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From Friday 15th of September Co-Wheels will be increasing the hourly booking rates by 25p an hour and 3p a mile for most of our cars. Mileage for electric vehicles will remain free and pricing for the 7 seat car is unchanged.

 

We know price rises are unwelcome news but to keep the car club sustainable we need to ensure we cover running costs which have increased in the past 20 months. A lot of our major costs such as car leasing and insurance have risen above the rate of inflation.

It is the first price increase since January 2016.  

Any bookings which have already been made for after September 15th will be honoured at the current rates.

Our prices remain very competitive and our mileage rate is the lowest of any national club. Our longer term and overnight rates are also highly competitive and we offer the lowest insurance excess as standard.

Our Toyota Aygo NA64 XZZ has moved to Bournville. She is now parked at the bottom of Meadow Rise B30 1UZ, close to the junction with Woodbrooke Road.

Thank you to Bournville Village Trust (BVT) for supporting the car club!

 

aygo at meadow rise

 

 

You might have noticed that we have been describing our now retired VW Passatt as Katie. In fact all the cars in the fleet have names; Winnie, Eva, Ducky and Nellie to name just a few. Surprisingly only 39% of drivers give their cars a name, although the figure is 50% for women drivers. Do men think they are just driving a machine? Boats have names and so should cars. Although I suppose it's harder getting rid of Katie than of a Passatt. Talking of naming boats, we would like suggestons for a name for our new Toyota Auris, but no suggestions for Car-y McCarface please. Eamil your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the winner will receive a lovely driving credit.

Sadly poor Katie (our Passat estate) had to go.  Happily we now have her replacement: a Toyota Auris HYBRID estate. The Auris is the same size, can take roof bars and cycle carriers and is easier to drive. What's more, it emits just 84g/km CO2 - so now you can  drive your family around in a low-emissions car! She's parked on Franklin Road in Cotteridge, see the LOCATIONS & CARS page.

 

toyota auris at cotteridge park

 

 

Exciting news!

We recently applied for a loan through the Big Issue Invest project, and excitingly we got it! 

Not only did we secure the £20,000 loan from Big Issue Invest, but we also gained a £20,000 grant to match it from Big Lottery Fund. Sandra achieved this on the UnLtd Big Venture Challenge programme - we're so so happy in the office, and can't wait to convert it into new cars, and a cleaner, greener Birmingham. 

The money is specifically being spent on new vehicles and new marketing activity so that we can grow the club, reaching new members throughout the city.

Watch this space!