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"Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

I'm considering joining the "Mobility" car sharing scheme, and would like to know your views and experience with it.

http://www.mobility.ch/en/pub/index.cfm

I walk to work, so am thinking it could be good for grocery shopping and other such admin, plus sightseeing / touring at the weekend.

Does it make sense for these purposes, and any pros / cons to be aware of?

Thanks!
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Old 27.06.2011, 18:09
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

I personally use this service and think its great.

No real drawbacks for what you mentioned, but remember to book in advance and dont use it on long journeys, its more expensive than renting a car!

Also get the complete cover for liability.

Have fun driving!
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

I have used the for over a year, and it has been quite good - we only used it for very short trips, (about 36 kms per trip), and that was it. Worked out to be around CHF30 summat per journey.

Petrol is included - just find a Servo that corresponds with the fuel card in the car - costs nowt.

There are some drawbacks -

The car is not yours - they do get ragged about a fair bit - most of the older models are on 115k + kms, and it is taking their toll. What I have found is that some of the cars are left in shocking state by the last person with no consideration for the next driver.

I always parked the car, left the parking pass in a convenient place, gear in neutral, handbrake on - what I consider good car manners. The Swiss - being the selfish people that they are at times - could not care less. There were plenty of times that the car was left in gear and handbrake off. This is quite dangerous, if you just assumed the car was left in neutral.

The interior's can get flithy - I once had to clean the interior with anti-bac as it looked like someone had thrown up inside - not pleasent.

BUT - you do get a choice of cars to drive - the best one I drove was the Honda Jazz - a lovely little thing, and a doddle to potter around. I drove the Mazda 3 (I don't think one had a clutch left) on a regular basis, and also drove a Megane Estate and 1 Series Beemer. All do the job.

However, now it looks like we are staying for longer than we thought, and thus, we have invested in a second hand car. It gives us the freedome to come and do as we please and not clock watch when the car has to be back for - also we have to look after petrol, but I worked it out, for a 250 km journey, I would pay around CHF56 in diesel, as opposed to CHF161 that I paid for the day.

I do recommend the scheme - what I mentioned above are my pet hates of the scheme. If you don't do a lot of mileage, it is fine - no worries at all. However, in saying that, now that we are going to take delivery of the new car on Weds, we could do Basel to Lugano on a tank - which would be around CHF115 tops - Mobility would be hitting the CHF300-400 mark.

So, short distances, a winner - long is not worth it. If you are staying longer in CH, and finances are good, a 2nd hand car could be a good investment.

I am now itching to get over and explore France a lot more, and we have friends in Munchen, and I would like to get to Stuttgart to see the Porsche and Co.

Happy and safe motoring.
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

Does not need to be selfish, I was taught always to leave a car in gear when learning to drive.

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There were plenty of times that the car was left in gear and handbrake off. This is quite dangerous, if you just assumed the car was left in neutral.
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Does not need to be selfish, I was taught always to leave a car in gear when learning to drive.
And many Swiss are taught not to leave a car parked for any length of time with the handbrake on as the brakes can seize/rust during very cold periods. Not selfish, quite thoughtful actually

OP, just type "mobility" into the search function, you'll find a few threads I'm sure with answers to your question.
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Old 27.06.2011, 21:46
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And many Swiss are taught not to leave a car parked for any length of time with the handbrake on as the brakes can seize/rust during very cold periods. Not selfish, quite thoughtful actually

OP, just type "mobility" into the search function, you'll find a few threads I'm sure with answers to your question.
Not just the Swiss - this is what I was taught too!

Sorry if I have shared a mobility car with you, Keefyd. (If I did it would have been the Megane, as that's the one big enough to haul a bookcase.)
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

Well, looks like myself, and other have been taught differently, hence my gripe.

But, let's get back to the thread - I hope that the above is of assistance.
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Well, looks like myself, and other have been taught differently, hence my gripe.
You'll have to forgive our OAPs they're used to driving older cars that tend to have fits in the cold...

