Monday, September 14, 2009

Car Clubs

Joining a car club could save you nearly £2,000 a year and make servicing, maintenance, tax, insurance and MOT costs a thing of the past.

Research undertaken for transport charity Carplus, higlighted that despite the fact that London's car owners are investing thousands keeping their cars on the road:

* Over half of them spend less than three and a half hours driving per week

* More than half quote difficulty in finding a parking space as a reason for not wanting a car

How it works

* Register with a car club to receive a smartcard and PIN

* Book your car

* Swipe your smartcard to gain access to your car and enter your PIN

* Return the car to its dedicated parking bay when you're finished

The cost

Most car clubs will charge you:

* An annual fee or deposit of £100 to £200

* £4.00 - £5.00 for the first hour and £2.00 - £3.00 for subsequent hours

* Around 15-20 pence a mile for a typical urban journey

Some clubs also take a booking charge.

London car clubs

* City Car Club
* Streetcar
* WhizzGo
* Zipcar

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