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Which car sharing service fits your needs?

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How do you go about choosing which car sharing service is the perfect fit for you?

Are you toying with the idea of going carless? Do you live in a city that has a great public transportation system? Do you own a car and rarely drive it? No matter the answer, I'm sure you still need occassional car services to visit your family or run to the grocery store. Not to worry, there are short-term car rental services that will allow you to share a vehicle. Making an informed decision is the first and most important step. Simply looking through the hourly/daily rates and picking from there isn't always the most resourceful. Following these guidelines can help you make a smart decision.


1. Check Availability In Your Area

Depending on your location, certain car sharing services won't be available. Generally, most car sharing and ride-hauling services are only available in larger cities. For example, St. Louis, Missouri, only has three Zipcar hubs. Price discrepancy, as well as vehicle makes and models are different in each city. In St. Louis, you can rent a Ford Focus Hatchback for 9$ an hour and 69$ a day. A Ford Focus Sedan is 7.50$ an hour and 69$ a day. 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-07_at_12.54.16_PM.pngSource: Zipcar 

Los Angeles, California on the other hand has 20 main Zipcar hubs. The Zipcars in Los Angeles range anywhere from 12.25$ an hour to 7.50$ an hour. For a BMW X1 the cost is 11.25$ an hour and 89$ per day. A Honda Fit is priced at 8.50$ an hour and 69$ a day. 

Screen_Shot_2016-03-07_at_12.53.53_PM.pngSource: Zipcar 

Whichever company you decided to ride with -Zipcar, Car2Go or Enterprise CarShare- make sure to check their website and see if they do indeed operate in your area. 

2. Which Fits Your Needs

How long do you think you'll need the car? Will you be running errands around town? Or are you more of a road-trip person? 

If you aren't a fan of ride-hauling services, such as Uber and Lyft, you may want to look closer into Car2Go. Once you reach your destination with Car2Go, you can either end your trip or have a stopover and continue driving. If you are ending your drive, you have to return the vehicle to its home area and park in an approved spot. During a stopover you use the vehicle just as you would a personal car. It should be noted that throughout the stopover, your trip time is still accumulating. 

Enterprise CarShare is always another option. All it takes is four easy steps: Join, Reserve, Unlock & Go and Return. There’s an annual membership fee and one-time application fee. (The rates vary by city, location and time.) As does Zipcar, Enterprise CarShare partners with Universities and Businesses. If you're a college student or know a college student who could benefit from the University Enterprise CarShare program, the fees are waived, which means you will be saving money!

Webster University Fees and Rates from Enterprise CarShareSource: Enterprise CarShare

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3. Make A Decision

Based on the car sharing services availabilty/price and your exact needs, you are now able to make an educated decision on which is the perfect fit! After reading this article you may have decided to keep your car. There is also a posibility that you have decided that you'll continue to use mass transit and ride-hauling companies like Uber and Lyft. Either way, the number one priority, is that you choose the service that will benefit you the most. Doing your research is essential in any process. Good luck! 


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Money Saving Diesel Cars

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Top 5 Diesel-Powered Used Cars

If saving money at the pump is on your to-do list, purchasing a diesel car might be exactly what you need to-do.

“Many diesel offerings in the U.S. market are more expensive than their respective gasoline models and combined with the higher cost of diesel fuel vs. premium gasoline, some customers may have a hard time justifying the price difference,” said Robert Angner, Department Manager in Advanced Product Planning with Mercedes Benz. (Source: Digital Trends)

Moreover, the majority of vehicles with diesel-engine options still demand more than 100 percent of that option's manufacturer's suggested retail price three years after purchase, says Ricky Beggs, vice president and managing editor of Black Book, the publisher of used-car values. "Hybrids with their initial premium over regular gas models do not have the positive return," he says. (Source: Bankrate)


2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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The Jetta is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. With a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode transmission, the vehicle has a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. EPA of 30 cilty mpg and 42 highway mpg, the estimated base price is $23,850. Source: Car and Driver


 

