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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing
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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Here at goDCgo, we love the freedom that Zipcar and Connect by Hertz offer District residents who choose to live car-free. Now, new companies are putting an interesting spin on the car sharing concept with what’s being called “neighbor to neighbor” or “peer to peer” car sharing. The idea is to allow individual car owners to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them to non-car owners. The arrangement benefits both owner and renter: the owner is able to offset the cost of car ownership and maintenance—potentially earning up to $7,400 a year depending on the type of car and number of rental hours; and the renter may find lower rates and more convenient locations of vehicles. And as an added bonus, every shared car replaces approximately 14 cars on the road, leading to less road congestion and pollution.

To date, three businesses using the “neighborhood” car sharing concept have taken off in several U.S. cities. For the most part, all three companies have similar technologies for installing car-unlocking devices on rental cars for members, as well as policies concerning gas and insurance policies. Each company also carefully screens both eligible drivers and cars.

For the full article about companies leading the way in neighbor to neighbor car sharing, visit goDCgo’s blog.

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