Vancouver car sharing comparison table

benefits of car sharing in vancouver

Haven’t got the time to read our in-depth Guide to car sharing in Vancouver? No worries! We’ve summarised our findings in our ‘Vancouver car sharing comparison table’. You can quickly find out who the best car share company in Vancouver is. Scroll down and check it out. Updated October 2019.

CompanyLarge and renown international operator. Founded 2008 in Germany. Operations in 25 locations, 14,000 vehicles.New local child company of BCAA. Founded 2015 in BC.Reputable company from the U.S. Founded 2000. Operates 12,000 vehicles in 1,100 locations.Homegrown BC co-op. Founded 1997. Merged local car share clubs.
Service typeOne-way
Fleet1,275 cars.
Smart ForTwo & Mercedes CLA / GLA. (2 - 5 seats).
1,500 cars. Toyota Prius C Hybrid. (5 seats). Roofrack for 2 bikes / skis / snowboards. 200 vehicles. Large range including hatchback, SUV, minivan, vans.600 vehicles. Large range. ‘Daily Drives’, ‘Large and Loadable’, and ‘Oversized and Premium’.
Car imagesvancouver car share evo carvancouver car share zipcarvancouver car share modo
Coverage areaCar2Go mapEvo mapZipcar mapModo map
Use limits300km from VancouverCanadaCanada and U.S.Canada and U.S.
Included km per trip200 km on per minute rate, varies by package.Unlimited km200 km per day0 km
250km 'day tripper'
Fee for excess km / time$0.49 per km,
$0.32 - $0.49 per minute
-$0.30 per km$0.40 for first 25km, $0.28/km after.
Drop at airportYes, $7.50 fee.Yes, no fee.If you begun trip there.If you begun trip there.
Driver eligibility18 yr, "reasonable" experience,
no learners, violations/points reviewed case by case.
18 yr, 2 yrs experience, accepts learners, no more than 2 violations or 6 points in last 2 yr.18-21 yr, depending on college status, will review driving record16 yr, 2 yr history, learners accepted conditionally, 0 at-fault accidents no more than 2 violations in past 2 yr.
BookingVia app, 30 mins to pick up car. No charge for cancellation.Via app / website, 30 mins to pick up car. No charge for cancellation.Reserve in advance, via app / website. Free cancellation with 3 / 24 hours notice, depends on reservation length.Reserve in advance, via app / website. Free cancellation with 12 hours notice. 50% charge inside 12 hours. Refund unused time at 50%. Open return $3.
One-off costs$5 sign up, (avoid with promo code)$30 sign-up fee (avoid with promo code) $25 sign-up$10 registration / $500 share purchase option
Recurring costs$2 annual.$2 annual.$0 - $70 annual,
$0 / $7 / $50 - $250 monthly membership
$1 annual, $0 / $6 monthly membership
Rate per min$0.32 - $0.49 (varies with vehicle, and time/day)$0.41--
Rate per hour$14 - $25$15$8 - $10$4-$8
Rate per day$70 - $130$90$76 - $80$52 - $65
$90 - $125 day tripper
Other rates3 hour, 6 hour, 2 day, 3 day--Additional premium for premium or larger vehicles, $2-5/hr and $26-65/day.
Access fee -$1 (first 200 trips / yr)-$1.50 (innovation fee)
Driver protection fee $1 (every trip)---
Insurance deductible$1,000 / $750 to $0
(reduced after 91 trips in 1 year)
$1,000$1,000 / $0
(reduced with $9/month or $79 annual fee)
$1,000 / $0
(reduced by $50 annual payment)
Fuel surcharge---May apply when average monthly fuel cost is above $1.60/litre
Best forShort trips around town at non-peak times. Choice of vehicles.Short trips around town, long distance trips. Great all-round vehicle.Hourly hire, in different locations around world as well as Vancouver.Hourly or daily hire, long hrs & low km. Can take into the US.

Car sharing in urban areas can deliver the perks of car ownership without the cost and stress. It is a complimentary service to public transport that has a lot of benefits. Click here to read more about the advantages of car sharing in Vancouver and other places.

Feel like signing up to one of the car sharing services in Vancouver! You can avoid the sign-up fee and get some free driving minutes with my promo codes. I will get a small bonus of some driving minutes too if you chose to use these, but it’s at no cost to you.

The one-way providers Car2Go and Evo have zero recurring monthly fees, and negligible annual fees. So I think it’s worth signing-up to both. You will have twice the quantity of cars at your fingertips. This can help to avoid missing out on a booking when you need one. Or at least shortening the small walk you may have to take to find one!

If you’re staying in BC and regularly needing a vehicle, you can’t go wrong with Modo’s offering. They have 3 times the quantity of vehicles as Zipcar, with very competitive rates. If you’re going to be using a car share very infrequently, or in other locations as well as Vancouver, you may want to give Zipcar a look.

Everything on this page was reviewed at the time of writing, however you should check the car sharing companies’ websites out for full details. The offers and packages may change before I can update this page!

Have we missed something out? Got a question? Let us know your comments and thoughts about our Vancouver car sharing comparison table. 

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  1. The companies handle no-shows? I know people who’ve tried to use Evo and car2go and they have given up using the service because too many times they’ve found a car and it’s reserved,but the person never shows up, so my friends didn’t have the opportunity do use the vehicle. Worse with car2go.

    1. Hi Sue. During busy times I have had an issue with a car appearing to be available, then disappearing too quickly for me to complete my booking, because someone else booked it. But I haven’t had an issue with people not showing up. I haven’t let a timer run down on a booking, but I assume the vehicle becomes available again once the 30 minute booking timer expires. I’m unsure of if Car2Go or Evo take any action on no-shows, or repeat offenders. Hopefully it’s only a very small minority of users. I’ll see if I can get further info from both companies. Thanks for your comment!

  2. So, how does one come across this “promo” for the membership with Evo? I’m a student so the $5 – $10 membership fees from the other companies look better, but it seems as though Evo is probably the best option for all my purposes on the long run. But that membership fee is high.

    1. Hi Agf, if you use the referral/promo code the membership I think that the fees are waived during the sign-up process. Sign-up as normal through the Evo website and just make sure to use the code when it asks.

    1. Hi Nick, sorry if that wasn’t clear, one-way and two-way refer to the type of car-sharing service. A one-way service means you can pick the car up in one location and drop it in another location – you don’t have to return the car to the location you started at, i.e. it’s one-way. Two-way (as you can now probably guess) means you have to return it to the location you picked it up from, like a return journey.

  3. Hello Djuna and Luke – Thank you for making it way easier for me to switch from “car-ownership” to “car-sharing.” Your reviews are so insightful. The information is so valuable. THANK YOU!!!

    1. Hi Aaron, absolutely, you don’t have to be a native. It’s a bit trickier if you’re here on a short-term holiday, but I don’t know of a reason why not aside from the timelines needed to complete your membership application. You need to be prepared and make the relevant enquiries and submit appropriate documentation to the companies, a bit in advance of your trip, so you’re ready to roll when you arrive.

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