The Government Goes Green with GSA Car-Sharing

logo_gsa_1There’s something new and hot with New York car sharing that’s starting to make waves among government employees. Right now, eco-friendly, cost-effective, traffic-reducing government initiatives are at a peak with the brand new GSA car-sharing pilot program. At Carpingo, we’ve always known that New York car sharing can do wonders for improving the lives of thousands of Americans. That’s certainly no secret with our customers. Now the government has decided to join the community of Americans who are saving money and reducing pollution with New York car sharing. We couldn’t be more thrilled!

This exciting initiative began in October and will run for a full year in pilot phase to check the efficiency. So why is Carpingo so excited? Where do we begin!

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Big Time Savings with New York Car Sharing

Savings concept.Living in the Big Apple isn’t the most affordable lifestyle. Try as you might, most New Yorkers find that their usual budget has to swell up a bit to allow for the extra expenses of living in the City. Though there is innumerable benefits for making New York City our home, at Carpingo we also know that travel in this city isn’t exactly cheap. Most New Yorkers opt for public transit options such as cabs, subways, and buses to avoid the cost and hassle of owning a car in the city. The parking alone is simply unaffordable for most people.

There are times, though, when the usual public transit just won’t cut it. Sometimes, you just need a car on your side. New York car sharing can assist your travel plans without breaking the budget. If you want big time savings without leaving the Big Apple, Carpingo’s New York car sharing service can help you out. Here’s how our New York car sharing can save you money this year.

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Call it Classic – the Retro Trend in Auto

Vintage white bridal carNew York car sharing isn’t the only trend in the auto world that is starting to pick up speed. Classic cars are experiencing a come back in auto trend. Classic cars have found their niche in the New York and worldwide auto industry for those who are willing to put the work into their vehicles. If you’re a car lover, then this new fad will have you excited about what’s to come in the world of cars. More and more exhibits and classic car shows have begun popping up all over North America to show off the beautiful history of automobiles. But where has this trend come from?

While it’s easy to see why New York car sharing has picked up popularity for the economic and environmental benefits, sometimes it’s more difficult to see how classic cars could become a major trend. Restoring cars is expensive, right? And it’s tough to find good models in decent condition, isn’t it? It may not be as tough as you think – especially not with a revival in interest in these beauties of automotive history. You may be surprised at how beneficial these cars can be to their owners. Read on to find out how this classic trend highly benefits owners. Maybe it will alight your own spark of interest to use New York car sharing to take a trip to see a classic car exhibit.

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Landing on Boardwalk: New York’s $1 Million Parking Spots

Empty parkingWe’ve all been there when playing Monopoly: you want the Boardwalk spot to gain the luxury and prestige – as well as the income – but whether or not you can afford it is a different story. Fortunately, with your New York car share service you won’t have to worry about paying for yearly Boardwalk parking. As one of the top 9 most expensive cities in the world in which to park, monthly rates can put car expenses through the roof.

New York’s million dollar parking spot just boosted parking spot prices even higher. Surprisingly, though, New York is the lowest on the list of most expensive places to park. After reading about these costly spots and cities, you’ll be thrilled to avoid annual parking fees in your New York car share service.

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Protect Your Child From Forgetfulness: The Dangers of Cars and Heat

Luxury baby car seat for safety with happy kidAs a parent, you probably know about the ease with which forgetfulness and absentmindedness can arise. With so many things to remember, and multiple schedules to follow, it’s easy to get everything mixed up every once in a while. It may come as a shock to you, however, that experts are now saying that this absentmindedness can be the accidental killer of children in overheated or freezing cars. Despite popular belief, hypothermia related deaths are not always the consequence of malicious neglect or homicidal intentions.

Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to make sure you don’t have this problem when using your New York car share service. Learn more about these tragedies so that you can be an active player in preventing them from continuing. With 37 heat stroke related deaths each year of children being left in cars, and approximately 26 reported having occurred in 2014 alone, it’s time that community prevention begins. Read on to find out how you can contribute.

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How Viable Are Electric Cars Really?

Hybrid carThe year 2014 has been an exciting time in the automobile industry, and it’s only about to get even more thrilling. The race is on to find the greenest, cleanest, most efficient vehicle possible. Electric cars have quickly become a buzzword, and car companies have slowly but surely started to pounce on it. But as with any new technology, electric cars have their fair share of skeptics who are working against this new stage in transportation progress.

