Car2Go Review

With per-minute rates and an accommodating return policy, Car2Go is ideal for very short trips, such as running errands. On the flip side, the Car2Go fleet of eco-friendly smart cars may not be ideal for highway travel outside the city.

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The Good

Ultra-convenient car return

A unique feature of Car2Go is the idea of a home area, which is a designated zone within your city where your Car2Go resides. You may use your vehicle anywhere as long as you like but, when you end your trip, it must be left inside the home area in an approved parking space. This usually includes residential streets, so you can even park the car right outside your house when you’re done. This benefit makes Car2Go ideal for short, one-way trips within the city. Other services require the vehicle to be returned to a specific spot, typically where you initially picked it up, rendering one-way trips impossible.

By-the-minute charge for short trips

Car2Go charges standard hourly and daily rates like many of its competitors, but Car2Go also offers a by-the-minute option for short trips. The per-minute rate is $0.41. At that rate, a short trip to get milk and eggs won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Other services charge an hourly rate so, even if your trip takes 20 minutes, you still get charged for an hour. By charging by the minute, Car2Go gives you the most flexibility to drive for any duration.

No annual fee

you’re an infrequent driver, those pesky annual and monthly fees can quickly eat into the cost/benefit of a car share service. With Car2Go, you only pay for the service when you use it. This is an easy, convenient, and cost-effective way to travel when you only need a car a couple times each month. However, keep in mind extra fees may be worth it if you’re a heavy car share user, as annual fees often mean lower average rates or mileage fees.

No-hassle cancellation

With Car2Go, cancelling your reservation is a breeze. Simply use the website, mobile app, or phone to let a rep know that you need to cancel. You have the option to cancel up to 15 minutes before your scheduled reservation to avoid any fees. This feature comes in handy if your schedule changes at the drop of a dime and is just another way Car2Go makes renting a car cheap, easy, and flexible.

Free rental minutes

When you fill up your gas tank, you earn free rental minutes. It’s simple: Use the prepaid gas card to fill up when your car falls below a quarter of a tank. Your prepaid gas card is in a holder above the touch screen. When you use it, your effort is rewarded with 20 free minutes for future rentals. These free minutes are valid for up to 30 days after they’re credited to your account.

The Bad

Lack of vehicle options

Car2Go currently only employs smart cars. These tiny vehicles are eco-friendly and perfect for getting in and out of tight spaces. However, if you need to haul a friend’s couch or pick up your new mattress, Car2Go won’t be of much help, as they don’t offer any pickup trucks or vans to help out like Zipcar does. Likewise, if you’re looking to impress your friends for a night on the town, you won’t be able to use Car2Go, as they don’t offer any luxury vehicles to choose from.

The Details

General Info

  • Age Requirement: 18
  • Availability: Select North American and European cities
  • Free Daily Mileage Limit: 150

Rates And Fees

  • Annual Fee: None
  • Cancellation Fee: $0 up to 15 minutes before
  • Daily Rate: $84.99
  • Damage Fee: Up to $1,000
  • Deposit: None
  • Excess Mileage Fee: $0.45/mile
  • Hourly Rate: $14.99
  • Late Fee: None
  • Low Fuel Fee: None
  • No-Show Fee: None
  • One-Time Sign Up Fee: $35

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