5 Reasons to Get a car2go This Summer

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Vancouver is a fantastic city to be in during the summer, with farmers markets and fireworks, hikes and kayaks, festivals and fun at local parks and attractions.

car2go is an entire fleet of free-floating, low-emission, self-service smart fortwo cars distributed all over the city. With summer on its way, its convenient and tech-friendly booking makes it a great option for getting out and about to enjoy Vancouver.


Tech Smart

When you become a member, you can use the official car2go app on your smartphone (iOS, Android, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry) to find and book vehicles, start your trip, end your trip (upgraded vehicles only), and alert you when an available vehicle is in your area.

Getting Around Town

Whether it’s a grocery run, a visit with family, lunch with a colleague, or a trip to the beach, car2go vehicles are “on demand”. Round trip or one way, you can park your car2go in an authorized parking spot which includes on-street residential permit spaces, 2 hour parking spaces, and specially marked car2go designated spaces.

You can take any of the car2go vehicles you find distributed around you, or you can reserve an available vehicle 30 minutes before you want to drive. Their attractive “by-the-minute” rates include costs for fuel, insurance, parking and maintenance.

One of the most convenient features is parking: You can park your car2go for free in any Authorized Parking Location within the Home Area. This includes on-street spaces with signs reading “No Parking Except with Permit” or “Resident Only Parking”. Check the app for details.


car2go allows its members to use the vehicle for as short as they like, without committing to a specific return time or location. They can finish the trip in any authorized parking space within the car2go Home Area.

Keira-Anne, a fellow blogger and Vancouver local, told me that Car2Go has changed the way she gets around the city since she joined last year: “It has given me a sense of control over my limited time in a city where I’m normally 100% reliant on the bus schedule. I feel like I have my independence, which is a great feeling.”


Member Perks

car2go is involved in its community, partnering with local businesses to support their members. Some of the current member perks are listed here. Members can also earn 20 minutes for every friend they refer who becomes a member. You can get your unique promotion code here.

If you’re already a member, and a Miss604 reader, I have an extra perk for you! Spend $100 in drive time (excluding fees and taxes) in the month of May 2016 and receive 20 minutes in drive time. To redeem, email your membership information to [email protected].**

Existing members can earn more minutes every time they refer a friend too. 20 minutes for each friend who becomes a member.

Sign Up Deal!

What better way to start off with a service than with a great deal? car2go is offering up free registration and 15 minutes of drive time* this summer when you sign up here, and use the code C2G15.

Follow car2go on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the service in your area.

*Restrictions and fees may apply. Registration deal/code is valid 5/2/2016- 6/12/2016.
** Offer only valid in Vancouver until June 12th, 2016. One redemption per member. Drive time will be valid in Vancouver for 45 days from the date of issuance. This offer is not redeemable for cash or other credit.

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  1. John HarveyTuesday, May 3rd, 2016 — 2:00pm PDT

    Evo does all that and more. The cars are nicer and customer service is better. The home zone is a little smaller, but they have roughly the same number of cars and I’ve had fewer problems with them. Evo is a Canadian company, whereas car2go is American, and it really shows: the driving instructions are all in miles and feet, and they generally seem to care less about Vancouver than the other cities they’re in.

    $100 in drive time is ~7 hours, assuming you’re not using the daily rate, which would be 2 days for $130. 20 minutes is peanuts, especially given the janky way they calculate costs. It’s some per-minute amount, but it caps at $15/hour, which I think you hit at 30 minutes or so.

    If you do the whole carsharing thing, you can and should have memberships in both: there’s no fee unless you use the service. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that Evo is eating car2go alive, and I think they deserve to ‘win’: they seem to be doing a better job of basically everything.

    Pity that the disclosure is all the way at the bottom of the article, under the footnotes. Seems like the sort of thing which should be front and centre.

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