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Drivers could save €1,000 a year by ditching cars

The Local · 28 Sep 2012, 16:22

Published: 28 Sep 2012 16:22 GMT+02:00

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“Car-sharing is a great idea, and also works in practice,” the Stiftung Warentest report’s authors said.

They gave five of the nine car-sharing programs they examined a rating of “good”, while the others ranked “satisfactory”, in a study published in the October edition of the group’s magazine.

The researchers said they were impressed with the ease with which one could book a car, and by the overall condition of the shared vehicles.

People who drive fewer than 7,500 kilometres a year could save up to €1,000 euros a year by abandoning their cars and taking part in a program, according to the study.

The car-sharing companies take care of all repairs, tire changes, inspections, and insurance, and some offer a wide array of different types of vehicles the participant can use – from compact cars to vans.

There is a good availability of cars in Germany’s larger cities, where not just the traditional car-sharing programs but also some of the local car dealerships offer cars for short-term use.

In May, Deutsche Bahn announced it was working on a partnership with BMW, Daimler and other companies to create a new nationwide car-sharing network.

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18:23 September 30, 2012 by pepsionice
The way this "works"....which I can relate to because I live in Arlington, VA....you need a large metropolitan area where a segment of people don't own cars. These are people who use subway and buses for eighty percent of their weekly travels. The truth is....they'd be better off not owning a car, and just using a service like this for four hours on a Saturday, twice a month. It makes more sense to think about the overall cost of what a full-time vehicle cost you and relate that to public transportation costs. If you only need a vehicle on eighteen days out of the year, which is my own case....then owning a car just isn't practical, but you still occasionally need one. This concept fits perfect.
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