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


Stay tuned! Some carsharing services offer smart discounts, usually in the form of bonus minutes. Tip: Subscribe to their newsletters or become a Facebook fan to get the latest information.


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%.


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.


Stay dry! There’s high demand for the cars on rainy days. Be sure to periodically check how many cars there are in your area. You’ll find more options if you use several carsharing providers.


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


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


Check your destination! In order to avoid frustration when you arrive at your destination, use the app before you leave to ensure that there is a permitted parking area near where you want to go.


Hand over via “handshake”. Quick and easy – and you won’t have to look for a parking space: Offer the car at your destination using the app, and the next user will come to meet you.


Carsharing even on holiday! Some companies offer their services in many of the major European and American cities. Adjust your account settings to allow for international usage before you go.