$1 a day…

You can’t beat the price of renting a car with CityFlitz! At a flat rate of $1 per day… Yes… that is one dollar, a mere Loonie per day !

For the outlay of $1, a choice of fuel-efficient cars (MINI Coopers, MINI Cooper Clubmans, Smart cars, VW Beetles and Toyota Prius),  you have free 24/7 pick up and delivery, free WiFi in every MINI, and unlimited mileage.

“Catch?” you ask? Well, yes. There is a catch. A number of catches to be precise.

Catches…

  • The car you get is essentially a moving billboard for companies and events.
  • You have to drive at least 30 km per day
  • You have to stay within the CityFlitz “zone”
  • and you have to register as a CityFlitzer*

* Cost for CityFlitz “membership”

One-time Security Deposit (fully-refundable)    $350
Annual Registration Fee     $35
Monthly Membership Fee     $7
Daily Car Rental Rate     $1

Oh… and currently, the company is only in Toronto, but plans are afoot to open outlets in Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.

CityFlitz promotes itself as a members-only “car-sharing” service rather than car “rental” company. This means that rather than simply renting and returning, you are responsible for adhering to a series of membership rules (which include being least 23 and have had a license for three years, with no speeding convictions 20 kilometres above the speed limit and no at-fault accidents in past two years…).

There are 120 members and a waiting list of 4,000. Members can only book a car for one day at a time and can’t make a booking again until 48 hours later. Given the number of cars and the number of members, it is obvious that demand outstrips availability. However, the company says that with increased demand, they are adding new cars to their fleet.

Members are responsible to filling the gas tank and topping up the windshield fluids, as well as any bumps and dents that they get in the car. As well, they pay for any kms below the 30 km daily minimum ($4 per km).

If renting a car in a single day or for a whole week without any sort of responsibility beyond making sure you don’t have an accident and MAYBE filling the gas tank before you return it is all you are interested in, I would suggest using Hertz or Avis. But if you want the semi-regular use of a car and can work withing the rather large list of rules, perhaps “car-sharing”, whether with CityFlitz or some other company, this might appeal to you.

City Flitz Cars

City Flitz Cars

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AususTek Eco-friendly laptop

While it isn’t going to cure the world’s eco problems overnight, every little bit counts.

Ausus has unveiled its eco-friendly bamboo-clad laptop.

U6V Bamboo

U6V Bamboo

“ASUS has achieved international renown for its research into, and inspired use of, biodegradable materials such as leather in its products, but its decision to embrace bamboo is nothing short of ingenious. Through the use of bamboo which has an immense tensile strength that rivals that of many metal alloys, the ASUS Bamboo notebook is highly resilient – an attribute proven conclusively by the fact that it is the first notebook to have survived the unforgiving conditions of snow-capped Qomolangma Peak, which stands at a staggering height of 8,848 meters (29,028 feet). “

Naysayers point to the fact that trees are a “renewable resource”. They conveniently forget that while trees ARE renewable, they do not regenerate on their own and require planting, are easily damaged in the planting, and require years to grow to the point where they can be harvested.  Bamboo, on the other hand, regenerates itself, requires no care or management, and with less cost outlay, reaps high reward.

“Bamboo also has a renewal rate that no other plant can match. It has been known to grow 60cm in just 24 hours, reaching its maximum height in several years. Bamboo is also capable of regenerating itself upon harvesting without necessitating replanting, making it possibly the perfect renewable resource.”

Of course, there will always be people who pooh-pooh the small steps towards solutions to eco-problems as not “curing” all the world’s problems and, therefor, not worth bothering with. The fact is that ANY small change we can make is PART of the eventual solution. You can’t build a house with one brick, but many with many bricks.

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