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Wednesday 20 August 2014

GoCar – when you need a car but can't afford one

Louise McBride

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

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CAR SHARE: GoCar is first to offer the service in Ireland

IF you can't afford a car but need one to get around the city, it could be worth checking out GoCar, a car-sharing service that allows people to rent cars and vans by the hour.

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Under the service, which is available across different locations in Dublin and Cork, you are charged per kilometre and hour for your journeys. The cheapest time to rent a car is between 8pm and 8am, where the charge is €2.49 an hour and 45c per km driven.

If you hire a car between 8am and 8pm, the hourly charge is €4.99 – and the same 45c per km fee applies. It costs €40 to book a car for a day – as well as the per kilometre charge. There is a monthly fee of €5 and a one-off joining fee of €50, which includes €15 GoCar credit.

If you don't own a car or have decided that the parking charges don't warrant taking your car to work, this is a handy service – if you need a car for an hour or two during the week. Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus cars are among the models you can drive if you use GoCar.

You must have a full licence and cannot have more than five penalty points or any endorsements. If you have an accident while driving a GoCar, you'll have to pay up to €1,000 to cover damage.

If you're using an on-street GoCar in Dublin, you won't get hit with parking charges at any pay-and-display parking space. You don't need to worry about road tax, insurance, NCT or service costs either – as these are all covered. If you need a car for several hours a day, the cost of this will add up – so do the sums. Gocar.ie has more details.

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