When Tim Uden moved in to his new CBD apartment in Melbourne five years ago, practically everything he needed was on his doorstep: restaurants, shops, movies and theatres. From his home he could run his online business selling travel accessories and international SIM cards.
One thing he no longer needed was his own car, and on the occasions he did need to get beyond the city he would utilise Melbourne’s car-share services including, now, the new RACV Car Share.
“I saw an ad on the RACV website while going in to pay a bill,” Tim explains. “I needed a car for the next day so I thought I’d try it out, because it’s handy to where I live.”
RACV Car Share, powered by Thrifty, is a simple, convenient way to have a car only when you need one.
With no joining or membership fees, you reserve a car at racvcarshare.com.au and, 15 minutes prior to pick-up, you’ll receive a six-digit code by SMS that you use to unlock the allocated vehicle. The cars are kept at the RACV City Club in Bourke Street, enter via New Chancery Lane.
The cars are the fuel-efficient Toyota Prius c, and rates start at $12.50 an hour, including all on-road costs.
Daily bookings include up to 350km of driving, whereas most other car share services that Tim used had 100km included, after which he was charged about 30 cents per kilometre. “On a trip to Marysville those extra kilometres almost double the cost of the rental,” he says.
“RACV Car Share has many advantages. It’s convenient, you can access the car with a pin number rather than having one more card to carry around, you have a more generous allowance of kilometres, and there’s no plan where you’re committed to spend a certain amount every month.
It’s a great option in my life.”
For more, go to racvcarshare.com.au
Published in RoyalAuto Dec 16/Jan 17