Author Topic: New way to spend too much on cars - subscription!  (Read 1406 times)

geekette

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New way to spend too much on cars - subscription!
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:46:06 PM »
A new service in our area (driveflow) - for a "mere" $800 a month (or $1400 if you want fancier cars), you can actually subscribe to a virtual garage of cars.  For your money the concierge will deliver a car to your specs (sedan, coupe, SUV, truck, convertible).  It does cover unlimited swaps, and "everything but the gas", but dang, that's a lot of money.

I think I'll stick with my paid off car that costs about $75/month, tyvm.

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Re: New way to spend too much on cars - subscription!
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 11:08:23 PM »
I just can't wrap my head around how you could actually provide this sort of service without also having so many gotcha T&C's that it becomes incredibly unattractive.

Its going to be like a boat or holiday home time share, with the added inconveniences that they have  to bring it to you & people are going to want 100% util of a vehicle at all times.
Its like the Manhattan Classic Car Club (https://classiccarclubmanhattan.com/) with far more management involvement, vehicle utilisation & lower population density.

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Re: New way to spend too much on cars - subscription!
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 02:04:14 AM »
hmm,  maybe not too bad, other than the price.

Car share doesn't work in low density areas, especially ones where the companies need to pay for parking... So -- deliver the car to you the night before could definitely work.... park the cars in a large lot in an industrial area...   Charge $60 per day for the days you request a car..? hmmm,  the cost of parking  set up may make it worth it.

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Re: New way to spend too much on cars - subscription!
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 09:29:54 AM »
From what little I've read, it's run by a car dealership as a way to get cars off the lot.  They don't promise a new car, after all...  These are probably lease returns and available to buy, but why not rent them out in the meantime.