Getting Around the City is Easy with Car Share!

Everyday, millions of Torontonians are on the move, many city dwellers prefer commuting with the TTC, carpooling, and ride hailing. But when you need to go the distance, car sharing can be the most cost effective and the least time consuming.

Car sharing in the city is an evolving industry that has a vast market full of options for riders to choose from. Most car share companies are subscription based, enabling the consumer to pay one fee, and drive wherever they need to go, in or out of the city. Toronto is home to a wide variety of car sharing companies. Below are the top three companies in the city, which have the added bonus of gas and insurance included in their subscription.

 

Maven:

With recent entrance into the Canadian market, General Motors’ Maven is a new and alternative approach to ride sharing. With no membership fee, and hourly rates starting at $9 per hour, Maven is a simplified and seamless car sharing service with state-of-the-art vehicles loaded with all the latest technology.

 

Maven is completely app based and keyless, with every step of the rental process taking place on your smart phone. Pick up and drop off locations are all over the city, making it easy to find a car while on the go.

 

Zipcar:

Zipcar has had a long-lasting presence in Toronto with a large fleet of vehicles to choose from. With membership fees starting a seven dollars per month, and hourly rates from $8 – $10, Zipcar is a traditional car sharing company that created this market space with the city dweller in mind.

 

With an easy “tap” from the ZipCard, you have access to their fleet of vehicles and the freedom to drive wherever, whenever you please. Rentals can range from 1 hour to up to a week in length, as many times you need in a month!

 

Enterprise:

Enterprise CarShare is an automated way to rent a vehicle by the hour, the day, or overnight. A variety of makes and models are parked in your community – where you live, and where you work – and are accessible 24/7. Residents of the Greenrock communities get a special join offer. A resident can join for $10 (regularly $29 +$45 membership fee) and receive $55 in credit towards their membership or driving credits!

 

Check out www.enterprisecarshare.ca/gtahome for more info! With hourly rates from $6, including fuel, you can get around the city in style, Enterprise CarShare has small cars up to full size cargo vans. Minimum reservation of 45 minutes that can be extended in 15 minute increments.

 

Getting around the city shouldn’t be hard, with car share, you save money, time and most importantly, you can drive around in a pretty sweet ride! Instead of grinding through crowds on the TTC and lengthy GO delays, car share will get you get you to your holiday destination, on time and in style.

The best car sharing services in Toronto

 

The sharing economy is changing the way we live. It’s transforming the way we think about transportation and car ownership. No one would argue that having a car when you need one is convenient, and even necessary, at times. What may not be necessary is owning and maintaining a very expensive machine, around the clock — especially if you live in a city like Toronto. A walkable city with good public transportation means that you can get around without owning a vehicle. For those times when you need or want a car to carry home groceries, move a dresser, get to a meeting in the burbs, go on a date, or anything else — car sharing may make much more sense. Here are some of the best car sharing services in Toronto.

 

Car2Go

Credit: Car2Go

 

Car2Go is perhaps the most simple way to access a car when you need it. You literally take one of their cars from anywhere and everywhere they are available, including designated parking lots and street parking spots, then drop it off anywhere within the operating area when you’re done. You don’t have to return the vehicle to the same spot you picked it up from, or worry about finding a parking space. If you missed your bus, just jump in a car and go!

 

Choose from Smart For Two vehicles,  Mercedes-Benz GLA SUVs (when you need more room and/or all-wheel-drive), and Mercedes-Benz CLA sedans (when you’re looking for a little luxury and style). No reservation is required, no refueling, no hassles. You can use cars by the minute, hour or day. Their Trip Packages make longer rentals affordable, too. Perfect for spontaneous trips and people who aren’t into making plans. To make it even more attractive to spontaneous commitment-phobes, you can try Car2Go with no commitment, and no monthly fees or membership costs. Become a member and you’re a member for life. Get the app, and get on your way.

 

Zip Car

Credit: Zipcar

 

Zipcar can save you hundreds of dollars when compared to car ownership. Zipcar members can drive cars by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included. You are covered for up to 200 km per day. When you need fuel, fill up using gas card they provide and get on you way. You can choose from different plans that suit you the best. Choose from a wide selection of vehicles including sedans, hybrids, vans and more. Memberships start at just $7 per month. You can join zipcar online or just download the app. Book a car for a minimum of 1 hour, up to a maximum of 7 days. Reserve a car online and use your Zipcard to unlock the vehicle when you pick it up. When you’re done, simply return it to a reserved space and lock it up with your Zipcard.

 

Enterprise Car Share

Credit: Enterprise CarShare

 

Enterprise CarShare has expanded its services to include carsharing. It’s an automated way to rent a car by the hour, day, or overnight. Their rates start at under $7 an hour, with daily rates from $65, and overnight from $29. Vehicles are available 24/7. Choose the car that’s right for you, right now. The fleet includes pickup trucks, hybrids, sedans and electric vehicles. Fuel is included in the price, but you are expected to fill up the car when it hits ¼ of a tank, using the prepaid fuel card located in vehicle. Insurance coverage for damages and liability, as well as roadside assistance, are included. Additional coverage is available. To become a member, you must be 21 or over, and have a valid driver’s license and major credit card in your name.

 

Turo

 

Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that pairs car owners with people looking to rent a car for the day, week, month or more. It’s like Airbnb for cars. You bypass the rental company and rent cars online from locals in your city or the city you are visiting. Choose from affordable standard options, to rare and exotic specialty cars. You can pick up the vehicle, or have it delivered wherever you need it, at rates up to 35% less than the traditional rental agencies.

 

On the flip side, if you own a car that you don’t require every day, you can use Turo to help out with your ownership costs. On average Turo hosts can cover their car payments in less than 10 rental days per month. Owners are covered by Turo’s $2 million insurance policy.

 

To a rent a vehicle, or list your vehicle to rent, click here.

 

Car sharing is a great way to have a car when you want one — without worrying about hidden fees or responsibilities.

 

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