It seems that in the last couple of years fuel efficiency, hybrid technology and compact cars have been climbing to the top of peoples “wanted” list when looking at purchasing a new car. One of the drawbacks, however, is the cost of ownership, lack of carrying capacity and environmental impact. This is where eGo CarShare comes in for Denver and Boulder, Colorado residents. What is eGo Car Share? They are a non-profit organization that provides cars on a 24/7 reservations basis. Even better, their goal is to provide environmental friendly cars to help reduce pollution around the city, which is why their fleet of shared cars consists mostly of Honda Fits and Toyota Priuses. The idea here is that you can live in the city and instead of owning a car, share one with your other city neighbors through the eGo CarShare program. All you have to do is become a member and then you will gain access to all of their in-town locations with cars that can be reserved at anytime for specific amounts of time.
2010 Toyota Prius with 2009 model--can you spot the differences?
What is the catch? Really there isn’t one; the cars will cost you a $10 monthly fee on their Free Wheelin’ plan with a $2.50/hr and $0.30/mile charge per car trip. They also have a Daily eGo Trip Rate that is set at a flat $49/day if you need a car for an entire day. The other benefit is that you don’t have to carry insurance or gas. As an eGo member, they provided gas cards to fuel the vehicle and the cars are fully insured with a $250 deductible. It is a win, win for most people who only need a car a few times a month and as an extra bonus eGo CarShare also has a small fleet of Pickup trucks in case you need to move something.
2009 Honda Fit
Bottom line- If you are looking to be green and save some too, then you should check out car-sharing. Currently, there are car-sharing organizations in more than 40 cities around the U.S. So if you live in Denver, check out eGo CarShare and join the ranks of people around the country that are reducing their environmental impact.
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