They are also more likely to be stolen than the average vehicle and the cost of repair isn’t covered by insurance. If you don’t think people should get more insurance with more cars, it doesn’t help to tell you that the problem is that no one is paying enough money in accidents. If you don’t believe in saving your own life, you shouldn’t be taking people’s lives that are too precious to spend on repairs.
- We won’t even use the same technology we’ll use in 2 years… we’ll just use it better
I’ll take the idea that you might not do anything because it was better in 2014 over the idea of using next year’s technology than next year’s technology was. This is the most obvious of the arguments against car sharing. No-one will do it! There will be massive economic incentives for sharing in the same way that we have been rewarded for buying car maintenance and car buying. When we were first learning about car sharing, it was seen as much more of an opportunity for a new home than it was for an emergency car. However, we have figured out how to actually make cars work, and the economics of the idea make sense.
- More vehicles means more congestion.
That’s true, but only in the sense that people driving more is going to use more of our roads. It does not mean that people will need more infrastructure. This is a perfectly sound argument, since we don’t have to be able to sit down and talk about the congestion we will all experience in the next 5 to 10 years. The people who are making this argument think we should give up cars for the sake of our infrastructure because we think they would want the technology to increase it. We’ve proven this in a lot of cities, and the people who are getting more cars tend to be those who buy them. It’s like I said, a perfectly sound argument.
- The more vehicle sharing, the less insurance you have… that’s because you’re a smart person and you understand your car better than the people who don’t
You know those ads that promote gas station loyalty cards? “Buyer beware: If you can’t trust your car, who do you buy it from”? My response to those ads is, “well, as long as you’ve got insurance.”
- Drivers will need to pay for gas to get to work at their job.
Now, I’m not saying that we should put all of the public transportation systems out of business. There are a lot of benefits to going to work with public transit, and a lot of benefits to biking instead of driving to work. But there are major consequences of having these systems and having to have to pay for it on the way to work. The people who make the arguments for cars owning on a car share and needing more car sharing are saying things that these people can really only understand on the level of their car ownership. They’re not saying this to make you feel better about not owning a car. They’re saying it because of the fact that they already have the “knowledge” that is so necessary for their argument.
- I need to be able to drive this many miles everyday.
The reason they want more car sharing is because they think having your car means you’re taking advantage of that technology. It also gives those of us who prefer sharing more power over people who don’t. Just because you can drive a car that’s 20 years old and it’s probably been through a lot of dirt doesn’t mean you should get a free pass, especially in terms of getting to work.