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.

640px-Ikea_Red_Hook_bollards_jehModular furniture and meatballs | via Wikipedia

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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Gasoline Volume Sales Are Down: Car Sharing For the Win!

iStock_000004341760SmallIt is no secret that Americans love their cars and we rely on gas to get around. Most cars today use gas as fuel, although there are a few that are hybrid or electric. Recent estimates from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration show that gas sales may be down over the last few quarters. Part of the reason for this may be that a New York car share community has been established to help people save on personal gas consumption and instead share a car with other users.

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Why Free Parking is a Problem

HiResIn many areas of the country, free parking is common. But in New York City, parking will cost you an arm and a leg if you are not lucky enough to find it for free. Even when it is free, there are usually a number of conditions attached. For example, you may need to move your car during certain hours or switch sides of the street at a specific time. This is where a Brooklyn car share community can be beneficial because of the dedicated parking spots for cars around the city.

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Are You Addicted to Your Car?

i love my new car. beautiful young woman holding her carThere is no doubt that Americans are addicted to cars. Cars have been part of American households since Henry Ford started making them affordable for the average family (as long as they didn’t mind the color black). Even in urban areas, few people who can afford a car and the associated costs figure out just exactly how much they are spending.

The convenience of owning a car and having the freedom to use it outweighs the costs. However, in recent years, a new option has been available. A New York car share service offers an alternative to owning or renting a car, and instead offers flexibility for short trips.

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A brief history of Carpingo, Brooklyn’s car sharing service

l-carpingo-brooklynThe 2012 launch of Carpingo, with (left to right) Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president
Carlo Scissura, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Carpingo CEO Gil Cygler, and Brooklyn borough
president Marty Markowitz.  | AutoRentalNews.com

Lifelong Brooklynite Gil Cygler had been running AllCar Rent-a-Car for three decades when he decided to branch out into the burgeoning car-sharing market. So in 2012 he launched Carpingo, a locally owned company with a fleet of cars operating out of 12 locations in Brooklyn. Two years ago this month, Carpingo held a kickoff ceremony in the shadow of Borough Hall that featured a ribbon-cutting by Borough President Marty Markowitz. You can’t get much more Brooklyn than that.

Though car sharing has become a major component in the way that city dwellers the world over get around, there are surprisingly few locally run companies out there. Since its launch, Carpingo has expanded to include many more car pickup spots in Brooklyn, as well as a few in Long Island City in Queens. To date, Carpingo is the only locally run car-sharing service in all of New York City.

These days, the way to join is still simple: Pick a membership plan, pay as little as $6.50 per hour to rent a car, and your gas and insurance—up to 180 miles per day— is taken care of. Click here to find out more.

Day trips from Brooklyn: Staten Island

staten-island-lighthousesLighthouses of Staten Island | via LighthouseFriends.comTheLighthousePeople.comSILive.com

It may be right across the bay from Brooklyn, but Staten Island can feel remote. Only reachable via ferry from Manhattan or the cars-only Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, Staten Island remains New York City’s least-populous borough, home to parks, beaches and historic sites dating back to pre-colonial times. It’s the closest you can get to a small-town getaway without leaving the city — book a car now and get ready to explore! (more…)

Brooklyn Car Share and Insurance: A Look Under the Hood

Brooklyn Car ShareCar insurance has always been a bit of a confusing topic. A critical element of car ownership, insurance is what financially protects you and your property in the case of an accident or theft. But just how does car insurance factor into the car sharing equation here at Carpingo, and why are so many companies like Uber and Lyft running into issues concerning their insurance coverage? These are all great questions, and queries that we often hear at our Brooklyn headquarters. And while we’ve posted information on our Brooklyn car sharing insurance policies in the past, it’s worth revisiting regularly in order to remind our current and prospective members just how our model differs from ride sharing organizations and what that means when it comes to your coverage. (more…)

Car Sharing and The New Campus Parking Lot

Car SharingHow can you tell car sharing is here to stay? Simply take a look at college campuses across the nation and ask yourself this: Just how many freshmen are heading off to college with a set of car keys in their pocket?

The answer? Not a whole lot.

Now, ask yourself how many freshman will be taking advantage of campus car sharing services. The answer? Upwards of 30 percent.  (more…)

Do Car Share Members Really Drive Less?

BlizzardWe’ve all read the new stories proclaiming the automobile is dead. That, try as automakers might, the next generation of American’s aren’t interested in driving off into the sunset. They’re too busy pedaling their way around town on their bike, or frantically running after the A train. It’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? The idea that American’s are over their vehicle loving ways. But in all honesty, the vast majority of American households do own cars. It’s just so darn convenient to walk out your front door and slip in behind the wheel of your own car. (more…)