Join a car club
A car club is a membership scheme that offers you the use of a
car on a pay-as-you-go basis when you really need it - without the
costs associated with owning a car. If you drive less than 8,000
miles per year you will financially benefit from car club
membership - Carplus estimate you could save as much as £3,500 per
year. Groups that would benefit from using a car club include:
- people who just need a car occasionally and don’t want
the expense and hassle of owning and running one;
- families who currently run two or more cars or are thinking of
buying a second car - many cars spend as much as 95% of their life
parked in a driveway or in a car park!
- businesses that permit employees to use their own vehicles for
business trips - typically mileage costs can be reclaimed at rates
of around 50p per mile; and
- younger drivers who find the high costs associated with owning
a car (including insurance, maintenance, fuel, tax and the purchase
price) a barrier to ownership. Younger drivers can have access to a
vehicle to gain valuable driving experience without the expense as
long as they have held a licence for a period of 12 months.
Car clubs in West Sussex
There are currently two car clubs in West Sussex. Both clubs are
operated by Co-Wheels, which has a network of 230 cars available to
members in 40 towns and cities across the UK. In West Sussex
vehicles are available to hire from just £3.75 per hour - plus 13p
per mile for fuel costs - at the following locations:
- East Street, Chichester
- West Street, Chichester
- North Street, Horsham
- Brighton Road, Horsham
- Melbourne Road, Chichester (expected October
- Ettrick Road, Chichester (expected October 2014)
To book a car or obtain further information visit the Co-Wheels website.
Setting up a car club
Car clubs work best in areas where businesses can make use of
the cars during working hours and residents use them in the
evenings and at weekends. The vehicles have dedicated parking
spaces, which are conveniently located in the local community.
If you are interested in setting up a car club then further
information and a list of operators is available on the Carplus website.