Carsharing, yes; owning, no #4: Ready to go

As you can see in the pic, my car sharing user card arrived in the post today. That's nice, 48 hours after I faxed all the documentation they requested. The pic also shows the T10 cards that allow 10 trips on any kind of public transport in Barcelona Metro Area, on up to 4 different transport modes.

Now what I have done is checked the reservation system at the website, which is really easy to use. The reservation management screen is very simple: simply choose the start time and date for rental and the time you want to return the car. Cars must be rented at least for one hour.

Then simply choose the location and drop station. Note that I must return the car to the same station I took the car from. Avancar has 21 stations in the city of Barcelona and 4 additional ones in nearby cities (Granollers, Sabadell and Sant Cugat del Vallès). All the stations are in easy-to-find parking lots and most of them are at just a few minutes from a public transport stop or station.

Finally, the systems asks me to choose the car I want and gives an estimate of the cost of the rental, without figuring in miles driven. Continue after the break to find about the cars available.


All cars available are diesels with the latest emissions technologies available. There are 5 types of cars, as follows, and I've added approximate model, engine size, HP and CO2 emissions.

-Renault Clio 1.5 dCi (70 HP, 120 g/km)
-Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTi (75 HP, 119 g/km)

-Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi (100 HP, 161 g/km)
-Renault Mégane 1.5 dCi (85 HP, 117 g/km)

-Renault Mégane Grand Tour 1.5 dCi (85 HP, 117 g/km)

Familiar (5+2 seats)
-Opel Zafira 1.9 CDTi (100 HP, 162 g/km)
-Renault Grand Scénic 1.5 dCi (85 HP, 137 g/km)

Minibus (9 seats)
-Opel Vivaro 2.0 CDTi (114 HP, 220 g/km)

[Source: Spanish websites for Renault, Opel and Ford]

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