Vancouver Car Share Companies

Car share has been a big hit even before ridesharing like Uber. Car2Go and Zipcar have been around for years. Many have said millennials are giving up owning a car but around the Greater Vancouver Regional District GVRD where housing prices are the least affordable in Canada, saving the average Canadian’s $275 a month car payment can go a long way to helping climb the property ladder. Car Share can bridge the gap between cycling, public transit, a taxi, and walking¬†or other forms of active transport, without the need to rent a car for a whole period of 24 hours.

Car2go Car Share Smart Car
Car2go Car Share Smart Car at UBC campus in Vancouver
ZipCar Hyundai Elantra at UBC campus in Vancouver
EVO Car Share at UBC campus in Vancouver
Prius C EVO Car Share at UBC campus in Vancouver

Evo looks like they only use Toyota Prius C and they all have active lifestyle roof racks for bikes, skis, and boards.

Vancouver Velocity Cars

Storefront of Vancouver Velocity Cars

The weather could not have been worse for my visit to Velocity Cars in Burnaby BC but I had a great time anyways visiting the JDM powerhouse in the suburbs of Vancouver. Japanese Domestic Market or JDM cars are imported to Canada after they are 15 years old. This means that every few years an entirely new generation of vehicles is available to Canadians. These cars are often Right Hand Drive as Japan is another country like England where you drive on the right, however many of the German cars there like BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche are still Left Hand Drive, LHD. These cars offer a unique automotive experience for people looking to have something a little different than the everyday. Check with your local insurance company as some can be particular about the Right Hand Driving experience. Photography with the snow and rain was tricky so it was a only a short visit.

2001 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Bug eye in Vancouver Velocity Cars Burnaby

Canada didn’t get the Subaru Impreza WRX until 2002, and the STI until 2004, so we never enjoyed the Bug Eye variant of the legendary world rally car.

2001 Nissan Skyline R34 Coupe Green
2001 Nissan Skyline R34 at Vancouver Velocity Cars

R34 Nissan Skylines are now available as early examples are 15 years old and this one was a beautiful dark green colour.

1998 Toyota Chaser Tourer V 1JZ VVTi Turbo at Vancouver Velocity Cars
BMW Z3 Roadster with M Package Blue Interior
1998 Honda CR-V at Vancouver Velocity Cars

Here you see the Right Hand Drive Honda CRV which is often used for Rural postal mail delivery.

Nissan Stagea in Vancouver at Velocity Cars

I found this Nissan Stagea curious because it’s the USDM Infiniti G35 but in a Wagon format with a smaller 2.5 liter V6 engine. It’s only recently passed the 15 year mark allowing it to be imported, meaning I’d never seen one in Canada until today.

1998 Alfa Romeo GTV in vancouver at Velocity Cars
Mitsubishi Space Gear at Velocity Cars
Storefront of Vancouver Velocity Cars
Vancouver Velocity Cars