All About Car Sharing in Canada

Getting around a large metropolitan area in Canada can be challenging and costly. The most affordable option available to you is to get rid of your car and ride a bike, use the city bus service, or use other similar modes of travel. However, individual transportation options that take you straight from one location to another in a fast time frame do have their advantages, and because of this, many people in Canada are reluctant to get rid of their car. A great middle ground between owning and driving your private car and other less convenient options is car sharing. Car sharing is rather new in Canada, but it is quickly revolutionizing the way people get around urban areas.

Getting around a large metropolitan area in Canada can be challenging and costly.

Getting around a large metropolitan area in Canada can be challenging and costly.

Membership Service

Many types of car sharing services in Canada are membership-based services. You sign up to join a car sharing service initially, and you will agree to a monthly fee or a fee based on usage. When you need to use a vehicle, you simply reserve your vehicle for the date and time you need it. Cars are located in convenient locations throughout the city, and you simply have to pick it up at one of these, preferably the one nearest to you. When you have finished using the vehicle, you return it to one of the many drop off locations.

Once you are a member, you make a reservation and book yourself a vehicle.

Once you are a member, you make a reservation and book yourself a vehicle. Photo by hyena reality.

Accessibility

Before you sign up for a car sharing service, you should consider the accessibility of the vehicles in relation to your needs. The fact is that these car sharing pickup and drop off locations are available in many locations throughout urban areas in Canada, and you may already travel by them regularly without even noticing them. You can contact a car sharing service in your town to determine the locations of the vehicles in order to determine how convenient it would be for you use these vehicles on a regular basis.

Cost Savings

For most drivers in Canada, the cost savings of car sharing services are considerable.  Each service is different, but in most cases, all of the vehicle’s expenses related to insurance, gas, maintenance, and repairs will be covered by the membership fee. You will pay a standard fee for the vehicle, or you will pay a fee based on usage, depending on the type of plan that you have agreed to. To determine how much money car sharing could realistically save you, add up your total vehicle costs today, including your monthly car payment, insurance cost, fuel expense, and other related costs. You may be surprised to learn how much money car sharing could put back in your pocket.

All you pay is a membership fee.

All you pay is a membership fee.

Convenience

As a final note, consider the convenience associated with car sharing. It may seem more convenient to have your own car parked in front of your house or in the garage. In reality, however, there are inconveniences associated with owning a vehicle, such as having to fill up the gas tank, take the vehicle in for repairs and maintenance, paying multiple bills for the car loan and insurance, and more. It may be far more convenient to pay your membership fee and have access to a vehicle when you need it. When you don’t need a vehicle, you will have no vehicle-related concerns or responsibilities.

No more costly car repairs.

No more costly car repairs. Photo by Surachai.

If you have not seriously considered how car sharing could benefit your life, take time to explore the option in detail today. This is a great way to make transportation easier and more affordable.

Is there a particular car sharing service that you prefer?  Leave a comment below!

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