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Talk Porty ~ Portobello • View topic - Car Club

Car Club

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Car Club

Postby Mimpty » 05 Aug 2004, 13:12

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Postby mr magnolia » 05 Aug 2004, 18:06

Would like to say we use the car club, but like you, we were put off by the joining fee - no reduction if two join - how helpful is that? Also at our present location lugging children and car seats up and down tenement stairs and round the corner isn't the best activity in the world. Others must have thought similarly as our local space by the Kings Theatre disappeared after the relaunch a while back.

I like the idea but I think CEC will have to address the fixed costs before the idea will take off.

So cobblers to the environment - we use our own car!
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Postby nickchild » 07 Aug 2004, 13:59

Yes, Maureen and I have used the Car Club and were instrumental in getting one placed down in Porty. We are among a dozen or so locals who do. Please join us and see what it's like. You can also access the other 14 cars around Edinburgh too.

Because we've been members for so long, we don't have the uptodate details for you, but we really don't think it's correct to say that it costs £200 a year or that there aren't reductions for dual membership.

Anyway, we absolutely love it. It now really couldn't be better or easier to use (as long as you have, as you do, internet access for booking). We used to have two cars of our own, we now have none - admittedly that's because there's such a good bus service through Porty and our kids are grown up! Cost is something like £2.30 an hour, and 17p per mile. For longer hirings you get a car delivered and picked up at your door on cheap rates. Of course you'll want those wonderful LRT bus travel cards for £330 or whatever a year that do everything bar take off at the airport for you!

The cost argument is wierd when you look at it. How much do you pay to run your own car? Several thousand a year at least - when I commuted and was paying a loan, it was £6000 per year. Remember to include all the expense and hassle of parking, of insurance, of road tax, of cleaning it, of servicing, of repairs, of worrying about vandalism, of depreciation in value etc etc. I would still think it was good selfish value to be a Car Club member at £2000 a year, never mind saving the environment and the world!

And you're bothered about whether it's £100 or £200! Car's are necessary for some purposes and people (kids for example!), but they do drive us into irrational financial logic, don't they!
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Postby Porty » 07 Aug 2004, 14:56

Well said Nick. Im in a business where we collect in-depth financial information on people day to day income and expenditure. We have conducted this excercise on something like 3000 households in the last 4 Years and I see them all. It is no exaggeration to say that the MAJORITY have motor and travel expenditure that reads like this:

Car Loan; £200 per month
Car Insurance: £600pa
Repairs (Tyres, MoT etc) £300pa
Petrol: £20 PER MONTH!

£20 of Petrol may if your lucky get you 200 Miles travel. I make that £1.40 per mile. And many households have 2 Cars!. I think the phrase you used was something like irrational financial logic. Damn straight! (I am a 2 car family but at least we use the things for work)

BTW welcome Nick, I just noticed you are a new user.
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Postby bellybabe » 07 Aug 2004, 18:41

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Postby mr magnolia » 09 Aug 2004, 15:29

Oh I am ashamed..

Q. Can my husband/wife drive?
A. Only registered members can drive the cars. However, we do offer discounted membership for members of the same household. Membership for a second user is £6 per month or £70 per year for national rates and for London it is £7 per month or £80 per year. (a different bit of the website says slightly different figures though)

this is a quote from www.smartmoves.co.uk and obviously is a change from when we investigated it last. Husband and wife cost will be therefore £21/month or so plus hire etc.

Maybe we will have to wait until the kids are bigger, like you, but we will investigate further.
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Postby Mimpty » 09 Aug 2004, 17:36

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Postby mr magnolia » 09 Aug 2004, 17:38

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Postby mr magnolia » 10 Aug 2004, 21:26

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Postby Sandra » 11 Aug 2004, 11:58

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Postby Epykat » 11 Aug 2004, 14:38

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Postby Kirstielove » 11 Aug 2004, 16:05

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Postby Porty » 11 Aug 2004, 16:26

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Car Club - Or is it On-line Shopping?

Postby Lizzie » 11 Aug 2004, 17:58

If anyone is interested our local Asda Superstore is due to start on-line shopping next month and rumour has it the delivery is free if you live within 20 minutes by car from the store. Still waiting to hear further info re delivery times etc.
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Postby Sandra » 12 Aug 2004, 23:03

not if you get Dr Pepper when you asked for diet coke!! - sometimes they try to think what you want and get it totally wrong. But on the whole online shopping for bulky heavy items is great! :D
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Postby Sandra » 12 Aug 2004, 23:09

Must admit, me and my partner, who sometimes posts on here both love supermarket shopping!! (sad I know, but we both love food!) We both love local shopping too as the produce is fab.
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Postby Guest » 12 Aug 2004, 23:32

Our first attempt was hilarious. Our shopper was obviously hooked on brand names so, for example, when the store didn't have Brand X brown bread, he/she substituted Brand X white bread. Hey, guess what - we eat brown bread and we don't particularly care which company produces it.

We chose a variety of recipes of baby food for a 6 month old baby. When several of our choices were unavailable we were given instead the correct flavour but for a 1 year old baby! And so it went on. We were even given the wrong size of nappies. Hmm, let me think, what's crucial here - the fact that the size is right, or the fact that they are made by Pampers? Sorry Bellybabe, it just had to be a teenage boy! And yes, I know, we shouldn't have been using disposables in the first place. :roll:
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Another Joy of Porty

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