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Personal mobility gets a boost

You’ve probably come across stories on car sharing of late – how many inner city dwellers in particular now find it easier and more affordable to use a car sharing option rather than owning their own car – using public transport through the week and then on weekends if they need a car simply getting a car from one of a growing number of car sharing entities – companies like Go Get, Car Next Door, Hertz 24/7 and others are showing rapid growth in this area. General Motors personal mobility brand Maven has just launched in Sydney and Melbourne, this ride sharing facility uses Holden Astra, Trax and Captiva models and already has 250 cars on the road. Maven Gig as it’s called offer drivers access to vehicles for an all-inclusive rental rate starting at $215 per week with unlimited kilometres. – the longer term rental popular with ride-sharing company Uber and food delivery service UberEats with service and maintenance included in the rental deal. Quite clearly, many young people no longer have a desire to own a car as soon as they can get a license. Inner city living has changed all that with little need to own a car- far better to pay for one for the times you need it. Several large apartments now in Sydney have a number of ride-share cars in the basement which get considerable use especially on weekends. On the investment front, car owners with ride share company Car Next Door report showing a good return on their investment with small second hand models. I’m David Berthon

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