If you’ve heard of car share, you’ve probably heard about what it can do for our cities. Yes, car share makes our cities cleaner and more livable, but how does car share benefit individuals like you?

That’s what we’re talking about here – what you can get out of a car sharing service like GoGet.

What is car share?

Car share networks gives you access to cars without having to own them. You join as a member, then have access to thousands of cars parked around the city that you can book by the hour.

The power of car share comes from replacing a car that you own. Tens of thousands of Australians use GoGet instead of owning a car at all, and many more use GoGet instead of owning two cars.

The benefits of car sharing

By reducing the number of cars on the road, car share is great for our cities as it reduces traffic, improves parking availability and reduces pollution. But not only this, car share can also help you in three key ways:

  1. Car share saves you money,
  2. It saves you time and hassle, and
  3. GoGet lets you drive a range of great new cars.

1. Car share and saving money

Owning your own car is expensive. Even a small car costs at least $7,000 a year to run. That includes the hidden costs like:

  • Buying the car,
  • Finance,
  • Depreciation,
  • Petrol,
  • Insurance,
  • Registration, and
  • Tyres and maintenance.

If you use your car for work, or have to drive a lot because of where you live, these costs might be unavoidable. But the majority of private cars aren’t used much, staying parked most of the time.

If your car does less than 10,000km a year, you can probably save money with GoGet as you only pay when you use the car, from as little as just $6.50 and hour plus $0.40 per kilometre and a small monthly membership.

That pales in comparison to the thousands of dollars a car costs, and leaves you with plenty of cash to spend on other forms of transport you might need, like trains, taxis, or a new bicycle!

Friends at the beach in a GoGet - Car sharing: What Is It & How Can You Benefit?

2. Car share and saving time

Saving money is great, but the time and hassle you’ll save by not owning a car is even better. With GoGet, all these task are history:

  • Comparing and negotiating registration and insurance policies every 12 months,
  • Taking your car to the mechanic every 10,000km for a service,
  • Negotiating with a car dealer at purchase,
  • Washing and cleaning your car every other week, and
  • Annoying maintenance like changing the oil, pumping up the tyres or replacing a battery.

That’s all included with GoGet, so all you need to do is make a booking and drive. You’ll still need to fill the car with fuel occasionally, but we pay for it!

Two bakers using GoGet to save time and money

3. Access to a range of cars

Just because car sharers don’t own cars, it doesn’t mean they don’t like driving. In fact, the most fun part of car share is the driving!

The GoGet fleet features a huge range of different cars, including:

  • Mercedes convertibles,
  • Audi A3s and A1s,
  • Mercedes A180s,
  • SUVs like the Toyota RAV4,
  • HiAce one-tonne vans,
  • Toyota Corollas, including the new hybrid model, and
  • Hatchbacks like the Toyota Yaris.

Join GoGet and you’ll be able to drive any of these cars, at any time, for any reason (unless you’re on our van only plan). Whether it’s quick trip to the shops, a cruise down the coast, or to pick up furniture with a big van, GoGet has a car to suit.

If you love driving, you’ll love the options you get with GoGet.

Tom enjoying a GoGet van, one of the range of car share vehicles available to him

About Tim Beau Bennett

Tim is an ex-journalist and radio presenter, and has been a professional writer for over a decade. He regularly writes about technology, lifestyle, and smart cities, and has written for news site including the ABC, SBS, and Australian Financial Review.