There are two types of car-share:
- One-off car-share, for a passenger and driver who meet to travel on one trip, or at most, there and back.
- Regular car-share, which depends on the duration, e.g. for two users who make the same daily trip from home to work
The differences between a regular car-share and a one-off car-share don’t just stop at their “frequency”; they are also based on different concepts:
- On a one-off car-share, most of the time you will meet new people, and often the exchanges will only last as long as the trip. The costs are then shared per trip, and the passenger pays their contribution to the trip costs for this one-off trip. Most people use it for relatively long distances (>50miles) and often on WEs. This allows the driver to offset its driving cost and passenger to travel at very low prices. Often car-shareers become friends, and one day you might end up making the same trip together!
- On a regular car-share, you will rub shoulders with the same people on a regular basis. Over time the car-sharers build up a relationship. For regular car-shares, there are two ways of sharing the costs: if you always use the same vehicle, then the passenger(s) will pay a weekly or monthly contribution. If you alternate the vehicle, you use every other week then the costs for each person are balanced out and no money need change hands.
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