I thought I would post about another kind of adventure today. Since moving to Sydney, I have been taking public transportation, with the exception of a few taxis. Although at first I was overwhelmed, I have found it not as difficult as I complained the first couple of weeks. So, for now, we have decided to try to do without a car.
Sometimes, you really need a car, though, like when you're visiting your dog in quarantine, or buying a worm farm from the local home improvement store. So I decided to join GoGet, a car-sharing scheme. There is a $25 application fee, a $500 deposit (refundable if you decide not to renew your contract) and a $70 insurance fee. Then you can pay $9 per month, and rent the car for $8.50/hr, or pay $25 per month and rent the car for $5.50/hr. I chose the first option, since I am not sure how much we'll be using it, and it's a lot easier to upgrade than downgrade. The cost included fuel, which is nice.
Today I decided to go on a worm-farm buying trip as a way of trying out GoGet before I pick Ethan up on the 22nd. I was disappointed when I got to the spot and the car was not there, but it gave me a chance to see how GoGet works. I called the toll free number, waited a minute, and talked to a very pleasant lady. She said she would call the previous user and call me back. Within 10 minutes, she returned my call. The spot had been full, so the previous user had parked elsewhere. Since they did not notify GoGet (a condition of the contract), they were fined, and I will receive a $25 "inconvenience" refund. Too bad for the previous user, but the contract does specify that you're supposed to call GoGet right away if you have a problem.
The car was a Yaris, and worked just fine. I had to refill it, and unfortunately the fuel card was missing, so I will be reimbursed later. Overall, it was a good experience, especially the customer service (which I find is not stellar in Australia). I hope I continue to be happy with the service.