Our services

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Round Trip

Book a station based car...in advance

  • Reserve your car online or by phone. Choose the date(s), start time and end time of your trip.
  • Pick up the car at the station you selected and return it to the station where you picked it up at the agreed time.

Roundtrip station-based CarShare Atlantic vehicles can be booked up to a month in advance and gives you access to the best rates. They are ideal for planned trips or when you need to make sure you have access to a vehicle at a specific time and place.

Joining as a CarShare Atlantic Round Trip member you get both of our two carsharing services! Using our one-way Flex cars as a Round Trip member you get an additional Flex offer reduction of 35¢/min instead of 41¢.

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One-Way

Grab a car...on the go

  • Block your Flex car on your Smart Phone or online up to 30 free minutes, so you have the time to get there (this period is not charged).
  • Access the Flex car with your key fob, you can drive in and out of the zone, wherever you like. You have to bring it back to anywhere in the Flex Zone, where signage allows or at a Flex’s Drop Off Points (coming soon).

CarShare Atlantic Flex cars are the ideal solution for spontaneous trips from point A to point B - in the city, for a day trip or multiple days. Release the Flex car at your destination (within the Flex Zone) and enjoy privilege of parking in residents-only zones. You will never have felt so free getting around than with CarShare Atlantic Flex cars.

Flex, how it works

Carsharing

Our cars become your car. By becoming a CarShare Atlantic member, you gain access to a fleet of cars that you can reserve or not at low cost for 30 minutes, an hour, a day or longer, according to your needs. Located in the heart of your neighborhood, the cars are available without delay, 24/7.

Carsharing provides flexibility and freedom at a great price. CarShare Atlantic pays all the costs related to car ownership: purchasing, financing, registration, insurance, repairs, maintenance… and even gas! You do the driving and we take care of the rest.

CarShare Atlantic is for you if you want to:

  • Free yourself from the expense of a primary vehicle
  • Supplement walking, biking or busing
  • Free yourself from the commitment of a second car

Spend less, connect with your community, save the planet.

Getting Started

Follow these simple steps and start enjoying the freedom of carsharing:

 

  • Join - Register online and complete orientation and we will send you your member number, a key fob and a key tag in the mail.
  • Book it..or not - Reserve your roundtrip car online or by phone specifying the dates and time of start and end of your trip. Roundtrip CarShare Atlantic vehicles can be booked up to a month in advance. Flex cars don’t have to be reserved but can be blocked for up to 30 minutes the time to get to them (free of charge); you can also access directly an available Flex vehicle you see on the street.
  • Fob in – Unlock your car by laying the key fob over the sensor on the driver side of the windshield. This will identify you in our system, unlock the doors and activate the ignition.
  • Drive! - You can go wherever you like during your reservation – take five minutes to run to the store, or trip to Montreal! Just make sure you’re back to the station where you picked up your roundtrip car before the end of your reservation. Flex cars only needs to be brought back at anytime within the zone area or at a Flex’s Drop Off Point. When you’re done, just “fob out” to lock the doors by returning the key fob over the sensor on the driver side of the windshield.





See our Frequently Asked Questions below for more details on how to use the service.

Our Cars

2-autos-ccsa Our fleet includes models ranging from Toyota Prius C, Yaris, and Matrix to Nissan Versa, and Mazda 5. They are easily recognized thanks to the CarShare Atlantic logo on the sides and back of the car. All of our vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission and have winter tires from December to April (and all-season tires the rest of the year). They are also equipped with a MACPASS so you can enjoy discounts and easier trips when crossing toll bridges and paying for parking at the airport. All of our vehicles are non-smoking.

FAQ

• Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an individual Membership, you must be at least 19 years old and hold a valid Nova Scotia driver's license for at least 2 years.

Your driving record needs to be free all of the following infractions: a speeding violation of 40km/hr or more above the limit; more than one at-fault accident; any criminal motor vehicle offences (including DUIs); more than six demerit points; and any 4 minor infractions.  

If you have had your Nova Scotia drivers license for less than 2 years but have more experience in another province ou country, please provide us with proof of this experience with a driving record.

• Where can I take the cars?

Anywhere! As long as you bring it back at the end of your reservation to your station or with Flex back into the Flex Zone. Our cars have been as far as Washington DC and Toronto! CarShare Atlantic cars become your car while you have it reserved. Use them for all your car mobility needs.

• Must I pay the $500 to become a member?

