The Economics of Car Rental

Actively Lazy

We’re flying back to the UK for a week later this month, so once again we’re forced to rent a car. Both sets of parents live too far from public transport for it to be a realistic option, even assuming the trains in the UK break the habit of a lifetime and work for a change. (Rail replacement bus service? What sadistic bastard thought of that?)

It got me thinking about the outrageous cost of hiring a car for the week. To get a car large enough for the three of us and all our luggage (who knew we needed to take a kitchen sink for a 1 week trip?), it will cost us over £200 for the week. I could practically buy a car more cost effectively than that… if only there was some way of everyone clubbing together to buy a car that you can drive when…

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