Car clubs are basically car hire facilities designed to serve communities to provide access to cars and vans as and when they are needed. They focus on shorter duration hires, meaning you only pay for the time you need the vehicle. All popular car club models operate via a membership system with fixed vehicle locations and automated key access.
There are a number of operators in the Glasgow area, however only the currently contracted operator (Co-Wheels) has access to the on street dedicated parking bays across the city.
Statistics also show that each Car Club car replaces up to 12 privately owned cars, reducing pollution, parking pressure and congestion in the city.
Car clubs offer you the flexibility of access to a car when you need it without the hassles of car ownership. The vehicles are up to date low emission models with many being either hybrid or electrically powered.
Glasgow's Car Club - Co-Wheels
Co-wheels cars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be booked by the hour, day or as long as you want. The cars are conveniently located in reserved on-street parking bays across Glasgow.
Membership gives you access to all the cars in Glasgow, as well as hundreds more right across the UK.
Once you are signed up as a member, you can pre-book cars online or over the phone from a location near you. You take your smartcard along to the car, hold it over the reader and the car will open. At the end of your booking, return the car back into its bay, and your debit card will be charged. Co-wheels send you an invoice for your use each month.
If you own a car that you only use from time to time or don't own one but would like access to a car occasionally, then joining a car club could save you money, hassle and improve the environment. Joining Co-wheels Car Club gives you on-demand access to a car when you need one 24/7, so you only pay for the time you need it.
How do I Join?
For membership and further information please see the Co-wheels website.
Other Car Clubs
In addition to the on street model of Co-Wheels there are other providers of similar schemes. The largest of these is the Enterprise Car Club. These are available across Glasgow and often operate in partnership with universities and private companies to provide parking locations. Full information is available from:Enterprise Car Club