Devon County Council praise car sharing company Co-Car

Caitlin Clark
Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:15am

How would you like to drive a car such as a Fiat 500, pay no tax, no fuel, and never have to pay out for an MOT?

If the above sounds of interest to you then Co-Cars, the pay as you go car service, may be for you. The scheme, which has been praised by Devon County Council, offers its members the opportunity to hire a vehicle for however long they require, with the hire being the only cost.

 All of Co-Cars' vehicles are clean and have full insurance, tax and MOT. Any fuel that needs to be purchased during the hire can be purchased using a fuel card.

The vehicles can be hired seven days a week and can be parked in a designated bay. The cars can be unlocked either through a smart card or via a key safe.

Cabinet member with responsibility for roads, Councillor Stuart Hughes says:

"This is an excellent scheme where employees need to make business trips, however it also works well for families too. Perhaps they have gone from two cars to one to save money, or if you live or run a business in the city centre and don’t have the space for a car but still need to drive occasionally."

"As well as saving people money on fuel, road tax and MOTs, on average one car club car results in 10-20 private cars being taken off the road which is good news in congestion and environmental terms too."

Co-Cars membership has continued to grow and it now has approx. 220 members. Co-Cars believe it is the financial implications of owning a car that are influencing an increasing number to join their scheme.

Mark Hodgson from co-cars says;

"If you drive less than 6-8,000 miles per year then a car club could save you up to £3,500 a year. Replacing a second family car with car club membership can bring even more cash savings."

"A lot of people don’t notice the true costs of running a car, but when you add up the cost of tax, MOT, fuel, servicing, repairs, depreciation and parking you could be looking at an average of over a hundred pounds a week."

For more information about Co-Cars or to become a member, visit

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