Traditional vehicle ownership looks to be changing in several ways. Ride-sharing platforms and subscription models allow you to ride in or drive a vehicle without the responsibility of maintenance, insurance, or other potential costs. Carly is a new subscription service that recently launched allowing consumers to pay once a week to drive the car of their choosing.
Carly allows subscribers to choose a car to suit their lifestyle without upfront fees, long-term lock-in contracts and finance. At this stage, the service is only available in Sydney, Australia.
Chris Noone, from Carly, says "Carly is fully online and we deliver the car to you. You can join today and drive tomorrow".
I spoke to Noone last year about another service the company runs, DriveMyCar, that lets individuals rent their cars out where they're not in use.
Weekly charges start at $119. That will put you behind the wheel of a 2009 Mazda 3 or a 2008 Hyundai Tucson. At the other end of the spectrum, a 2012 Audi Q7 will set you back $490 a week.
Rental periods are locked in at a month and include maintenance, insurance, registration, roadside assistance and delivery to you. The charge includes up to 1200km of driving each month with excess kilometers changed $0.30.
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