Loanation - Ralph and Linda

Why did you decide to share your car?

“We have decided to minimize our carbon footprint, and have a vehicle that is still in good condition. We felt it would be good to share it with others to help with the environment. The car was purchased with cash, so we have no financial obligation. It’s great that your program will take over the insurance payment.”

Before loanating your vehicle, had you used a carsharing service before?

“No, but forgive an old guy for telling stories. My grandfather was a farmer in eastern Ohio, and he and his brothers kept their five farms going in an interesting way. They each bought one major piece of machinery. That equipment was shared among the family and with neighbors. It all worked…”

Now Ralph and Linda primarily get around on their recumbent bicycles, but still have their car available when they need it.

Loanation - Julie and Bob

We were driving this minivan mainly around in the city, but we used it occasionally to go on camping trips. We always thought this was a waste of gasoline to drive this all the time…and how could we get a vehicle that uses less gas but not have two vehicles? When I heard about the Loanation program it seemed like the ideal way, because we can get the minivan back whenever we need it, and we could have our only car be a zero emission, no gas, Nissan Leaf!

After loanating their van, Julie and Bob added 15 more solar panels to help power their new Nissan Leaf. How cool is that?!

Bob recently submitted a post to the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter about their experience with eGo’s Loanation program. Read all about it. Sierra Club Post

Loaning my car to eGo Carshare about 5 years ago was an absolutely great decision. I first thought about ‘loanating’ my car for two main reasons – I wanted to save money, and I also wanted to encourage myself to use other forms of transportation when possible. When I had my car parked in my driveway it was simply too easy to hop inside without having to think about other transportation options. Now my car is stationed half a block away from my house so I really have to choose to go to the car before driving it. Now that I share my car I get the best of both worlds – driving when I really need to, and not driving when I don’t really need to!

By sharing my car I’m also giving other people in my neighborhood more transportation options, so it’s really a win/win situation. I end up walking and riding my bike a lot more, which makes me feel great, and others in my neighborhood can forgo buying a car altogether, knowing there’s one they can use nearby. And of course the financial benefit is great. In exchange for loanating my car, eGo pays for all of my gas, insurance, and maintenance within certain parameters. Score.

I would definitely recommend the loanation program to others. I’ve saved more money than I can calculate, my car has been wonderfully maintained, and it’s hilarious to be out around town and see someone else drive by in my ride! It’s funny, and it’s also heartwarming. I know that I am helping others live a healthier life in the big picture, and that makes me feel really good.

I loanated my car about 6 months ago, and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! I owned a car that I rarely used, but I was paying for registration, insurance, and maintenance. It just didn’t make sense. I thought about selling it, but I needed to be able to use a car sometimes, so I wasn’t sure what to do. Enter, the loanation program. When I found out about it, it sounded absolutely perfect. Financially, it just made sense: eGo takes over insurance, maintenance, and even the cost of gas. Awesome. Logistically it seemed like it would work: I was already used to biking or taking transit most of the time, and it seemed pretty easy to get the car back whenever I needed to use it. And, there was a bonus: In addition to all the benefits to me, sharing my car could allow other people to use a shared car instead of owning their own. Now my car is parked just around the corner from my house, and with the mobile site it’s incredibly easy to reserve it. In addition, I have access to all the other eGo vehicles. I started renovating my house around the same time that I loanated my car, and it was incredibly helpful to be able to use the eGo truck for supply runs. I absolutely recommend the loanation program to others who don’t use their car/truck/van very much or would like to use it less!