Owning a car can be both expensive and a lot of work, but sometimes you just really need four wheels. Enter Austin’s innovative car-sharing company car2go, which lets you easily zip around town without paying too much for your four-wheeled freedom.
With Uber and Lyft no longer in Austin thanks to the demise of Prop 1, options are slim if you suddenly need to get out and about. But that just means it’s the perfect time to become a car2go member and begin accessing the easy, eco-friendly service, which debuted in Austin in 2010. Membership also extends to the company’s 13 North American locations — that’s 7,000 cars just waiting for you to take them out on an adventure.
Members need only scan the recognizable blue-and-white Smart cars with the mobile app to unlock the car, get the keys, and go. There’s no mileage limit, and when you’re finished you can simply park the car within the operating area, or “Home Area,” lock it, and be on your way. No fueling up, no parking fees, no additional insurance necessary, and no need to bring the car back from where you got it. And while the cars may be small, car2go’s air conditioning blows big, nice and cold no matter how hot it gets outside this summer.
It gets even better. From now through June 19, car2go’s one-time membership fee of $35 is waived, plus you’ll get a bonus free 15 minutes of drive time when you use the code C2G15. Regularly $0.41 a minute, the price also drops to $0.32 for an extended period of time.
That’s it. No monthly fee, and definitely no surge pricing. No matter what’s going on in the city, car2go has you covered. And if the streets are extra crowded, you’ll be thankful for the compact silhouette of car2go’s vehicles as they squeeze into parking spots that other cars would drive right by.
Car2go’s uniquely convenient and affordable car-sharing service encourages more people to share fewer cars. Austin car2go’s 58,000-plus members are helping to alleviate the 512’s gnarly traffic congestion through car-sharing. Fewer cars on the road also helps to improve our air quality, translating to better quality of life for all of us. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?