The “subscription-like model” for cars, a possible solution to the fuel crisis

Just as the pandemic has revolutionized the way we work, soaring fuel prices could change the way society owns and uses cars, a journalist has predicted.

A recent survey suggested around one in 10 people are considering quitting driving, with many citing sky-high fuel costs and the climate crisis.

However, automotive journalist Geraldine Herbert thinks the solution shouldn’t be as drastic as giving up your car altogether:

“The big thing I would see happen [in the next few years] is a Netflix take on car ownership,” Ms Herbert said. hard shoulder.

“That you can tap into and out of a subscription type model. You may have a different car at different times of the year. You could go without a car during the summer and only have it during the winter.

“So I think that will be the biggest change.”

The “subscription-like model” for cars, a possible solution to the fuel crisis

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Currently, the short-term car rental market in Ireland is quite small, but Ms Herbert said it has started to take off in Britain and Irish consumers are likely to follow soon:

“In the UK obviously they have a much bigger market and it’s becoming a much bigger thing,” she said.

“But if you think about it, your car is really no different than your CD collection or your DVDs and we’ve all traded those in for Netflix and Spotify.

“So it’s just the convenience that these subscription-based services would provide.

“If there really was a company that could offer a huge range of cars and great flexibility, the benefits of having likes for your insurance, maintenance, car tax all taken care of with one subscription would be very appealing to many people.”

A man filling up his car at a petrol pump at a Q Miles station in Dublin. A man filling up his car at a petrol pump at a Q Miles station in Dublin, 02-10-2021. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews

Cost of driving

In the streets of Dublin, Newstalk found that the rising cost of owning a car is already making some people think:

“I try not to drive anywhere now,” one woman said.

“It’s just too much, you can barely get anything for a ten.”

Instead, she started taking public transportation to work.

“I only drive when I have to. [ever since] about last month. I’ve noticed it a lot more, I’ve had to drive to the countryside several times over the last month and had to stop twice because I wasn’t getting the fuel for the money I put there.

“It’s just not worth it. Better to take trains and buses.

Main image: Land Rover cars at a Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Reading, UK. Photo by: Tim Ireland/Xinhua.

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