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Silly Mobility Question

I do not know how to drive a stick shift car. I heard that all cars in Switzerland are required by law to be automatic? I do not own a car so I have no idea if it is true?

I want to join Mobility but only if the cars are automatic transmission. I know, I know, I need to learn to drive stick shift and someday I will.
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

you were told wrong

More likely then not it will be a stick...
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

"you get what you ask for".

If you can't drive a car with a manual transmission, rent one with an automatic 'box.

Simples
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I heard that all cars in Switzerland are required by law to be automatic? I do not own a car so I have no idea if it is true?
Where on earth did that come from? Definately belongs in the realm of myth
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Old 17.02.2010, 16:13
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I do not know how to drive a stick shift car. I heard that all cars in Switzerland are required by law to be automatic? I do not own a car so I have no idea if it is true?

I want to join Mobility but only if the cars are automatic transmission. I know, I know, I need to learn to drive stick shift and someday I will.
I dont know where you heard the "by law" thing from. We used to be members of the mobility scheme till we got our own car and all of them were manual transmissions. All those cars that we used anyways...
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

Rent a Toyota - they do all sorts of things all by themselves.
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Old 17.02.2010, 16:19
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

Mobility do have automatic cars, but most are manual.
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

Ok thanks for the info. Does that mean all Mobility cars are stick shift cars or do I have the option when I reserve to get an automatic transmission?
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I do not know how to drive a stick shift car. I heard that all cars in Switzerland are required by law to be automatic? I do not own a car so I have no idea if it is true?

I want to join Mobility but only if the cars are automatic transmission. I know, I know, I need to learn to drive stick shift and someday I will.

I think you got things mixed up in your question... If all cars were required by law to be automatic, then you would be happy. I think. But no this is not true.

have you even looked at mobility.ch? it's in English and the listing of the fleet has A/M on the main page. You can get both types.

And while you're a member, why not learn to drive the manual variant?
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Ok thanks for the info. Does that mean all Mobility cars are stick shift cars or do I have the option when I reserve to get an automatic transmission?
Main stations are the only place I got an automatic (by mistake, I assumed they were all manual), but, yes, you can specify an automatic when booking one.

Mobility is really useful for having cars in all sorts of convenient places, they tend to be be manual sedans, estates and minis, so that may be a problem for you. Train stations have a better range, so if you live close by one you could be OK.
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

The other thing to consider with Mobility is that they are fine for quick/short trips, but for longer hires and distances it is simply better and cheaper to hire a car from somewhere like Europcar - and here you can easily get an automatic.

I have to say that this is what Mobility users have told me in person - I don't have any personal experience with Mobility as such.
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The other thing to consider with Mobility is that they are fine for quick/short trips, but for longer hires and distances it is simply better and cheaper to hire a car from somewhere like Europcar - and here you can easily get an automatic.

I have to say that this is what Mobility users have told me in person - I don't have any personal experience with Mobility as such.
It is expensive to go long distance in a mobility car as you're charged per km. The charge per hour is relatively cheap.

BTW, if you've only driven an automatic, your license may reflect that, and you might not be allowed to drive a manual, but I'm not sure on the exact details.
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The other thing to consider with Mobility is that they are fine for quick/short trips, but for longer hires and distances it is simply better and cheaper to hire a car from somewhere like Europcar - and here you can easily get an automatic.

I have to say that this is what Mobility users have told me in person - I don't have any personal experience with Mobility as such.
Very true Carlos, spot on.

I only used mobility for short distance drives - heavy grocery shopping etc. But for longer trips, it works out cheaper to rent the car for the entire day - especially if your company has arrangements with the car rental companies - even sweeter
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Very true Carlos, spot on.

I only used mobility for short distance drives - heavy grocery shopping etc. But for longer trips, it works out cheaper to rent the car for the entire day - especially if your company has arrangements with the car rental companies - even sweeter
I think that as a Mobility member you get a discount on Europcar rentals.
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

you also get 20-30% off Europcar with a Halbtax/GA respectively
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you also get 20-30% off Europcar with a Halbtax/GA respectively
I did not know that. Does that also go in combination with the mobility discount?
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

Most of the cars have manual gears. You can search for automatics only when booking with Mobility. As said Mobility makes good sense for short distances but soon gets expensive for longer trips
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I did not know that. Does that also go in combination with the mobility discount?
I have no idea but I very much doubt it. Get this discount, that discount and the discount from your credit card together and they'll be paying you to take the car?

I'm sure the T&Cs state that discounts cannot be used together. But at least it saves you coughing for something that you don't really need
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Re: Silly Mobility Question

Mobility's Click and Drive is quite handy if you have some distance/time to do. I rented a full size van for an entire day 7am to 10pm- unlimited km and fuel is covered by them. The price was half of what it would have been to rent one for a day proper from one of the major car renters, not even factoring in the km and free fuel.

And it was automatic .
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I do not know how to drive a stick shift car. I heard that all cars in Switzerland are required by law to be automatic? I do not own a car so I have no idea if it is true?

I want to join Mobility but only if the cars are automatic transmission. I know, I know, I need to learn to drive stick shift and someday I will.

wow... should I tell the thousands of people who have stick shift that they are breaking the law???
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