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INTRODUCING RESERVATION EXTENSIONS
Members have often asked for a way to hold on to a reservation for longer – whether for a couple more minutes to get ready or a way to reserve a car a few hours in advance for a specific trip. We’re proud to launch a new reservation extension feature in North America today. You can now extend your car2go reservation in 15-minute intervals!
The first 30 minutes of your reservation will remain free, and now you can add 15-minute increments.
How does it work?
First, you’ll need the latest version of the app on the App Store or Google Play.
After you reserve a car2go, a plus (+) sign will appear next to your remaining reservation time. Just tap it and confirm you want to extend your reservation by 15 minutes – you can do this multiple times if you wish:
…and that’s it! So feel free to hit that snooze button, show up fashionably late, or save the cardio for the gym.
LIVING WITHOUT A CAR IN A CAR-HEAVY CITY
Without a car, getting to work, the concert or a friend’s house becomes a game of strategy- different options work in different contexts. As more people have given up their cars, more mobility options have appeared, and getting around is much easier than it used to be.
I’ve been getting around without a car in Texas for as long as I’ve lived here (a famously car-dependent state). Here are some alternatives to consider if you’re thinking about giving up your four wheels in a city.
When I first started working in Austin after graduating, I took the bus everywhere. A monthly transport pass in Austin ran anywhere from around $40 to $100 depending on whether you used the local or express buses or the train.
While taking the bus in Austin can be slower, with frequent stops and a few delays, taking the bus everyday also means getting to know the regulars. I made some great friends on the bus, especially when it came to professional relationships, as I often rode with coworkers heading in the same direction.
Outside of work, the bus was always easy during the day, but getting home after a night out was always a game of jostling for space and observing the drama that intoxicated people crammed into a small space could create.
Two years ago, I bought a bike. There’s so much more you can do on two wheels than two legs.
All of a sudden, the commute that took 20-30 minutes by bus went down to about 8 minutes. On a bike, you quickly develop an idea of where the quiet neighborhoods are and discover things you’d never know about by taking the normal street route.
There are some downsides: when it gets hot, you sweat. When it rains, you’re drenched.
You absolutely have to wear a helmet… which makes for some interesting hair days. I’ve been doored by a pickup truck and even went full Tokyo Drift in the rain once and slid across the road.
My advice: wear a helmet, it’s good for your health.
Ridesharing and taxis are great gap-fillers. After a night out, it’s almost always the only way home. You meet some cool drivers on the way, too. If you haven’t been asking drivers to tell you stories, you’ve been missing out on some good stuff.
I’ve heard tales of picking up train-hoppers, traded stock tips and heard countless other shenanigans. Aside from the wait time for a pick up, it’s relatively quick and easy, but it can add up really fast, especially with surge pricing. And sometimes you just want to be alone.
Using a car
From my limited experiences of renting a car and occasionally driving someone else’s, I’ve found that one of the worst parts of having a car is needing to take it back where you got it from.
I’m used to just figuring things out on the fly and not having a plan, but when I did drive a car somewhere, I always had to take it home or drop it back off at the rental office.
Although that comes with a bit of peace of mind, it can become a problem when you want to stay longer or need to leave a concert early so that you don’t spend an hour getting out of the parking garage.
Owning a personal car
Next month, I’ll be moving to a new place that’s a bit farther from work, so I’ve been considering a personal car. Recently, I got a quote for car insurance that was so astronomically high, it dwarfed the cost of the vehicle I was looking to lease. It was the equivalent of about half my rent.
After all the different factors: filling up gas, parking passes and the astronomical cost of insurance, I’m not sure if it’s the best idea.
After all, I’d be saving about $400 a month (insurance + lease + gas – current monthly spend on transport) which means I can theoretically do the responsible thing and put that in a 401k, or just have more of a buffer for the illogical spending that comes with being in my twenties.
At first, without a car, getting from A to B can feel like a bit of a struggle.
After a while, it becomes a lot more enjoyable when you meet people on the bus, or start to live a healthier lifestyle from biking, or being able to grab a car2go when you need it.
With one-way carsharing, there are so many options, even without a car: it’s really easy to drive to happy hour and take the bus/rideshare home, or bike to the store and take a car2go home.
Also, if you’re running late for work, no one knows the shortcuts like you do, so getting there on time is a lot more manageable when you’re at the wheel.
Saving money is a great motivator too, and the environmental impact of giving up a vehicle is quite substantial.
For me, not owning a vehicle has allowed me to travel at my own pace, being able to go where I want, leave when I want and explore an ever-expanding city at my own leisure – a pretty good return for that extra money I’m saving.
How about you – how do you get around and why?
#SCARYNOTSCARY HALLOWEEN CONTEST
Once upon a midnight dreary…
Do you have a knack for storytelling? Are your Instagram Stories scary-good? Could you use a $3100 Visa Gift Card? We’ve got a contest for you to enter…if you dare. We want to see your best interpretation of this prompt:
“…and then I got away in a car2go.”
Submissions can be anything from a tweet to a short story, or a video, and we’re pretty open on how you interpret the prompt. We’ll be accepting submissions from all over Canada and the United States excluding Quebec, New York, Rhode Island and Florida. Take a look at the Official Rules here for more details.
1 “Hallowinner” Grand Prize – $3100 USD Visa Gift Card
1 “Halloweenie” Runner-up – $500 USD Visa Gift Card
1 Dedicated $1000 Prize for the best* video submission
How to enter**
Make a post on Twitter, Instagram or publicly on Facebook with the hashtags #car2go and #ScaryNotScary either in the caption or body of the post.
Alternatively, you can also post on Instagram or Facebook Stories with the hashtags #car2go and #ScaryNotScary, but be sure to set your stories to auto-download so you can send it to us in a message after the 24-hour timer expires so we can see them.
Here are a couple of sample submissions to get you started:
There’s no one here yet the bushes rustle,
I pull my phone out and start to hustle
Staring yellow eyes send shivers from tip to toe
and then I got away in a car2go
Of course, your submissions don’t have to be poetry, or even written word. Feel free to submit videos, images, arts and crafts or whatever else you think might help you tell your story. We’ll be featuring the top submissions on our social channels and blog on Halloween.