DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver-area program is allowing members to pay as they drive.

At Occasional Car members book a reservation online and they’re given a chip to swipe. The keys are in the car and they pay by the hour to use it. For some, it’s really a great way to save money.

“Gas was killing me,” Chris Gallegos said.

Gallegos had a car that broke down and was costing him a fortune. Now that he’s joined Occasional Car, he says owning a car right now doesn’t make sense. Gallegos lives downtown and only needs a car as the name suggests — occasionally. He uses a car maybe once a week.

“It’s really easy, it’s about $5 an hour, which includes gas and insurance,” he said.

Russell Straub started where members can rent a car parked downtown or in Capitol Hill and pay as they drive. Nearly 1,000 people are using his cars.

Gallegos figures it saves him more than $5,000 a year.

“I’m not paying insurance; I’m not paying for gas; I’m not paying for parking,” he said.

The cars are parked all around downtown and the Capitol Hill area. Look for the Occasional Car logo on the front doors of the cars.

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Comments (5)
  1. rent a car brasov says:

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  2. Suzanne says:

    What a great idea. Can you tell us more about how the loanation program works?

  3. Suzanne McCarroll says:

    I agree. I’d love to have them in my neighborhood as well. The owners of compnay say they plan to expand but right now will concentrate on the more densely populated areas of Denver.

    1. Eric says:

      Suzanne and Linda,
      Where do you live? The local non-profit organization eGo CarShare,, has over 25 cars throughout Denver and Boulder. Maybe they have a car near you. They even have a loanation program. I loaned them my car so I can still use it but I don’t have to pay for insurance or gas anymore. It’s a great deal! And a great way to reduce my environmental impact.

  4. Linda Hall Houle says:

    I wish we could have something like that in our rural communities too. I only drive about once or twice a week, so my car just sits the rest of the time. We drive 30 miles to the grocery store and then back home

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