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Car Sharing: another great Dutch idea

Cars. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t live without ’em.

So what to do on those occasions where a car is really useful. 

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share those wheels

There are a number of good examples of ways to access a car without owning one. 

 

There’s another one at the end of our road. Bear in mind that in some areas of The Netherlands  the waiting list for a parking permit is several years and you may have to own a car to apply that you then need to park far from home until the permit is available. Car ownership is also discouraged by heavy vehicle taxes.

With a car share you have a pass that opens the car and you book by the hour. Then go to the place where it’s parked and pick it up. 

Really handy. 

Don’t you think? 

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13 comments on “Car Sharing: another great Dutch idea

  1. wscottling
    March 25, 2015

    We have several companies here in the States that do that as well, mostly in university towns and bigger cities. The most prominant that I know of is called Zipcar. The apartments I’m living in have zipcars for people who don’t have a car. I think it’s a great idea.

    Of course, it’s not free, but what is? 🙂 It’s not terribly expensive either… When I went to university and didn’t have a car, it cost me about $40 a month and then they rented the car by the hour ($11 an hour if I remember correctly it’s been four years), plus late fees if it wasn’t returned on time. But it was still less money than actually owning a car and of course less hassle than maintaining one since I didn’t really need one at the time.

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  2. wscottling
    March 25, 2015

    Also, in New York City, they have a bike sharing program where one can rent a bicycle for the day or a few hours. I thought that was a brilliant idea too. At my university, they had bikes any student could just use for free so long as they stayed on campus.

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    • lizard100
      March 25, 2015

      They don’t really do that in The Netherlands except for tourists.

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      • wscottling
        March 25, 2015

        I looked it up after I posted the comment, they actually have this in most major cities here in the US. I never knew! ^_^

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      • lizard100
        March 25, 2015

        That’s good to know!

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  3. Jackie
    March 25, 2015

    We have the City Car Club system in the UK – I use it from time to time, being a car free household otherwise

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  4. Emily Scott
    March 25, 2015

    We used to have a car, but found it was more hassle than it was worth as it kept getting vandalised. Someone even stole the number plate! In a city these car sharing schemes can really work well.

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    • lizard100
      March 25, 2015

      That’s so frustrating.

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      • Emily Scott
        March 25, 2015

        Yes and no. I’m not a big fan of cars, I resent their noise, pollution and the way everyone’s turning their front gardens into a concrete car park. But they are useful sometimes.

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  5. ecogreenlover
    March 25, 2015

    I love car sharing and prefer them than buying an actual car. Is there when you really really need it but don’t have to bother with taxes, traffic jam, maintenance, insurance, parking… we use it only every quarter to make the our bulky shopping (you know all that heavy stuff can be stored for days) here in Europe is quite common

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  6. Rambling Woods
    March 26, 2015

    Another great idea

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