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#1 2017-12-01 18:09:20

MichaelBluejay
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Cost of Car2Go vs. car ownership

It'll come as no surprise that Car2Go is cheaper than owning a car only if you use the Car2Go infrequently.  But what's the breakeven point?

Let's assume someone uses Car2Go an hour a day during weekdays (e.g. 30 minutes each way to/from work, or a shorter commute plus some smaller trips), and doesn't use it on the weekends at all, and that the tax rate is 8.25%.  With a per-minute rate of 41¢, that gives us a yearly cost of 41¢ x 60 minutes 1.0825 (tax) x 365 days/yr x 5/7 (to account for weekdays only) = $6943/year for Car2Go.

For comparison, AAA says the annual cost of owning and operating a small sedan is $6354 ($7687 for a hybrid, $8171 for a medium sedan).  Granted, that's for about twice as many miles as would be put on the Car2Go (15,000 vs ~7500).  Still, Car2Go doesn't seem to be a cost-effective replacement for a car unless you drive it pretty infrequently (such as to supplement an otherwise car-free lifestyle, based on mostly biking/walking/busing).

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#2 2017-12-04 16:34:00

ecloera
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Re: Cost of Car2Go vs. car ownership

We moved from Portland to Austin a number of years ago. We didn't have a car there and thought we could do it here. We tried using Car2Go, the bus, TNC's, bikes and we walked a lot as well. We both work from home, so we didn't even have to go anywhere for work. We did live near two grocery stores and a decent bus line that ran every 30 minutes. After 4 years we finally gave up. We got on the Tesla list and bought a Chevy Bolt. And now we live in the city center. We tried for years and just gave up on public transportation. When I go back to visit family in Virginia, it's so natural to just get off my plane and get on a train to my family's residence or even going back to Portland, get off the plane and get on Trimet to go visit friends. We hope things change here in Austin, but it doesn't look promising.

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#3 2017-12-04 23:17:35

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Cost of Car2Go vs. car ownership

Thanks for sharing your experience, ecloera.  I was car-free when I was single, but it was just too hard to do here with a family.  When we were in Japan, no problem: we had a car but would go literally *months* between uses.  Here's it's very different, and it's entirely because there aren't good alternatives to driving.  Here's my story about giving up.

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