This month The Square welcomed GoCar to the centre. Located just outside on Level 1, the rental cars are fast becoming a firm favourite all over the world and especially here in Ireland.
GoCar started in 2008 down in Cork as a community project funded by the council, shortly after that investors saw there was an opportunity for this idea to grow and they decided to take it over.
Within the same year the company moved up to Dublin and then in 2012 it was bought by the people who own Europcar. This is now the future of car rental throughout the world.
So how does it work? Basically it’s car rental but by the hour. It’s a membership scheme so you first need to sign up online. Members do need to be 21 years or older and have a full licence. Once signed up online just send on a copy of your licence and your GoCard will be posted out to you!
Your GoCard is what gives you access to cars and vans all across Dublin and Cork. Then you just book a GoCar or GoVan whenever you need it. Yes it really is as simple as that. There is a little grey box located at the front of the windscreen you simply wave your card over that box and the car will open, you will then find the keys in the glove box.
When you are finished you simply drop the car back to where you picked it up from, you pay per hour and per kilometre. Cars can be rented from €2.49/hour but you will find all prices depending on car site online at www.gocar.ie.
Leanne Hickey, Head of Member Services for GoCar said:
“GoCar are delighted to have expanded into South Dublin with the introduction of our new GoBases in The Square. The Square will mark our first affiliation with a shopping centre in Dublin and it just shows how innovative the centre are and how much they value their customers and the services they have on offer. We cannot wait for the local community to make use of the GoCar service and change the way they think about car ownership.”
There is a once-off membership fee of €49.99 plus a monthly fee of €5, which covers all start up costs and of course your new card, but GoCar have a special introductory price for those of you in Tallaght with signing up price of just €10.00 when you enter in the promotion code “61Tallaght” online.