A year of car sharing

A little more than a year ago, I decided to get a car — after learning about a new company called Getaround, which allowed me to make money renting my car out to strangers.

I was already working at Zimride, a company built around sharing rides with others, so I was very open to the concept of sharing my vehicle with others. I didn’t have much of a daily need for a car, but with my girlfriend moving to LA, the idea of a service could allow me to cheaply own a car (even though I live in downtown San Francisco) made a ton of sense.

I’ve been sharing my 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid for a year now, and it’s been an amazing change to my life. Carsharing has turned owning a car from a big expense to a small source of cash each month, and I love the idea that I’m helping others avoid the burden of car ownership.

Here’s a look at how the year has gone, by the numbers (as a tribute to my old journalism days). I highly encourage others to think about sharing their car, or, if you have one already, renting a car from a neighbor when you need a bigger/different car, instead of Hertz/Alamo.

 

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  1. laura said:

    Interesting breakdown. I believe the federal rate for mileage is ~$.56/mile – this is if your place of work reimburses you for driving.

  2. Evan said:

    Yeah, I *think* that’s number includes the cost of gas, which Getaround renters are responsible for outside of their payment to rent the car.

  3. Jordan said:

    Nice post! I live in Madison, WI and wish that car sharing was more abundant. Soon enough…What kind of car are you renting out?

  4. Evan said:

    Ah, I should add that to the post! It’s just a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid.

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