Living in the suburb of Montreal has its perks, less traffic, no trouble finding parking and not paying for it is a major plus. However, since most of my clients and business contacts are in the city, I had to get an office downtown and needless to say, I travel a lot. I usually use my personal car but for the past 4 days, I had the chance to try Car2Go in Montreal. I was so please with the service that I decided to do a promotional video (peep the vlog and the commercial above)!
What is Car2Go ?
Car2Go is a car rental company that . All you need is the app, and from there you find a car, reserve it, take it from point A and then drop it to point B. No need to worry about the gas and the kilometer that you drive!
I remember when Car2Go launched their service in Montreal in October 2013. At the time, I was studying at Concordia University and I would see their Smart cars everywhere. Since then, they increased their fleet up to 450 cars and recently celebrated the 50,000 users mark in July 2017.
Car2Go recently announced that they are adding new cars to their service in Montreal : the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA. I was excited to try this sexy car and definitely wondered if I would like it more than the Chevrolet Traverse 2018 that I recently had to do a road trip in the East of Canada.
After trying the service for 4 days, I wanted to share with you the top 3 reasons why I fell in love with Car2Go.
1. The Cars
Car2Go offers 2 different models of cars. They have the Smart fortwo and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA and the GLA! I had the all black Mercedes 2018 (with leather seats, my favorite!) and, my favorite function was the Apple Car Play that I discovered in the Chevrolet Traverse. This function enables you to have your phone mirrored on your car media screen. Super easy to use and it reads your text messages to be sure that you do not text on the roads. In addition, the Mercedes had a panoramic sunroof that was a great plus when driving downtown and looking up at the skyscrapers.
Although I had the Mercedes CLA with me for the whole weekend, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of
available cars around the city. When you are looking for a car, you simply open the app and the map will tell you where you can find a car. If it seems far, you can reserve it and make sure that no ones take it while you are on your way to go get it. I was surprised to discover that they have over 500 cars in their fleet now! (100 of them are the Mercedes!)
3. Parking in Montreal
Montreal’s parking is ANNOYING. First, the parking signs are confusing, then you have to find an available parking spot (which may take up to 40 minutes to find one, true story) or you surrender and end up parking your car at a designed parking lot that cost between 15$-30$.
Car2Go solved that problem for their users by allowing them to park anywhere in the Mont-Royal Area, Mile-End and more. (Except Downtown Montreal but they are working on it.) By using the Car2Go app, I was able to find where to park my car and it would let me know if there are available spots at the selected location.
That being said, I would also like to point out some extra facts!
- Car2Go comes up cheaper than taking the Taxi when you want to do quick errands downtown with their service starting at 0.32$/min.
- You don’t need to refuel a vehicle when you are done with it. If you do, you can email your receipt with additional informations about your rental to Car2Go. Once they confirm the refuel, they will reimburse you with drive time minutes to use towards a future car2go trip!
- Promo Code BENZ will give you a free registration and 10$ Credit (taxes and fees apply)
- Car2Go are available in other Canadian cities such as Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. They are also available in Germany, China, Italy, Spain and Netherlands!
Have a good one and leave some love below!
P.S. For more information, click here to go on their website.