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Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our cars are as low as $8 per hour for individuals and $6 per hour for businesses. Our rates include tax, gas, insurance, and 50 miles per hourly trip and 100 miles per 24 hour trip (e.g. a 3 day reservation includes 300 miles)!

Q: Where are your cars located?

A: Our cars are currently located on Elmwood, the West Side, Allentown, Delaware District, North Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Canisius College, and on the train line. Our minivans are at the Allen/Medical Metro Station parking lot. Here is a full map of our vehicle locations.

Q: What kind of vehicles do you have?

A: The fleet consists of Yaris hatchbacks, Prius C hybrids, Kia Souls, a Corolla, a Sienna minivan, a Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, a Nissan Frontier pick-up truck, and Ford Focus 100% electric vehicles!

Q: How do I become a member? What are the requirements?

A: You can apply by signing up. Please make sure you are eligible before you take the time to fill out an application.
  • Your driver license must be valid and you must have had your license for at least 2 years.
  • No more than 2 moving violations or 1 moving violation and 1 accident in the past 3 years.
  • No more than 1 accident in the past 3 years.
  • No more than 4 points on your driving record.
  • No alcohol related vehicle violations in the past 7 years.
  • If you are 18-20 you must either have supplemental auto insurance or be covered under a parent or guardian's auto insurance policy.
You will also need a credit or debit card. There is a one-time, non-refundable $20 application fee. Applications are typically processed in one business day. Once you become a member, you must take a 15 minute orientation (online or in-person).

Q: What if I refer a member?

A: For every member you refer, you will receive $20 in driving credit. Just have the member you refer let us know you referred them, so that we can add the credit to your account.

Q: Can I donate my car?

A: Yes. We are a non-profit organization, so you can donate your car for a tax deduction. The car would only have to meet certain requirements. Please call us if you wish to donate! 716.898.0850.

Q: What are the time restraints for reserving a vehicle?

A: Reservations can be made in 15 minute intervals. The minimum reservation is 1 hour and maximum reservation is 72 hours (3 days). However, long reservations are discouraged as car sharing is most cost-effective when used for short trips and errands.

Q: How far can I go?

A: Members can drive as far as they'd like within their reservation, but if you plan on going out of state, please let us know by calling ahead of time. Also, members receive 50 miles per hourly reservation and 100 miles per 24-hour reservation (e.g. a 3 day reservation includes 300 miles). It's 28ยข per additional mile.

Q: Do I have to pay for the gas I use?

A: No. Gas is included in your reservation.

Q: Do I have to have my own insurance?

A: No. You are covered under our insurance with your monthly membership dues. The only exception is if you're 18-20 years of age, then you must show proof that you have supplemental auto insurance or are covered under a parent or guardian's auto insurance policy. 

Q: What is my insurance coverage as a member?

A: Buffalo CarShare's insurance policy provides $50,000 in comprehensive coverage per event. Moreover, insurance provided by Buffalo CarShare covers up to $1,000,000 in bodily injury and damage liability. Members are responsible for a $500 deductible in case of an accident should a claim arise. Members have the option to purchase $1 optional insurance prior to the start of their trip, which lowers the deductible to $100. All damages and losses that are not covered by Buffalo CarShare's policy are the responsibility of the member.

Q: Can I let my friend/aunt/son drive while I have a reservation?

A: Only members can drive a carshare vehicle. If you'd like, you may add them to a Friends and Family Plan. Each additional driver is an extra $5 per month. If they are not a member or they are not added as a driver to your account, then they cannot drive since they will not be covered under our insurance.

Q: How do I know if I should sign up as a Buffalo Roamer (frequent) or a Buffalo Settler (infrequent) member?

A: If you expect to drive five hours or more in a given month, then becoming a Buffalo Roamer would be less expensive overall. If you expect to drive less than five hours in a given month, then a Buffalo Settler membership would be less expensive.

 

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