At Carpingo New York car share service, we find this debate fascinating because the winner truly can decide which way the automobile industry will turn – biofuel, electric, traditional? It’s up in the air. But we know that something’s gotta give – there’s no question about the fact that traditional fuel supplies are no longer a viable option. Now, it’s a question of which alternative is viable. What new technology will make our New York car share service even greener? In this article, we pick up the question of electric cars, and ask ourselves, how viable are electric cars really?

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Helping the Big Apple Stay Green with Your NYC Driving

Fresh Green Apple IllustrationPollution has become a major issue in a new environmentally conscious society. Keeping our planet clean has become the number 1 issue for many people, and rightfully so! At the forefront of this issue is the quest to find ways to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Fortunately, using a New York car share service is already a great step in the direction of being more environmentally conscious. If you want to boost your eco-friendly status, and help reduce the amount of emissions your New York car share service is giving off, here are couple of tips from Carpingo to help you driver greener and cleaner.

The benefits of car sharing

Car sharing, as mentioned, will already dramatically boost your eco-friendly status. Taking part in a New York car share service seriously reduces the number of cars on the road that are pumping out emissions. Car sharing is a great way to get the benefits of having a vehicle, without paying the exorbitant costs that come with it, while also reducing how large your carbon footprint is. Talk about a win-win situation!

Carpooling

If you’re taking out a New York car share service, why not share the convenience? Are you taking your car around for work, or other errands that friends could also have to do? Why not carpool? Talk to coworkers or friends who may need to engage in the same activities as you, and share the car with them. This can save you money, too, as they can pitch for the fees.

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All Jammed Up – How to Make it Through Thanksgiving Congestion

Multi Generation Family Celebrating ThanksgivingThe best part about the holiday season is spending time with the family and eating delicious food. The worst part of the holidays is the crazy traffic that you have to face to get from one place to the next. Between congested traffic and weather-delayed flights, travel is akin to a nightmare for New York car sharing drivers. Year after year, Carpingo sees its New York car sharing clients struggle with the holiday travel obstacles, and this year we want to try easing the hassle.

We’ve come up with some travel tips to help you out, and have found out which spots in New York City are best avoided over Thanksgiving weekend. Of course, there’s no way to fully get around the traffic jams, but you can take steps to decrease ire while traveling.

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Five ways Carpingo can help you with your errands

It’s something you only see in New York — people carrying eight bags for ten blocks, or even on the subway, because we don’t have a car trunk like every other person in America. Stop the madness! Hourly rates for Carpingo mean that you can use a car share for more than just day trips. The next time you have some errands to do, reserve a car from us, and the whole thing will be a lot less painful.

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Bring home your Ikea furniture the day of, instead of waiting around for delivery or splurging on shipping costs. Also, buy as many heavy bookshelves and bed frames as you want, without worrying about how much you can reasonably carry with you on the ferry.

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Buy the farm at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket—seriously, the whole farm. Whether you’re hosting a big dinner party or just stocking up on fresh meats and produce, it’s a lot easier to buy big if you’ve got a set of wheels to carry it all home.

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Pick up provisions for your party at Carousel Beverages in Gowanus, a beer distribution garage that’s open to the public. This is the place to buy big amounts of brews wholesale, whether you need a few cases or a keg. You’ll save money, and it’s a hell of a lot easier than lugging a bunch of six-packs from your local bodega.

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Stock up at Costco in Sunset Park. Let’s face it: If you’re going to this wholesale behemoth, you’re going to buy the biggest jars and multi-packs of everything on your shopping list. Rent a van or an SUV and go for broke (without actually, y’know, going broke.)

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Go on a do-it-yourself spree at Lowe’s or Home Depot. You may not be able to cart home a fridge yourself, but if you’re looking to repaint your apartment, retile your bathroom, or just finally get started on those shelves you’ve been meaning to build, a trunk to cart it all home will take you a long way.

Got stuff to do? Let Carpingo do the heavy lifting!

Helsinki’s Car-Free Dream

Uspensky cathedral in Helsinki, FinlandHelsinki has big ideas when it comes to car ownership over the next decade. In 2014, the city announced its plans to build a transit system that, in theory, will eliminate the need for residents to have a car.

People may choose to keep a car for their trips to the countryside, which is a popular endeavor. However, within most of their daily life, a car will not be necessary, even for things like getting groceries. This will involve an extensive public transportation network as well as car sharing services, similar to a New York car share service like you will find right here in the city.

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