Llani Car Club's 3rd birthday
The Llani Car Club is now three years old. Membership has grown to 24 and the club now has 4 vehicles - a diesel Peugeot Partner van (see photo on ‘Vehicles’ page), which has loads of carrying capacity and a tow bar, was recently purchased by popular request of the members. During the last year the total mileage driven was 32,549, which is remarkable given that 10 members do not own a car and rely on the club for their use of a car. The remaining 14 members use the car club cars instead of owning a second car.
From 1st of June this year, Andrew Capel, who founded the club, has been appointed as the part-time coordinator. He will take over the day-to-day running of the club from the committee, who have done a fantastic job of running the club since the beginning.
As we move into our fourth year we are looking to recruit more members and improve the service to existing members. For more information ring Andrew on 01686 412 961. Andrew is also available to give talks about the car club to local and not-so-local groups.
Car Club gears up for another successful year
A Powys car club is celebrating its continued success. Llanidloes Car Club, a community group which allows its members to share cars, is now in its third year and has been able to purchase its own dedicated car for use by its members.
The group which was set up two years ago, started with four members and one car to share between them and now has 19 members sharing three cars. Until now all other vehicles had been on loan to the group, but the new VW Lupo is owned by the group and was purchased using group funds. Today 6 members rely totally on the club for a car, while the other members are able to do without a second car.
Andrew Capel, who set up the group said: “My initial reason for setting up the car club in 2007 was to avoid having to buy another car for the family. I was fed up of owning a car but realised we could not do without one. Car sharing seemed a very good alternative. Finding 3 other like minded people was essential in making the club happen. Since then we have received phone calls from around the UK as well as email from South Africa asking how we did it. There seems to be a growing interest in community car clubs. Clearly I am not the only one fed up of owning a car.”
“At the end of our second year the total mileage done by the members was 23,659, which is equivalent to twice the average annual mileage of one person in one car. Clearly the Car Club is part of the low carbon solution. It is also part of the solution to the credit crunch. Why? Because it is pay-as-you-use motoring, you have no overheads, if you don’t use a car you pay nothing. Personally we now do one third of the mileage we used to do and are saving £2000 a year by not having a car, also there are no more unexpected bills and I am no longer a full time taxi driver for the children.”
If you would like to join the car club contact Andrew on 01686 412961
Successful car club continues to expands
Having just celebrated our first full year, we have just taken on a third vehicle. Another car and more members are the good news from the growing Llanidloes and District Car Club.
The Peugeot 405 Estate, Ford Focus have now been joined by a Renault Clio. With fuel prices likely to rise in future, now is the time to consider ways to reduce your dependency on the car. Membership is growing as people give up second cars or get rid of their cars altogether, allowing them to save money, cut their carbon footprints and help our environment.
“The Clio provides us with a smaller car, which is ideal for short journeys and can only widen the appeal of the club” said Club Chairman Andrew Capel. “If you need a car occasionally but find owning a car too expensive or just not necessary then consider joining us. It makes sense for users and for the environment. It’s a win-win situation.”
Launched in July 2007, the Club now has 12 members using 3 cars. 6 members have no other vehicle and rely on the club for use of a car.
For more information contact Andrew Capel on 01686 412 961
Successful Car Club expands
Another car and more members are the good news for 2008 from the growing Llanidloes and District Car Club.
The Peugeot 405 Estate has now been joined by a Ford Focus, which is to be in action in January. Membership is growing as people give up second cars or get rid of their cars altogether, allowing them to save money, cut their carbon footprints and help our environment.
“The Car Club is working as well as we had hoped” said Club Chairman Andrew Capel. “It is an idea whose time has come. If you need a car occasionally but find owning a car too expensive or just not necessary then you should consider joining us. It makes sense for users and for the environment. It's a win-win situation.”
Launched in July 2007, the Club has successfully doubled its available vehicles and more than doubled its members in just 6 months.back to top
Car Club success in Llanidloes
On Monday 9th July the Llanidloes and District Car Club will be launched with its first booking. The historic first customer, Bob Spencer, has a special interest in the car. He donated it!
Bob said: “I don't need one car all to myself. If I can use it when I need it why not let others benefit as well?”
Car Club Chairman Andrew Capel commented: “There are so many benefits to this scheme. It costs on average over £2000 a year to run a car. With the Car Club all those car costs of tax, insurance and maintenance, which you pay even if the car is sitting on the drive, just disappear. Instead you pay by the mile. You can save a huge amount of money.”
But, as he pointed out, there are many more advantages than just saving money. “People who can't afford to run their own car can have access to a car. You can get rid of the need to run a second car. Best of all there can be huge environmental benefits. Elsewhere some car club users have found their car use dropped by as much as 25%. This cuts the use of increasingly scarce fuel and cuts pollution, decreasing your carbon footprint.”
The scheme is starting with one car and will consider increasing the number according to demand.
“We already have quite a few regular customers, including business such as the Organic Shop in Great Oak Street” said Andrew. “We are very confident that this scheme will continue to grow and help both the people and the environment of Llanidloes.”
Launch details :
Date: Monday 9th July
Place: The Crowsnest (The Old Chapel), Eastgate Street
Time: 11.00back to top
Llanidloes and District Car Club
A Car Club is an organisation where a group of people share the use of a car, saving on their own costs while helping the environment. It could be used as a second vehicle, saving you buying and running another car, or by infrequent users as their only car. Car Clubs exist in many cities and towns and are growing rapidly.
It's time we had one in Llanidloes, to serve this area. We are developing a scheme and we need to know who is interested in sharing a car. If we have enough people we can make it work.
If you would like to know more there is a display in the window of the Resource Centre. There will be forms there to fill in so you can make contact. Alternatively you could contact Andrew Capel on: 01686 412961.
You could save a LOT of money AND help the environment. What have you got to lose?back to top