We've just signed up for a four-month trial of Mobility Car Sharing, a program that is quite popular here in Switzerland.
Essentially how it works is you pay a subscription to the service. You can then go online and book a car. You get charged an hourly rate for the time you actually use it plus a fee per kilometer.
The rates are about half those offered by the car rental companies. And it is substantially cheaper than purchasing, maintaining and insuring a personal car.
There are 1000 pick up sites around Switzerland, including one a short walk from us.
We'll see how it goes. If it works out, we may not bother buying a car.
My concerns are these:
1. While I know how to drive a manual car, I have a huge preference for an automatic. Especially with the many hills in Switzerland. However, manuals are the standard in most of Europe and it can be harder to arrange to rent an automatic, even at the large rental companies. They sometimes run out of them.
2. Since it is rented on an hourly rate, I have to wonder how convenient it would be to rent it for an entire week to either go on a driving vacation or if guests are visiting that are not as mobile as Switzerland requires.
3. What about last minute plans? How quickly can we get our hands on a car when we need one unexpectedly?
Any reviews from those who have used Mobility?
Meanwhile, I really want to go rent a Smart Car. Right now! Even though I haven't anyplace I need to go. They look so cute buzzing about the city. I really, really want to drive one of those sweet, little toys!