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What are the benefits of car sharing?
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Car sharing enables people without a car to use one when they need it without the costs of car payments, insurance, maintenance, and parking. Car sharing spreads those costs around to a community of people who all have access to the same cars. But the benefits run even deeper, especially for those who live in densely populated urban centers and surrounding neighborhoods. Consider this:

Take cars off the road

By car sharing, you’re helping take cars off the road. Less cars, less traffic. Less traffic, less wear and tear on the roads.  And less environmental impacts. Win, win. The opportunity is still much larger than the impact we’re seeing today, but as car sharing and ridesharing continue to grow the opportunity exists to make a valuable impact.

Pay as you go

With car sharing, you only pay to use a car when you need one. Car sharing with Maven, for example, is available by the hour or by the day. If you only need a car sometimes, for example to get around town for an hour or two, you can do so without overpaying to own a car. It is also another option to avoid rideshare surcharging. Besides, people who own a car in the city tend to let them sit around 90 to 95 percent of the time. That’s a lot of money to spend on a car when you rarely use it. But if you do need to own a car consider sharing it with others to help offset the costs.

Guaranteed parking

With Maven Car Sharing, you’re always guaranteed a parking spot. Sure, you’ll have to find legal parking during your trip, but when you are ready to return your Maven car, you won’t have to deal with the angst of circling the block to find a parking spot. There are some services that allow you to return the car anywhere within a large radius called a “zone.” This form of car sharing is called free floating, and it often doesn’t come with a parking spot but allows you the flexibility to not have to return the car to where you’ve picked it from as long as you park in the zone.

No membership or subscription fees

You’re never charged just to be part of the Maven community. You only pay for the cost of a reservation once you’re approved to drive. Other car sharing services like Zipcar charge a monthly subscription fee on top of an hourly or daily rate, according to its website here.

Walk, bike, run

By moving away from your reliance on a car, it’s naturally easier to consider alternative forms of transportation like walking and biking, which is good for the mind, body, and soul.

Car sharing is an incredibly economical and environmentally friendly way of getting around town. Sign up for a free account with Maven, and put these benefits to work for you.


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