No. Here are the 5 most common ways to become a member:
  • Join CarShare Atlantic by paying a $500 refundable Membership Bond and become a Value Plan member. This program gives you our best hourly and distance rates AND you automatically are a Flex member.
  • Choose our free basic Flex plan, in which case you won’t have to pay the $500 refundable Membership Bond or any annual or monthly membership fees. Flex members only have access to Flex cars.
  • Choose our Open Plan, in which case you won’t have to pay the $500 refundable Membership Bond. You will have only have access to Open plan rates but have access to all vehicles, including Flex cars.
  • Do you have an Epass or UPass? You are eligible to get our Value Package with our Dynamic Duo offer for only $8 per month, without having to pay the $500 refundable Membership Bond.
  • Do you use transit? CarShare Atlantic members have an exclusive offer to get an annual EPass for a discount with our Dynamic Duo offer.

• How to figure out which package is right for me?

Remember you can upgrade your package at any time. That’s why we often recommend to start out with Value Plan or Open Plan, both at $40/year (the second one does not require the $500 refundable Membership Bond). That way, you can have access to both, roundtrip or Flex cars, and experience the service and if you wish to upgrade to a more advantageous package you can always do so.

Each package is tailored to a type of use. A number of variables come into play: the frequency of use, mileage, time of use and the desire to access the long distance rate. For an overview of our packages, click here or call us so we can help you choose the package best suited to your needs.

• Is there good car availability?

Yes! We still suggest you book your station based roundtrip car in advance as there may be no roundtrip vehicles available if you reserve at the very last minute. If needed, you can grab a Flex car as an alternative. They allow you to make most trips at a similar price, especially if you choose a Value Plan.

• What do I do if something unexpected happens (being late, incident, last minute cancellation)?

If a problem arises, we ask that you contact one of our agents at customer service. He or she will be able to guide you through the right steps. If you see that you are running out of time, don't hesitate to extend your reservation as availability allows through our mobile app.

• Who fuels the car?

Fuelling the car is one of the member's responsibilities. We ask that the car be returned with the fuel tank at least 1/4 full. Simply use the gas card available in each car, as the gas is included in our rates.

For Flex Vehicles, a time credit of 20 minutes is given for any trip of an hour or less charged at the Flex rate if the gasoline purchase totals at least $20 (taxes included). When the length of the trip is under 20 minutes, the maximum credit awarded is equivalent to the trip’s duration.

• What if I don’t have a Nova Scotia license?

You can apply with a License from another Province, the USA or other countries. For all drivers we must have a copy or copies of your driver's abstract(s) for you covering at least the past three years. Learn more

• Can I take a car in one place and drop it off elsewhere?

Station based vehicles
CarShare Atlantic station based roundtrip vehicles must always return to their original location. And that's a good thing since most trips begin and end at home. You have your exclusive parking nearby!

Flex cars
Flex cars can be taken, driven and released anywhere as long they are brought back within the Flex Zone or at Flex's drop-off point at the end of the trip. When the trip is finished, the vehicles must always be released to a place where the parking signage allows it.

• Where can I park a Flex car?

All CarShare Atlantic cars, including Flex are equipped with a Residential Parking Exemptions permit. This is where they can be parked:
  • All unmarked parking spots
  • Time limited parking spots (One Hour, Two Hour)
  • Residential Only parking spots


  • Be careful about Street cleaning! Park on the other side of the street where the street cleaning is happening! This happens past midnight so double check the signs for the day.

    Warning! These permits do not exempt the CarShare Atlantic cars from the following:

  • “no stopping” or “no parking” zones
  • parking meters on a street (you can park here during your trip, but not ending your trip)
  • street cleaning restrictions. You can park here provided that it is possible to park the car until the end of the following day. (11:59 pm)
  • winter parking regulations
  • parking for 24 hours continuously in one parking spot
  • any other temporary parking controls
  • any parking regulations in the Motor Vehicle Act.


  • Note: A Driver who returns a Vehicle to a prohibited location is liable for their negligence.

    If a Vehicle is parked in the above situations, the Driver is responsible for paying the costs of parking tickets and towing as per the fees schedule in Drivers Terms (website/documents).

    • Do I always have to reserve a car before using it?

    Station based vehicles
    Roundtrip station based vehicles always have to be reserved specifying the dates and time of start and end of your trip before you use one.

    Flex cars
    Flex cars can’t be reserved in advance. However, you can block a Flex car in real time up to 30 minutes, in order to secure the vehicle while getting to it. The minutes between the time when a vehicle is blocked by the Driver and the time at which the Driver takes possession of the vehicle are not charged.

    • When making a reservation, must I always indicate my return time?

    When reserving a roundtrip station based vehicle with CarShare Atlantic, the period you wish to reserve must be clearly indicated.

    Want to extend your time, no problem - as long as a member hasn’t booked the car. Use our app or call our hotline to make the change. As our regular rate varies between $2.25 and $5.95 an hour it is generally possible, for a few more dollars, to add some extra time just in case.

    • How much time in advance must I reserve to make sure a car is available?

