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[Sep. 28th, 2009|02:09 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
I'm thinking of joining a car club, as it would be useful to have access to a car occasionally, but clearly insane to buy one. Does anyone have any experience of them? The two candidates I've narrowed it down to are Streetcar and City Car Club with Streetcar probably being favourite at this point. Zipcar don't have any cars anywhere near me, so they're out. So:

- has anyone any experience of such things, and general tips to look out for?
- has anyone any specific experience of Streetcar or City Car, and recommendations to use or avoid?
- are there any London based ones that I've missed and should be looking at?
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2009-09-28 01:16 pm (UTC)
i think jauntyalan and jauntyemma use streetcar and i've never heard them complain about it (hahaha, and emma totally would if it wasn't good ;))

have you looked at these guys? ;)

Edited at 2009-09-28 01:18 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: yiskah
2009-09-28 01:20 pm (UTC)
Friends of mine used Streetcar for a while (stopped because they bought their own car) and spoke very highly of it.
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From: alnya
2009-09-28 01:47 pm (UTC)
We use City Car Club up here in Edinburgh, and they're very good, very reasonable etc for short runs.
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[User Picture]From: barrysarll
2009-09-28 01:58 pm (UTC)
Another second-hand vote for Streetcar, friends of mine are very happy with it.
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[User Picture]From: perfectlyvague
2009-09-28 02:22 pm (UTC)
It is a royal pain in the arse, my reasons for giving it up were that in "ondon you can never tell how long a trip to ikea will take you, traffic, queues, also the fact that the return the car to the place you got it from is not always what you need. You also spend about 10 mins of you hire time checking the logbook damage reports which are very repetative and badly thought out because the cars have hundreds of tiny scratches and bumps.
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[User Picture]From: kiss_me_quick
2009-09-28 02:37 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of joining Streetcar for when.if I move house, but last time I looked it had quite a high membership fee, so perhas not. I've not heard of the other one.
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[User Picture]From: kiss_me_quick
2009-09-28 02:48 pm (UTC)
Crikey the excess is huge!
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[User Picture]From: perfectlyvague
2009-09-28 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yup, that was why I was so paranoid about checking the damage log every time I used my local car. It really is better and cheaper to save your money and just find a good cheap hire firm and do one day hires when you really need it.
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[User Picture]From: bengraham
2009-09-29 01:43 pm (UTC)
It was the membership fee that put me off joining, and I ended up just buying a car. I don't use it that often, but it is very convenient having it available when I need it.
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[User Picture]From: shermarama
2009-09-28 03:26 pm (UTC)
I have owned a car in London (in the same area as you too) and it's not a *completely* nuts thing to do. Depends what you need a car for, and if you can get away with a small, efficient, post-2001 car, post-2001 affecting how they calculate road tax and Islington parking permits and generally making small cars much cheaper.

I reckon my car cost about £15 a week in standing costs and maintenance last year, and it's pre-2001 so actually a smaller, more modern car could cost less, and will still have done almost all of its depreciating. It was worth it for me since I did a lot of diving trips where public transport would have been impossible, and the running costs were split between two of us. Just an idea of numbers for comparison...
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