Whether you like to share a lift with others or prefer the independence of travelling alone, there are alternatives to the normal procedure of everyone going into debt to buy a brand new car, and making payments on it for years to come. We all know the value dives the minute your drive it out of the showroom. So what about sharing a car? If there is a scheme in your town, it may be an option.
- Bla Bla Car is a European company that has good safety caveats in place, for sharing lifts. You can even choose the type of sharer (so a shy person doesn’t get stuck on a long journey with a motormouth!)
- If you prefer to drive alone, you can share cars with others through several companies (you pay an hourly rate, the company pay for everything else). Co-Wheels is a national social enterprise so rates are cheaper, and they can help you set one up, using private cars owned by members.
- Or to even more independent, Hiyacar and Turo both take care of the paperwork and insurance, so you can rent cars off local people in your community.
- Splitcab (London) lets you split the fare and share a taxi. This creates fewer emissions and you can save up to 60% on your fare. They have good safety caveats, and the app is often used to book normally expensive airport transfer journeys.
- Goboony lets you rent a motorhome direct from owners who are not using it. This works out around 40% cheaper, and there is even a website Campspace, where you can camp in people who have large gardens.