In this world of increased costs and prices, traveling has become a huge nuisance. Gas prices around the globe have risen considerably, leaving car owns to spend troves in petrol/diesel bills alone. At the same time, the number of vehicles on the roads has gone up astronomically. Where 10-15 years back there were 500 cars on your neighborhood roads, now the number has gone way up into the many thousands. So not only do car owners spend more on pricey gasoline, but are also wasting precious time on the roads stuck in jams that can last for hours on end. An intriguing solution has been developed within the last few years, that if properly set-up, can help resolve both these issues considerably. At its core is the idea of sharing – Carpooling or car-sharing.
With Car-sharing individuals gain the benefits of private cars without the costs and responsibilities of ownership and insurance. Instead a household accesses a fleet of vehicles on an as is needed basis. In other words, it may be understood as organized form short-term car rentals. In recent years, it has sprung up in different parts of the world with varying forms of operations and set-ups. Large scale set-ups offer a huge number of rides that cater to a large urban area, whereas smaller ones around offer limited routes and limited number of vehicles for share.
Introducing the Uhaul Car Share Service
Uhaul Car Share is one mid-sized example of how the concept of Car-sharing revolutionizes transport in a particular area. Set-up in Kentucky, it offers perspective clients the opportunity to get the car of their choice for a particular journey within minutes of them logging onto the website. With fees starting from as low as $4.95/hour plus mileage to a maximum of $62/day, the client is guaranteed the lowest possible rates for hiring a car. The customer’s convenience is catered to at all times, and as such there is no need to sign-up for membership or an account before they get hold of a ride. All that is required is a picture of the driver’s license, a picture of the customer, and everything is good to go.
The client makes reservation online, checks through GPS for the nearest Uhaul Car Share car, and submits the requisite information on the website. Once the reservation is made, the system requests the user to send in a picture that he/she can take from their mobile and upload. For security reasons, the picture is verified against what was uploaded (On the driver’s license) at the time of reservation. In no time the confirmation arrives along with a 7 digit code that gives the customer to the nearest Uhaul Car Share car. The customer unlocks the car by entering the access code, get is and is off on his stipulated journey!
Being a business that is for the benefit of the larger community, the car is supposed to be returned to the spot from which it was taken, so that the next perspective client from the particular area can have an easy time of finding it and using it for his/her convenience.