Modo at Victoria's Rutledge Park

Like any kind of ownership, owning a car comes with its fair share of hassle and cost – from maintenance, gas and insurance, to worrying about parking, and even the footprint that adding yet another vehicle to our city leaves behind.

Carsharing with Modo is a great alternative to car ownership, and you’ll be helping fight Victoria’s growing traffic, pollution and parking challenges along the way.

If you’ve been on the fence about ditching your car (or second car) and jumping into carsharing, now is the time to take the plunge – and here are 5 reasons to get you there!

1. Modo’s got an impressive and diverse fleet

Need an SUV to fit all of your weekly groceries into, a cargo van to help with your friend’s move, or just looking for a sweet little ride to take a road-trip up island in? Modo’s got your back! They have nearly 100 vehicles right here in Victoria, and over a dozen downtown. With over 700 cars, SUVs, trucks, mini vans, hybrids and EVs, across Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, Metro Vancouver, and the Okanagan, there’s a Modo for every kind of trip – and for every kind of member. You can have your pick from vehicles like a Toyota Prius, Nissan Rogue or even a BMW X1 – something for everyone!

2. Modo’s new ‘Open Return’ is the ultimate convenience

Open Return means that you have all of the freedom to use a Modo for as long as you like in a 24-hour period, and the flexibility to return it earlier than originally planned – you only pay for what you use. Maybe your dinner with mom runs long, or date night turns into an overnight! No more worries about running behind, padding time, or incurring late fees. All for a low $3 convenience charge.

3. Did we mention affordability?

Considering we live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada and the cost of owning and operating a car in BC totals around $9,500 per year, we need all the breaks we can get! That’s nearly $800 a month, and carsharing with Modo starts at just $5/hour, with gas, insurance and privileged parking included. What will you spend your savings on – rent, travel, school?

4. You’re keeping things local

Modo is proud to be a local co-operative (formerly Victoria Carshare Co-op). They put people before profit, and pride themselves in connecting people with places in a way that’s affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable. Modo’s intent is to earn just enough to cover their costs and continue to invest in being the best and most purposeful carshare operator in BC.

5. You can have the best of both worlds

If you want piece of mind, you can book the car a year in advance, or be spontaneous and book last minute – either way, Modo has you covered.

Cherry blossoms and carsharing!

Whether it’s for a road-trip with friends, to get you to your business meeting on time, or just to help accomplish your weekly grocery-shopping, carsharing is the perfect option to suit any needs.

Ready to try Modo? Victoria Buzz readers get $50 in free drive time when they use the promo code VICBUZZ online!

Modo Carsharing Cooperative

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