Join Date: May 2008
Location: Coral Gables, FL
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Have used car2go two times.
Got me exactly 1.5 blocks away from my office (because that's the limit of the Miami Home Area) for $6.80 and $6.40, in 17 minutes and 16 minutes, respectively. Plus tax. But the tax is not the fault of the company but of the greedy politicians and their tax-salaried constituencies.
Compare to $2.00 taking the subway plus the so-called "free" tram and totaling about 45 minutes to get to the same destination.
The cars are threadbare but look nice in black/gray interior. I never realized how much having a fabric upholstered dash really helps on cars with such plain colors. I think the nav/rent unit gives it a more updated look than the full size radio on our 2008. My friend remarked that manual mirrors is not a good idea in a rental car if you want to adjust the right rearview mirror. At least the windows are power windows.
The A/C on these new cars at full blast (120 miles and 71 miles on the odo) is less noisy than on our 2008 at full blast. The A/C cools better than our smart and made me realize I need to have ours checked. The windows are tinted! This probably does not hurt on the cooling department. Having never tinted windows on any car I've owned, this makes me question my assumptions regarding tinting for the first time.
Whereas most of the 190 cars sit forlorn in the C2G Miami Home Area, with some in extremely unlikely places such as 36th ave and 17th St W (really? Guys– that smart is going to get broken into before anyone rents it!), I can report that I've begun to see actual driven C2G's around.
I think not having Miami Beach is a huge mistake. Miami Beach is an even more natural environment for these things than the Downtown/Brickell area. My MiBe friends (some without car, naturally, but with plenty of disposable income) are clamoring for this service.
I hope C2G is successful.
Warning: C2G starts to count time from the minute you activate the transponder lock in the windshield until you deactivate at journey's end. Therefore, the C2G bastards rob you of approximately 2 minutes per transaction while you enter your PIN and navigate thru 2 additional pages in the Nav unit at the beginning and 2 pages at the end. This is dastardly.
Last edited by vwW12; 08-19-2012 at 05:12 AM.