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Open your carshare app, locate a car, get in and drive. Carsharing makes life easier. And these nine expert tips make it even easier.

Don’t miss an opportunity: Some carsharing services offer smart discounts, usually in the form of bonus minutes. Tip: subscribe to their newsletters. They often contain special offers. Or become a Facebook fan to get the latest information even quicker.

Refuelling is better than not refuelling! Many service providers offer you bonus minutes if you refuel the carsharing vehicle when the fuel tank goes below a certain level, for example 25%.

Smart business

Learn from entrepreneurs! What many don’t know is that carsharing can also be a viable solution for businesses. From corporations to startups, they all benefit from good conditions.

Don’t let the weather catch you unprepared! There’s high demand for the cars on rainy days. Be sure to periodically check how many cars there are in your area, and take the chance when one becomes available. You’ll find more options if you use several carsharing providers.

Become an early bird! Not many people know this, but some providers like DriveNow offer free reservations between midnight and 6 am on the weekdays.

Hop in and drive! Many carsharing companies programme special destinations in their GPS. Not just “the airport”, but the precise area in the airport car park.

Check your destination

Leave the car anywhere? Well, almost. It’s usually not allowed to leave a car outside the city, but there are even some forbidden zones within city limits. In order to avoid frustration when you arrive at your destination, use your carsharing app before you leave to make sure that there is a permitted parking area near where you want to go.

No need to find a parking space! DriveNow lets users hand over a car to the next driver via “handshake”. You just need to offer the car at your destination using the app, and the next user will come to meet you. The handover is quick and easy – and you won’t even have to look for a parking space.

Use carsharing when you’re on holiday! Some carsharing companies offer their services in many of the major European, American and global cities. Remember to adjust your account settings to allow for international usage before you go.


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