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2011-11-24 10:15

PART-TIME OWNER?: It seems there are options, other than owning a car or using public transport, to getting around.

South Africans may not have many alternatives to car ownership – let’s face it, our public transport system is not always the ideal way to get around – but are there options we've overlooked?

Rental service Europcar in the UK suggests drivers think about alternatives to car ownership as research in that country suggests it now costs the equivalent of close to R90 000 a year to keep a car on the road there.

MD Ken McCall said: “Clearly, for many families, access to a vehicle day and night is vital. For those with several vehicles it may well be worth giving serious consideration to ditching the second or third car and just hiring when they need an extra set of wheels."


McCall reports “seeing a growing trend of more people hiring a car for day-to-day needs and as an alternative to owning a second car". “By hiring a car you can eliminate all the other costs – insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance – and reduce fuel consumption by as much as a third by driving a nearly-new car in a more efficient way."

According to the car rental company, one John Lynch, after 27 years of owning a car, decided to sell his BMW Touring and switch to walking, cycling and sharing his partner’s car over weekends and hiring a car when necessary. He reportedly now saves more than R26 000 a year.

It seems ditching the car keys can do more than just save you money; it could also lead to a slimmer waistline…

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