Q: I am interested in participating in a car sharing program. How does this type of program work?
A: Car sharing may be an appropriate option for you if you live in a metropolitan area. Since many people in metro areas can ride public transportation or car pool to and from work, sharing a car can make economic sense. Basically you join a car sharing program and pay for a car only when you use it. You still have the flexibility and freedom of owning a car, but don’t have the hassles of depreciation, maintenance, and insurance. Originating in Europe, car sharing has been a movement to reduce the number of cars on the road, lower pollution levels, ease parking congestion, and decrease individual transportation costs. For more information about car sharing, check out zipcar or Uber.