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Diesel Sports Wagon

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The 2014 BMW 328d is a front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon. The 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection engine. The EPA is 31 city mpg and 43 highway mpg. The calculated base price is $43,875. Source: Car and Driver


 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec Diesel

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The 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode transmission, is a front engine, rear or 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. Similarly to the 2014 BMW, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct injection engine. The EPA is 24 city mpg and 38 highway mpg. If you're wanting to be more economical, the base price of $55,000 might not be in your budget. Source: Car and Driver


 

2015 Audi A3 TDI Diesel Sedan

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In similar fashion to the 2014 BMW and 2014 Mercedes-Benz, the 2015 Audi A3 has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. The 6-speed dual clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, is a front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan. With an estimated city/highway EPA of 31/43 mpg, this vehicles base price is lower than its competitors, at $33,525. Source: Car and Driver


 

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI Manual

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Comparable to the previous vehicles, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf has a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve diesel inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection engine. The front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback vehicle gets an EPA city/highway of 31/43 mpg. This 6-speed manual is evaluated at a base price of $25,415. Source: Car and Driver


When looking to purchase a new vehicle and make a good investment at the same time, making the decision to get a diesel-powered vehicle might be the correct choice for you. Getting the most use and enjoyment out of your vehicle is important. It's also important to know which brands of cars can be wise investments when deciding between a gasoline-powered car and a diesel-powered car.

Additionally, it's important for you and your vehicle to be protected at all times. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep you safe. True Auto is without a doubt the premier and most trusted extended vehicle warranty company in the industry. Coverage plans will protect your new and used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 


 

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Topics: Reduce Driving Costs, Automobile Safety, Extended Vehicle Warranty, Volkswagen Jetta, BMW 328d, Volkswagen Golf, Money saving diesel cars, Mercedes-Benz, Regular Vehicle Maintenance, Fuel Efficiency, Car Services, True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection, Audi A3

How to Reduce Driving Costs

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Reducing Driving Costs Will Help Boost Your Fuel Efficiency

Put Money in your pocket with True Auto Vehicle Breakdown Protection

With the price of oil dropping to near-record lows,driving has become far less expensive than just a year ago. However, gasoline prices will continue to fluctuate, so the likelihood of inexpensive gas remaining a constant is slim. Regardless of this, there are other ways to reduce driving costs and to help boost fuel efficiency within the vehicle. Some of these methods can be performed by car owners themselves while others should be performed by certified professionals capable of offering top car services.  


Replace Air Filters

As dirt and other debris collects in the engine filter, it reduces the quality air flow coming into the engine. As a clean air flow allows for a more precise fuel burn, miles per gallon do start to drop off. This is an easy replacement that can be performed when a car's oil is changed. 

In addition to the new air filter, having a new spark plug installed can offer a more precise firing of the engine, which works right along side with ensuring the most fuel efficient flame is produced. A spark plug should only be replaced by an experienced mechanic as it does need to be properly aligned. Misaligning a new spark plug may result in an inferior performance over the older plug. 

Tire Pressure

A tire pressure gauge allows for accurate readings, although having the auto garage check tire pressure whenever work is done ensures proper pressure. 

  • Under inflated tires are not only unsafe but the sluggish rubber in the tires requires more fuel to burn.
  • Over inflated tires are not desired either as this becomes a major safety concern as well (over inflated tires are more likely to burst from the weight of the vehicle).

Avoid Fuel Tank Additives 

There are all sorts of products out there claiming to improve fuel efficiency. Most don't work and are just a waste of money, so avoid these products all together.


When you own a vehicle, there are many different things that you need to take care of in order for you to get the most use and enjoyment out of that vehicle. Whether it's new tires or things like regular maintenance and oil changes, keeping your vehicle in prime condition is important. Investing in an extended warranty will provide you with the extra coverage you want in order to keep your family safe. 

True Auto is without a doubt the premier and most trusted extended vehicle warranty company in the industry. Coverage plans will protect your new and used vehicle. Call 877-397-1022 or Click HERE to recieve your FREE Quote today. 

 
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