Our Guide to Car Subscription Services

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A New Alternative to Vehicle Ownership

If you want a stress-free experience the next time you pick out a new vehicle, consider a car subscription, now offered by several major manufacturers and third-party companies. These services cost a little more than a regular lease or monthly financing payment, but the perks are worth considering.

Some brands include maintenance and insurance, and others say it’s hassle-free to swap out your current car for a different one.

On the following pages, we took a look at manufacturer-sponsored programs, as well as some third-party providers. While the manufacturers’ own programs work kind of like a fancy lease, most third-party subscriptions work more like a car-sharing service, such as Getaround, ZipCar, or Car2Go. Some charge a flat monthly fee, while others have fees that vary by car and location.

Keep in mind that the scope of vehicle subscription services is still pretty limited, but poised for growth. That means if you’re outside of a major city, you might be out of luck for now. It also means the car subscription providers are changing quickly as new manufacturers and startup companies get in on the action. Just recently, BMW and Mercedes told Automotive News that they would be testing new car subscription services in 2018. We’ll continue to keep track of this burgeoning transportation option as it grows.

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