Recently I’ve been reading a book called; ‘What’s Mine Is Yours: The rise of collaborative consumption’. In it, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers outline the increasing phenomenon of sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping.
Yep, we’re not so saintly that we’ll never drive anywhere, we’re just going to try and do it collaboratively! We’ve signed up for CityHop, the NZ version of ZipCar. Basically, you pay $65 to join up for six months. Whenever you need a car you either phone, or go online, and book it for however long you need it. It is $15/hour which includes fuel and insurance, and between 6pm – 8am it is just $30 all up. When the time comes to pick up the car, you simply walk up to it, swipe your card over a reader on the windscreen and the car unlocks. Inside you’ll find the keys and away you go. Once you’re done you simply return it and walk away. There are cars located at different spots around the city, and lucky for us one is right at the bottom of our building, in fact it is a lot closer then our old car park which was a couple of blocks away. For weekend trips we’ll rent from a traditional car rental agency.
It’s early days, but so far we’re breaking even. Last week we put our $150 in the bank and today I just spent $95 renting a car for one day this weekend to get to a friend’s birthday out of town, by the time we pay for petrol it should be bang on. Stay tuned to hear how we go!
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