How it Works: Carsharing was introduced as a membership-based service that provides users access to a network of automobiles 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at unattended locations. Once the membership fee is paid, the user is sent an electronic card that opens any of the rented autos and keeps track of usage.
In an attempt to decrease personal auto ownership, extraneous emissions, and costs, car-sharing memberships include gas, insurance, and specific daily mileage. Any miles over the daily allotment is additional, similar to that which one would pay through a traditional car rental company.
Yet, the concept was developed for shorter time rentals and shorter distance trips. It is meant to save people money from not having to own their own vehicle and pay all of the corresponding costs. Another great part of its concept is that a variety of automobiles are available, depending on the geographical area. They are more available in urban and heavily populated areas, such as metro and college areas.
It’s a fantastic concept until someone gets into an accident in a car they do not own.