Car club and lift share – Interested?

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We are collating the results and will let you know the outcome shortly.

Want to know more about car clubs? See below (with thanks to the Cumbria Sustainability Network)

What is a Car Club?

Owning a car (or two) can be expensive when taking insurance, servicing, MOT, tax, cleaning, parking permits and all into account. If your car is in regular use then these costs average out. However, if your car is not in regular use then it can be more cost effective to get rid of your car and join a car club.

The idea of a car club is to allow access to a choice of cars parked locally to where you live and work, available 24/7, 365 days of the year. The cars are serviced and maintained by someone else, and you only ever pay for the cars when you need them, not when you don’t.

The car club cars are booked online and over the phone at a moments notice and can be booked for as little as 1 hour. Members access the car using a smart enabled membership card. After use the car must be returned to its original parking space.

Research shows that for every car club car in existence, around 20 cars are taken off the road.

A car club is not for everyone. Using a car club car for several days at a time is not cost effective when compared to renting. However, it’s a convenient, fuss-free and low-cost alternative that works for some, because it gives you almost instant access to a conveniently parked car at the drop of a hat and there’s no extra paperwork to fill in. It’s also a superb way of avoiding running a second family car and incurring a second load of bills. For more information about car clubs and Commonwheels visit

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