I live in London. The public transport is rather good - you may hear us complain about it a lot
But there are still times where a car is the best way to go.
If you don't own a car then dealing with Car Hire companies and all their paperwork is enough to make you consider taking that antique table and shoving under the armpit of a fellow train commutter.
But now there is a solution in for form of Car Clubs and Car Sharing schemes
I have been a member of some of these schemes for ages, but only in the past year have I actually sold my car as there is no real need for me to put up with the maintenance, parking and insurance hassles
Here is my experience from a London perspective. I will add more as I use them (feel free to suggest in the comments)! (although most operate in many other places) - Discuss at the bottom!
Cost to Join: £4.99 with This link
Joining Bonus: 25 free minutes
Annual Cost: Zilch
Cost to Use: usually 39p per minute but sometimes drops to 29p
Areas: London: Islington, Hackney, Haringey and the lower half of Waltham Forest
also Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden
Vehicles: Various BMW/Mini (including Convertibles and i3)
Congestion Charge: £5 (Free with an i3)
Club Type: Point to Point (within Business Area)
A relatively new scheme and only covers a few boroughs but really useful as you can drop anywhere, pay per minute and now also has convertibles. There always seems to be a car nearby
Cost to Join: £59.50
Joining Bonus: £25 driving credit if you use This Link
Annual Cost: £59.50
Cost to Use: From £6 (capped evenings and weekends)
Areas: All of London: Also Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow Maidstone, Oxford.
Other Countries: Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Turkey, Canada, US
Vehicles: Mostly Golfs, Fiestas and VW Transporter Vans
Fuel: 30miles Included per day
Congestion Charge: Included
Club Type: Put it where you got it (Cars dotted all over)
Been around for perhaps a decade now (when they were known as Streetcar), I've mostly used them for renting Vans as they have quite a few about.
Needs more thought put into it than Drivenow but if you want a car/van for the afternoon/evening then they are the way to go.
They have to go back to where you got them but then that always guarantees there is a place to put them!
Cost to Join: Free
Joining Bonus: £10 with This Link
Annual Cost: Nout
Cost to Use: Set by owner
Areas: London (says UK but not much choice elsewhere yet)
Vehicles: Allsorts of cars
Fuel: Usually Refill at end
Congestion Charge: Not Included
Club Type: Renting other people's cars
I have not used these so much as being a bit British I am too worried I will get someone else's car dirty or damaged in a way I care not for a hire car!
But they do have quite a few more interesting