Three ways carsharing just got better for you

by Matthew Piggott

If you’re like me, you spend your day trying to figure out how to make carsharing more awesome for everyone who wants to join. OK, let’s be honest, if you’re reading this your typical day is probably not similar to mine. Nevertheless, we’ve recently been successful in getting some important wins for our members (and future members) that I just can’t wait to share with you.

No more ‘less experienced driver’ fees!

A few years ago, Community CarShare took a big step forward when those under 21 and/or with a G2 license were allowed to join and be covered on our insurance policy. The catch? Less experienced drivers were considered higher risk and so we were forced to charge those drivers an extra fee of $10/month.

I’m now pleased to report that this fee is gone! That’s a savings of $120/year we’re very glad to pass on to our members as of the June 2017 billing cycle.

If you’re under 21 and/or have a G2 license and were previously turned off by the extra the fee, now’s the time to give Community CarShare a second look.

Can you say cheaper kms?

If you’ve looked into our rates before, you’ll know that we charge $0.25/km, which is a pretty good deal already, given that our rates have gas and insurance included. But could it get better? Yes, yes it could!

We crunched the numbers and decided that it made sense to charge less per km on trips longer than 250 kms. Any kms driven over the first 250 on any booking will now only cost $0.15. (The first 250 kms still cost $0.25)

Can you say road trip in the CarShare?

Licensing requirements that actually make sense

Picture this: you’re a young driver, or someone who has recently obtained their G1 license, and you successfully get your G2 within eight to twelve months, giving you a year of driving experience. Previously, to become a CarShare member you needed two years of driving experience to join, so we generally couldn’t accept brand new G2 drivers.

Now, things work much better. You can apply with one year’s worth of driving experience and become a member of Community CarShare. Any licensed period counts towards that 1 year, even the time in which you had your G1. This opens up carsharing as an opportunity for new drivers like never before.

There’s another group of people this will also help, those with an international license. You can use your out of province/country licensing to join Community CarShare, or even combine your Ontario license with previous experience in another country in order to join. There are a few conditions for out of country applicants, however we rarely have to turn anyone down. Contact us to begin the application process if you have an out-of-country license, or if you have any questions.

So, let’s recap:

  • No more $10/month fee for less experienced drivers
  • Additional kms (any over the first 250 driven) now cost $0.15
  • You only need one year of licensing experience to join

Sound good? It also makes sense to review our FAQs before you apply. Check it out, and I look forward to welcoming more of you as members this summer!