Making the Switch: What it's Like to Rely on Ridesharing

Making the Switch: What it's Like to Rely on Ridesharing

It’s officially 2017, and as we launch ourselves into the new year we’re meticulously planning ways to keep our resolutions on track. But for some people, resolutions are more than simple switches — they're full-on lifestyle changes. Take for example our Atlanta GM Sam Bond, who, after some trial runs, decided to rely solely on Lyft as a means of transportation.

Making the Switch

“Back in the spring, I decided to try relying exclusively on ridesharing to get me around town instead of driving my own car. Shortly after posting the recap (spoiler alert: it was a great experience, and fairly close to a break-even cost versus operating my car), I remember wondering when I might revisit the prospects, and if I’d ever really make the leap into ridesharing exclusively. 

Turns out, I revisited the decision in September when my engine light came on our second family car. As a reminder, I had a 10-year old SUV that had served me well. When I got it to the auto body shop, I saw that it was going to be a significant four-figure price tag to get it back up and running. I also wasn’t in the market for a new or used car, which would be a bigger expense than I was willing to commit.

So, I decided to sell my car as-is — and yes, at a discount given it needed repair — and take the plunge, using Lyft as my way to get around town for work. I already had the learnings from my one-month trial, so the process was pretty seamless. I pocketed the money from selling my car and avoided the expense associated with getting it fixed. I am spending even less per week on my commute rides than I was in May, since the discounts to use Lyft Line in the morning have been increased, and I’ve learned to budget the extra time I give up when I’m matched with another rider. I’m spending between $160 and $200 a month on Lyft, which is very close to what I was paying for gas, insurance, and maintenance — and less than I would have been spending on all of those things PLUS a car payment."

GM Sam with driver Bethany on his morning commute

GM Sam with driver Bethany on his morning commute

"For anyone approaching the time where you might consider buying a new car, I encourage you to run the numbers — and before committing to new payment terms, try using Lyft to get around for a week or two. You may find the riding alternative is cheaper, more convenient, and more enjoyable that being behind the wheel!”

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