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    • amstel2
    • By amstel2 10th Oct 17, 6:23 PM
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    Car clubs
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    • 10th Oct 17, 6:23 PM
    Car clubs 10th Oct 17 at 6:23 PM
    Hello

    I have just had to let my 20 year old car go as it was getting more & more un-reliable & the latest repairs would cost far more than the car was worth.

    I live in an urban area so public transport provision is good. I always take the bus to work (approx. 30 mins each way) & have an annual pass. I only tended to use the car at weekends.

    I am not in a financial position at the moment to replace the car (won’t be for approx. 3 years). Therefore I was thinking of occasionally hiring a car when needed & was looking at the Car Club thing where you can hire per hour or day. From what I can tell the only one in my locality is operated by Enterprise. Was wondering if anyone has used these or other Car Clubs in general.

    As I mentioned earlier this is just to get me through the next 3 years when I can then buy another car without taking on debt.

    Thanks
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    • elverson
    • By elverson 11th Oct 17, 8:41 AM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:41 AM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:41 AM
    There are two different types of car club.

    Enterprise / Zipcar - the car club own the vehicles and hire them out through the website. They only operate in certain cities and the vehicles usually have a dedicated parking space where you pick up the car.

    EasyCarClub / HiyaCar - these are 'peer to peer' services similar to Airbnb. People rent out their own vehicles on the website when they are not using them.

    Also if you're taking a bus for 30 mins each way, have you thought about cycling? Your journey time will probably be the same or even a bit faster.
    • amstel2
    • By amstel2 11th Oct 17, 12:07 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 12:07 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 12:07 PM
    There are two different types of car club.

    Enterprise / Zipcar - the car club own the vehicles and hire them out through the website. They only operate in certain cities and the vehicles usually have a dedicated parking space where you pick up the car.

    EasyCarClub / HiyaCar - these are 'peer to peer' services similar to Airbnb. People rent out their own vehicles on the website when they are not using them.

    Also if you're taking a bus for 30 mins each way, have you thought about cycling? Your journey time will probably be the same or even a bit faster.
    Originally posted by elverson
    Cycling not really an option as part of my journey is through a cross river tunnel.

    I forgot to ask. I have a full comp insurance with a full no claims bonus (protected). I haven’t claimed for over 20 years.

    Will this still be valid after a break in driving of 3 years.

    Thanks
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 11th Oct 17, 12:34 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 12:34 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 12:34 PM
    I use an Enterprise car occasionally - really easy to book vehicles and use the system.

    The downsides are you need to have a good idea of how long you are going to be. Hires can be extended in 15 minute periods, but there may be a back-back hire so you need to ensure the car is returned by the expiry time for the next user. You also have to return it to where you picked it up.

    Your insurance NCB may only be valid for 2 years. You need to check with your insurer.
    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 11th Oct 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 3:26 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 3:26 PM
    or.....

    get yourself a £2-300 car, and make sure you keep the NCD.... you may be surprised what you can do car-wise with a couple of hundred quid
    ......Gettin' There, Wherever There is......
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 11th Oct 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:00 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:00 PM
    or.....

    get yourself a £2-300 car, and make sure you keep the NCD.... you may be surprised what you can do car-wise with a couple of hundred quid
    Originally posted by GunJack
    Mate of mine does this all the time. So do some of his family. They seem to have few problems really, and get at least two or three years out of them.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 11th Oct 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 8:06 PM
    I forgot to ask. I have a full comp insurance with a full no claims bonus (protected). I haven’t claimed for over 20 years.

    Will this still be valid after a break in driving of 3 years.
    Originally posted by amstel2
    I think 2 years is the most any insurance company will consider for a gap, and most are 1.
    • amstel2
    • By amstel2 12th Oct 17, 6:33 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 6:33 PM
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    • 12th Oct 17, 6:33 PM
    Thanks for all the info. I am thinking now of getting a cheap car to see me through the next 3 years when i can then afford something nice.

    I can afford about a grand. The garage i have used for years reckon with their contacts they can get a decent one for that & they will check it over for me first.
    • GunJack
    • By GunJack 13th Oct 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 10:04 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 10:04 AM
    Thanks for all the info. I am thinking now of getting a cheap car to see me through the next 3 years when i can then afford something nice.

    I can afford about a grand. The garage i have used for years reckon with their contacts they can get a decent one for that & they will check it over for me first.
    Originally posted by amstel2
    wouldn't spend the majority of the grand on the car, allow for tax & insurance and the odd minor service bit within your overall budget
    ......Gettin' There, Wherever There is......
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