Pay-as-you-go rental company City Car Club has acquired WhizzGo, one of its main rivals, for an undisclosed sum.
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The move means City Car Club now has a presence in 15 UK cities, with 500 cars and more than 16,000 members. Streetcar remains the biggest car club in the UK with around 50,000 members, but its cars are concentrated around London and Brighton.
City Car Club said the merger would strengthen its position in the growing car club market as WhizzGo already has established bases in ‘key’ northern cities like Leeds and Liverpool.
As our expert guide shows, pay-as-you-go car clubs can offer a cheap alternative to ownership – especially if you only drive occasionally. Members simply pay for the miles they drive, and the car club picks up other running costs like tax and servicing.
A City Car Club statement said all of its newly acquired vehicles would be rebranded, and that existing WhizzGo members would be moved automatically to City Car Club’s systems. Members will be able to hire cars from £3.96 per hour, and each booking comes with 50 miles’ free petrol per day.
City Car Club CEO James Finlayson said: ‘We were keen to acquire WhizzGo’s locations in key cities in the north of England which will now enlarge our base for future expansion and this dovetails perfectly with our strategy of growing our network both outside, as well as inside, of London. Our enlarged network will be able to deliver new member benefits and accelerated growth to the burgeoning car-sharing industry’.
City Car Club vehicles
The cars offered by City Car Club fit into two main brackets. Standard cars include the Vauxhall Corsa, and Kia Cee’d, while larger, more expensive cars include the and Vauxhall Astra. You can find out more about all of these cars in the .
To find out more about City Car Club and its rivals, read our guide to car clubs.
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