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Three reasons to take advantage of car sharing in 2019

As car payments skyrocket and highways become more congested, you might prefer to stay off the road entirely. Meanwhile, Uber, Lyft and Lime are making their way into major cities, streamlining the route from point A to point B. However, car sharing services are becoming an affordable option that opens the door to more convenient, cost-friendly and enjoyable ride.

Convenience is Key

An SUV might be great for a weekend getaway with the family, but unnecessary for a quick trip to the grocery store.  Enter: car-sharing services. Many car-sharing services work through a smartphone application. Just open an app, press a few buttons, and boom--you have a car. By allowing consumers to use the car at their leisure, car sharing services save time--and money. Consumers are regaining their buying power, and you’re in control. Take advantage of the opportunity to take a trip on a whim and enjoy the convenience without the stress.

In addition to the convenience factor, space is another advantage that benefits car-sharing consumers. In many car-sharing services, drivers do not have to pay for parking; paying for a parking spot, let alone finding one in the first place, can be hard on your wallet. Fortunately, you can now live in an urban area with the freedom and ease of living in the suburbs or country.

The Most Bang for your Buck

Assuming that you drive 15,000 miles per year, you’re paying nearly $9,000 to own and operate a vehicle according to the United States Department of Transportation. Moreover, with car sharing, owners do not have to pay for maintenance, and car insurance is often bundled within the membership fee. The Globe and Mail stated that you can save between $154 to $435 per month, depending on how often you travel.  If you’re looking to increase your savings or make the most of your dollar, car sharing is an option you can’t ignore.

Not Enough Time? Car Sharing Can Change That

At the end of the day, car sharing can help you spend more time with family and friends without the stress associated with parking, car fees and sometimes insurance. Most car-sharing services such as ZipCar are located throughout major cities, making it simple for you to find an available vehicle through a mobile app. Expect zero wait times, a full gas tank and zero maintenance problems. Most companies refuel and examine vehicles regularly to further increase the ease of use. 

Individual users and families can personalize their car-sharing experience based on a multitude of features including car type and cost. As car sharing of transportation becomes an even more viable alternative, the benefits of convenience, cost and time saved will only improve.

Laura Baird is a senior majoring in Strategic Communication with minors in Food Processing and Psychology. She is an Account Associate at The Practice, a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and a member of Ohio State PRSSA. Laura hopes to pursue a career in nonprofit management or public relations.