Some weeks ago we found an offer from DriveNow, the carsharing service from BMW and MINI, where they lowered the subscription fee from 29.95€ to 4.99€. You can find their cars in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and San Francisco. So we decided to try it out.
After your online subscription you receive a confirmation e-mail which asks you to stop by at a Sixt servicepoint with your ID, drivers licence and your bank-/creditcard. There you receive your DriveNow-ID that will get you on the road. Still quickly download the DriveNow App for Android or iOS and you are good to go!
Last Sunday, we enjoyed the lovely sun in Dusseldorf at the Fischmarkt and since we had to get home in time (and just absolutely were in a Mini-mood), we tried out the DriveNow App. And look at that: at only 400m distance a ride was waiting for us. Quickly reserve the car for 15min and follow the integrated navigation towards the vehicle.
When you arrive at the car, the procedure is quite easy: There's a scanner at the windshield that shows the availability of the vehicle (red light: booked, yellow light: reserved and -bingbing- green: this car is available). Now hold your DriveNow-ID infront of the scanner, wait for the green light to turn into a yellow hourglass and -click- the car unlocks. When you enter the car, you get a short welcome message that asks you for your personal PIN and then: DriveNow. :-)
From there onwards we cruised through Dusseldorf to get to our apartment. The MINI was very new, clean and even the 197cm tall F didn't have troubles to fit in the car. When we would've been with more than two, we do would've have to opt for a BMW because someone extra wouldn't have fit on the backseat. What was really good, was the build-in navigation that guided us through the city.
When you arrive at your destination, you just park the car at a free spot, end your booking in the menu and scan your DriveNow-ID one last time at the scanner at the windshield till the light turns green. Your Mini is locked and ready for its next driver.
Long story short: We're very positive about the DriveNow service. It does have a pricetag, but therefore you get a nice range of the MINI and BMW 1 vehicles to choose from. With more than 200 cars in Dusseldorf, the chance to get a ride is quite high and, let's face it, you don't have any responsabilities. Get in, drive, get out. Big recommendation! JafJaf!