Modern day economic struggles have led people to become amazingly creative to solve problems associated with the costs of everyday living. One idea that has been developed to reduce the costs of owning a car is called car sharing. Car sharing is the process in which a person can rent a vehicle for very short period of time. The cars are usually rented by a company, or group of people in a neighborhood. There are many organizations that offer car sharing programs and these organizations are located around the globe. Car sharing allows people the availability of a vehicle when needed without having to pay typical costs associated with owning a car.
Car sharing is not the same as typical car rental companies. One difference is that car sharing is more flexible in terms of vehicle availability specifically for picking up and returning. For example, you may only need to use a car 20 to 30 minutes or an hour, these options are available through car sharing versus typical car rentals.
Car sharing is a benefit to large groups of people who cannot afford to purchase a vehicle and people seeking to reduce their costs associated with owning a vehicle. Another benefit of car sharing is that there are less people driving because of the reduction in amounts of cars on the road.
The concept of car sharing is just one idea that people have developed to help reduce costs during economic hard times. At one time it was viable and affordable to own a car, or multiple cars but with uncertainty in jobs, and income the ability to have access to a vehicle without the typical costs of ownership like monthly payments, insurance, etc. has become an advantage for those who require a vehicle but not financial burden that comes with one.