Apart from wacking the car in gear when parking it up / down hill (actually down hill is preferable for obvious reasons), the hand brake seizing up because of the cold is the least of anyone's worries if it's really that cold!
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

thanks a lot Keefyd and Willjny for the useful tips & steer!
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However, now it looks like we are staying for longer than we thought, and thus, we have invested in a second hand car. It gives us the freedome to come and do as we please and not clock watch when the car has to be back for - also we have to look after petrol, but I worked it out, for a 250 km journey, I would pay around CHF56 in diesel, as opposed to CHF161 that I paid for the day.
The trick for longer journeys is to book using the Mobility 'Click & Drive' scheme. These rates are all-inclusive hourly charges (3 hours minimum) with unlimited kilometers -- petrol & insurance included. If you know how long your journey is, you can work out whether it's cheaper to rent a normal Mobility car and pay for the kilometers or whether it's cheaper to do a Click & Drive.

I recently rented a Mercedes van to go back-and-forth between Basel and Zurich to pick up some furniture. Assuming I don't get lost (never a safe assumption) and can do the journey in the 86km each way that Google Maps predicts, my Mobility bill (3 hours + 172km) would be CHF143.76. Exactly the same van, using the Click & Drive scheme for 3 hours, would cost me CHF70-.

If you need a vehicle for lots of hours, you're probably better off with a traditional rental car.

I've been very happy with the Mobility scheme -- now that we have cars of our own, we don't use it very often, but it's handy when we need a different type of vehicle (like a van) for a few hours.
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

I used the mobility cars quite a lot before I bought a car recently, and it is a pretty convenient way to get to places not easily reached by public transport.

It is worthwhile checking the shortest route though - as it worked out for me at more or less CHF 1 per kilometre. Owning your own car is maybe just as expensive, but you don't notice the marginal cost as much as when you get the mobility invoice at the end of the month.

The iphone app and mobile web access are also quite useful for last minute reservations too.

In terms of ease of use, it beats car rental companies hands down.
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Re: "Mobility" scheme: your views & experience?

It works well, but as people have explained it can get expensive over middle to long journeys. We took one once and the petrol card didn't work. So we paid the petrol and told mobility who took the amount from the invoice. Service has always been good. If the car is left in bad condition then write it in the book so you don't get blamed for it.
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The trick for longer journeys is to book using the Mobility 'Click & Drive' scheme. These rates are all-inclusive hourly charges (3 hours minimum) with unlimited kilometers -- petrol & insurance included. If you know how long your journey is, you can work out whether it's cheaper to rent a normal Mobility car and pay for the kilometers or whether it's cheaper to do a Click & Drive.

I recently rented a Mercedes van to go back-and-forth between Basel and Zurich to pick up some furniture. Assuming I don't get lost (never a safe assumption) and can do the journey in the 86km each way that Google Maps predicts, my Mobility bill (3 hours + 172km) would be CHF143.76. Exactly the same van, using the Click & Drive scheme for 3 hours, would cost me CHF70-.
That is a good piece of information.
My question is: being already a Mobility customer, can I choose each time if renting with a "standard" scheme or with Click&Drive?
I ask this because on the web site it is mentioned that Click&Drive is for "non-mobility customers".
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That is a good piece of information.
My question is: being already a Mobility customer, can I choose each time if renting with a "standard" scheme or with Click&Drive?
I ask this because on the web site it is mentioned that Click&Drive is for "non-mobility customers".
You can, but you need to go to their offices to obtain another card to open the vehicles. You will be charged directly from your credit card (or bank account) and your click and drive money won't be counted for the 10 and 20% discount you get for all the bills during the year if you have payed 1000 CHF in bills.

I was interested about the same so I called the center on day.
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I bought a membership when I first got off the boat... but when I realized how much I was paying for it, I decided that it was cheaper to own a car.
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