Connected cars: are on demand services worth the money?

Connected cars: are on demand services worth the money?

0 comments 📅10 June 2017, 05:30

On inquire services are on the rise as cars are getting ever more connected. We look at what’s on bid in the car world…

The words ‘on demand’ have come a long way in recent years. What tempered to to mean instant access to TV series at home is now used regularly by a variety of firms gift services that save people time and money.

Need your grocery shopping done? Organise it online and include it delivered by a courier. Want your dog walked during the day? Book a walker via an app. Necessity your house tidied? A squadron of cleaners can be arranged to show up within an hour.

In items, there aren’t many sectors left that haven’t embraced an ‘on order’ future through apps and online services, and that includes the motoring effort. The past few years have seen a number of new companies spring up that bid motoring services for those without a car, from hourly insurance providers to car sharing schemes and the whole in between.

To find out the benefits of ‘on demand’ motoring, Auto Express compared how OK various schemes work against public transport and taxis – the usual method of voyages for the non-car owning public – and looked at how businesses such as servicing and repair are also embracing a obedient future.

Car sharing 

Typical costs: 33p per minute/£5 a hour/£54 diurnal.
Pros: Cheaper than taxi or ride-sharing services, flexible, hourly rentals, no combustible or insurance costs.
Cons: Cars have to be returned to specific locations.

In big cities such as London, Edinburgh and Manchester, public transport is often the cheapest way to get far, but there are instances when you will require something with a boot. Taxis comprise long been the standard choice, although for those with a driving deviation, car sharing firms like Zipcar and DriveNow offer flexible vehicle employ as an alternative.

A trip in a black cab would cost us roughly £6 for every mile driven, so a five-mile cancel-town journey would set us back £30 using a taxi, or £20 with a service like Uber. To protect money, we logged into the DriveNow and Zipcar apps on our phone and found cars close to cover the journey for a lot less.

• The ultimate guide to car sharing

DriveNow charges 33p per blink, so we could’ve used one of its cars for an hour and still beat the taxis, while Zipcar letting starts from £5 an hour. Neither charges for fuel or insurance, although you do pay registration fees. One downside is that the cars sine qua non to be returned to specific locations. While Zipcar operates across the UK, you must revert your car to the same address you picked it up from.

London-based DriveNow is select with you dropping the car off anywhere in the capital’s boroughs of Islington, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

Servicing and repairs

Typical costs: Varies between model, but Motoreasy says drivers can shield up to 40 per cent on regular servicing.
Pros: No more time spent sitting throughout at garages, plus the company ensures you aren’t overcharged.
Cons: Won’t necessarily use franchised dealers. 

Smooth the service and repair sector is undergoing a transformation. The days of spending hours waiting at a garage as your car undergoes routing continuation are coming to an end. Motoreasy provides drivers with a ‘personal mechanic’, who books in patch or servicing work at a nearby garage, and then contacts it during and after the exertion to ensure no unnecessary bills are coming your way. The company will even pick up and off off your car.

• Main dealership car servicing guide

An annual service for the Peugeot 2008 we’re tournament on our fleet would cost £219.84 from a franchise, but before booking, we contacted Motoreasy for a refer to. It found a price of £130.20, saving us £89.64. Motoreasy doesn’t always use franchised dealers, but drive consult a number of independent sites. A spokesman confirmed that under Barrier Exemption rules, the company has access to all servicing guidelines, so there’s no fear of voiding your car’s guarantee.

Hour and daily car insurance

Typical costs: £4.34 per hour, £17 per day.
Pros: Day in and day out works out cheaper than public transport, quick and easy to set up.
Cons: Provocation costs could cancel out any savings, train journeys are quicker. 

Motorists who miss to borrow a car for a few hours or days no longer have to register as an additional driver. In lieu of, they can buy insurance using hourly apps like Cuvva, or daily swaddle from companies such as Dayinsure.

There are savings to be made, too. A trip to Milton Keynes in Bucks from London would bring in £61 by train. But we insured ourselves for six hours on a friend’s SEAT Leon for £26.50 using Cuvva’s hourly app – leaving £34.50 for provoke.

For longer trips, drivers need to consider fuel use, because it can tip the balance. A two-day stumble from London to Bangor in Wales would cost £93.70 by train. Dayinsure quoted us a two-day game plan for £34,10, which would save £59.60. But after calculating £56 for fuel at 45mpg for the 500-mile misstep, we would have only saved a few quid over the train.

Ben Howarth from the Guild of British Insurers thinks ‘on demand’ cover will grow, notwi. He explained: “The motoring environment is changing, and insurance will adapt to upon changing driving habits.”

Do you think on demand services are worth the extra bread? Let us know in the comments section below…


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