Firstly, when you’re living in London it is not essential that you have a car. In fact, it may be more of a burden than anything else. Driving here is a nightmare, finding parking is a traumatic experience, and owning a car in London with the congestion charge, the price of petrol, and parking charge will really eat into your budget.
If you feel that you simply have to have a car available to you while you are here then why not try the option of car sharing. This is not a car pool facility by any means. Car sharing is a scheme that allows you use of a car for an hour, a day or a month if you need to. It’s also a lot cheaper than renting a car for a weekend away or an evening out.
You need to think of it as a pay-as-you-go service for people who want the freedom of being mobile, but don’t want to have to pay ongoing charges when they are not using their car. There is much more to owning a car that you might imagine and using a car share service allows you to bypass all of the paperwork, insurance red tape and taxes, while having a car available 24/7 at your convenience.
One of the best companies to use when you want to join a car share scheme is Streetcar. You just pay for the time that you need to use the car and you can access a range of vehicles that are parked all over for your convenience. You can join the club and book your car online as well as locate a car for you to use directly from your mobile phone. With over 1000 locations across the city, you’ll be able to find a car when you need one in a hurry, or when you’re looking for a little extra comfort on a night out with your friends.
The best aspect of having a street car is that you only pay for the time that you use it. You get full insurance, your congestion charge is covered and they throw in 20 miles of free driving every day.
You will get loads of people telling you how to get around without a car and how you don’t need one when you are moving here, but this is a nice option when you want to blaze your own trail across the city.