    Members can book a roundtrip station based vehicle up to a month in advance however, there is no precise reservation delay that can guarantee availability. That being said, for weekend trips or extended trips, it is recommended to reserve several days or weeks, up to 30 days in advance. This is particularly encouraged for reservations during long weekends and during summer. However, this does not mean that you won't be able to find a vehicle if you reserve at the last minute. Simply that by planning ahead, you reduce the risk of not being able to book the car you want.

     

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    Admission requirements

    • What is the minimum age required to subscribe and what type of license is needed?

    To be eligible for an individual subscription, you must be at least 19 years old and hold a valid Nova Scotia driver's license for at least 2 years.

    • If I have an international driver’s license, am I exempt from having to obtain a Nova Scotia license?

    If you do not have a Nova Scotia driver's license and wish to know whether you qualify for our service, please refer yourself to the question “What if I don’t have a Nova Scotia license?” found higher up in our FAQ.

    • Is it possible to join CarShare Atlantic with only a probationary license?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible.

    • Is it necessary to have personal automobile insurance in order to use CarShare Atlantic’s vehicles?

    No. When you use one of our cars you are automatically covered by CarShare Atlantic's insurance; it is included in our rates. In the case of an accident, your liability is limited to the deductible you select upon signing the Contract, i.e. $0, $250 or $500 per accident. If you pay your CarShare Atlantic bill with a credit card that has rental insurance or collision loss damage insurance, you are eligible to a 0$ deductible for only $25/year.

     

    Subscription and rates

    • If I subscribe to your service, will my partner be allowed to drive the vehicle?

    No, unless there is an emergency, as stated in our Driver's terms. However, you can easily add them as an Added Driver to the account! You can have up to 6 household members on your account. 

     

    Logistics

    • Are there penalties for cancelling a reservation?

    When you cancel at least two hours before the beginning of your reservation, there are no penalties. However 50% of your trip will be charged if you cancel within two hours of its start. The whole trip is charged if the time has started. See our Driver's terms for further details.

    • How can I pay my bill?

    You will receive an invoice listing all of your trips every month. The balance will automatically be charged to the credit card on your account 3 days after the reception of your invoice. If the card is not under your name, we will need a written authorization from the card holder. Please note that we do not accept Visa Debit or American Express cards.

    • How does the anti-theft device work?

    All our vehicles are equipped with an anti-theft device. To disable it, use your key FOB.

     

    Characteristics

    • What makes and models are available at CarShare Atlantic?

    Our fleet includes Toyota Prius C's, Yaris', Matrix's , Nissan Versa's and Mazda 5's. They are easily recognizable thanks to the CarShare Atlantic logo, found on the side and back of the cars.

    • Do you have non-smoking vehicles?

    It is forbidden to smoke in our vehicles.

    • Are your vehicles equipped with winter tires?

    All of our vehicles have winter tires from December to April and all-season tires the rest of the year.

    • Do your cars have automatic or standard transmission?

    All of our vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission.

     

    Use of service

    • What should I do if I get a ticket during my trip?

    Members are responsible for any vehicle-related fine received during a trip, whether it is for a parking or traffic violation. You must pay the fine directly to the agency that issued the ticket, before the due date. If CarShare Atlantic must pay the fine for you, an administrative processing fee of $20 will automatically be added to your invoice, in addition to the cost of the fine.

    • What happens if the vehicle I had parked gets a parking ticket or is towed?

    When returning a vehicle, during or at the end of a trip, you are responsible for making sure it is parked in its designated space, or in an area with no restrictions. If the vehicle is left in an area having any restrictions and we receive a fine or if the vehicle is towed, you will be fully responsible for the costs related to fines. If we have to pay the fine ourselves, an administrative processing fee of $20 will automatically be added to your invoice, in addition to the cost of the fine and any charges incurred by CarShare Atlantic.

    • Can I drive on a toll bridge with a CarShare Atlantic?

    Absolutely. All of our vehicles are equipped with a MACPASS so you enjoy discounts and easier trips when crossing toll bridges and paying for parking at the airport. We add the toll charges to your invoice once they have been charged to us. No service fees are required for now, other than the amount charged by the toll bridge administrators. The toll charges may not be invoiced at the same time as your trip, as there are often delays in receiving toll invoices.

    • What if I have a flat tire during the transport?

    In case of a flat tire, the member must have the damaged tire repaired before returning the vehicle. The resulting expenses, minus an amount of $30 (for the member's share) will be refunded on the member's monthly bill. A service fee of $20 plus staff time is applied if the member leaves the vehicle without taking care of the tire repair. If the Member chooses roadside assistance to install the spare tire, or if they choose to have the vehicle towed, CarShare Atlantic will refund up to 50% of any costs incurred as long as the Member Services authorizes it beforehand.