I’ve been writing for The Green Familia website for a number of years and as a result I’m quite knowledgable about green initiatives and products. So I was interested to hear about the easyCar Club, which is a way of sharing cars, so that it’s easier for people to do without a car and be able to borrow one if they need one for a while. The other key feature that caught my eye was the opportunity to make a little money on the side. If your car is like our car, which sits on the drive most of the time unused, then this might be the scheme for you. I use my car 4 days a week on average, but often I’m only out for a few hours and if needs be I could do most of those journeys by public transport. So if someone was prepared to pay to borrow the car for the day, the income would easily offset the costs of buying a bus ticket. easyCar Club reckon you could make £250 a month or more if your car is rented out regularly.
easyCar Club got in touch recently and offered me the loan of a car, on the condition that I put it into the easyCar Club and make it available for hire. I was intrigued, so I agreed. To spice things up a bit, I’ve got a little friendly competition from other bloggers who are doing the same thing: Ghostly Tom’s Travel Blog and Jessica in your Ear.
So how does it all work? Well I took some pictures of my borrowed car and updated the car details onto the easyCar Club website. It’s easy to join. I’d asked for a keysafe so that I don’t necessarily need to be around when the car is borrowed. To make things easy and because I’m not using the car myself, I have put it down as available all the time. You can have potential borrowers email you first though, to see if it suits. I’ve attached the keysafe to a secure point and taken pictures of it to help potential borrowers find it.
The way the keysafe works is that you put the key in ahead of the hire period and lock it. Fifteen minutes before the hire period begins the hirer will have a code texted to them. This code is valid for an hour. As the ‘owner’ of the vehicle I have another code which works all the time, so I can always get the keysafe open to put the keys in and take them out.
What about the insurance though? easyCar Club take care of that, so you don’t need to worry about your insurance. Drivers need to meet fairly strict criteria in terms of claims history and penalty points. Roadside assistance and recovery is included too. Only cars under 10 years old can take part, so we wouldn’t be able to put ours in despite its low mileage. Obviously, you need to have an up-to-date MOT, if applicable, and road tax.
So if you don’t have a car, but would like to borrow one occasionally, it might be worth checking out easyCar Club. Alternatively, if you have a car sitting around idle, it could be earning some cash for you.
Disclosure: Any profits made from the car that has been lent to me are for me to retain.