The financial benefits of carsharing begin to add up quickly. If you’re reducing the number of cars in your household to join CarShare, you will significantly decrease what you spend on car insurance – many people pay thousands annually. As a CarShare member, the cost of insurance is included in your monthly or annual plan fee. Also, as a CarShare member you don’t have to pay for gas or maintenance – all those costs are included in driving rates. And, by choosing to own fewer cars to join (maybe you’re giving up your second car), you will be saving yourself a monthly car payment, or if you drive an older car, higher maintenance bills that come with driving a clunker. As a CarShare member, you only pay for when you actually drive!
By joining Community CarShare, you’re helping to reduce the number of cars on the road. This means fewer CO2 emissions are polluting the air, and you’re reducing your personal carbon footprint. CarSharing also helps people make greener transportation choices, since being a member means you don’t have to keep a car in your driveway. Knowing a car will be there when you need one means you have the choice to take whatever mode of transportation best suits your trip and is the least polluting.
One of the biggest social benefits of carsharing is that it’s convenient and hassle-free. Once you’re a member, you can reserve and pick up cars at your convenience, with no need to visit the office once you’ve completed your driver orientation. Other social benefits of carsharing include safer streets (more people walking and more eyes on the street), and by being a member of a local co-operative organization, you’re helping to build your local co-operative sector.
The benefits carsharing for corporate members are much the same as for personal members, but they can have a much larger impact for your company. By joining carshare, corporations have access to a virtual fleet – all the cars you need, with none of the hassle of managing and maintaining them. A corporate carshare membership can reduce fleet costs for an organization, or for smaller businesses, can provide easy and cost-effective access to vehicles when you need them.