When was the last time you bought a DVD? Chances are it was a while ago given that streaming platforms provide (almost) everything you need with just a click. In much the same way, the attitude to car ownership has changed, especially for expats who are new to a country.
Swiss startup Carvolution spotted a gap in the market and has been a hit with customers since launching in March 2018. Carvolution takes care of everything such as registration, taxes, insurance, etc. All customers have to do is pay for refuelling once they sign up for a monthly subscription.
“We created a simple and convenient way of getting a new car,” Léa Miggiano, co-founder and head of marketing at Carvolution, tells The Local.
Photo: Léa Miggiano
“Expats, who come to Switzerland, are not familiar with the system and all the processes and there can be a lot of bureaucracy. Getting a car on the road can be a complicated process so we are making things easier with our approach,” she says.
Making things easy
That approach is a digital all-in-one solution for your car. For a fixed monthly fee, customers can get access to a vehicle. Carvolution offers a wide range of brands from manufacturers such as Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen. Similar to your streaming experience, your choice is not a permanent one. You don't like your car? Get another one. With the app, you easily switch every six months without any extra fees and for example replace a Suzuki Swift with a Mini Cooper.
With monthly prices starting from 399 CHF, Carvolution provides brand new or current model cars in mint condition. As well as taking care of registration, taxes and insurance, the subscription also covers home delivery, tyre change, services and maintenance. They will even meet you at the airport, with your new car in tow, when you move to Switzerland!
“We try to have the service to be as close to having your own car but also with flexibility. For example, you can switch cars after six months. Many of our customers want to have an SUV in winter, and you can return the car at any time with 30 days' notice,” says Miggiano.
For many expats, the prospect of moving to a new country can be daunting. You might not be sure how long you will remain in your newly adopted country, and you have to factor in how your family will adapt.
With Carvolution there is no need to sign up for life. After a minimum period of three months, you can cancel your subscription at any time. Of course, you can choose to keep your car for as long as you want and for those who ‘fall in love' with their car, there is even the opportunity to buy the vehicle.
And for parents, the stress and strain of installing car seats for your children can be taken care of by Carvolution.
“We can buy and install the car seats for your children and you just pay the fee for the car seats. It depends on what the customer wants,” adds Miggiano.
With a monthly subscription, no time commitment and a range of choice, it is no wonder that Carvolution has been compared to a streaming service.
“We are a bit like the Netflix or Spotify for cars. People don't buy DVDs or CDs anymore and we are moving away from traditional car ownership. This is a simple and convenient service for everyone and especially expats,” concludes Miggiano.
Why Carvolution is right for expats
No bureaucracy or complicated insurance forms. You only pay for the fuel with your monthly subscription - Carvolution takes care of the rest
No long-term commitment or down payment. You can return your car with 30 days' notice
Switch cars with ease with a great range of vehicles to choose from
The subscription for a small car starts at 399 CHF a month - real value for money
Customer service - Carvolution will meet you at the airport with your new car or deliver it to your home
Carvolution offers all expats who subscribe to a car a CHF 390.- discount. Simply use the referral code theplus_30 on the Carvolution website.
This article was produced by The Local Creative Studio and sponsored by Carvolution.