Seen Flexicar on the train lately?

February 17, 2012 by

Flexicar have been trying out a few new things…including some in-train advertising. We’ve got some panels in THREE metro trains, which will be up Jan-Mar. We played on the names of our Flexicars and their various car model characteristics. One of the core values we hold dear is to be “Fun & Friendly” which we think these ads captured too.

Flexicar Train Advertisement 2012Flexicar train advert 2

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We’re a little slow on blogging – did you know we’re on Facebook & Twitter?

February 13, 2012 by

Ok, true confessions time. We’ve been rather lack-lustre in our blogging lately, as you may have noticed. Too few people with too much going on.

We have managed to be much more active on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. Something about 140 character limit being far less daunting than a full blog post!

So if you want to be the MOST up to date on Flexicar news, specials and general goss, we recommend you LIKE us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Flexicar of FOLLOW us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/flexicar .

Flexicar is hiring!

February 9, 2012 by

Know anyone car sharing fans, or just savvy people who want to be a part of a company they can be proud of?

Flexicar is hiring during February 2012.

We’re recruiting for two roles.

1. Part time – Member Relations Officer

Listing here on Seek>

2. Full time – Marketing & Development Manager

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Spread the word….

Flex-ers love to travel!

December 2, 2011 by

Congrats to the winners of the gorgeous People & Planet diary 2012.

Following are the various competition entries – places they’ve traveled and what they loved about it when they were there.

Thanks for taking the time to enter -hope you enjoy the gorgeous diaries!

Jessie
Prague
Prague is like a gothic ice-cream cake! Ornately decorated with a dark sense of humour. Beer & goulash wonderful on a cold day 🙂

Johanna
Italy
What’s great about it? Everything! Architecture, gardens, food, style, the sound of the language.

Amanda
An unnamed national park in the wilds of north-east Thailand
Completely untouched, non-touristy, pristine and lushious. It’s where local Thai families go for a break from life: http://bit.ly/uPI3XW

Kate
Iran
iran’s hospitality stole my heart… imagine the hospitality of turkey on steroids! not to mention the breathtaking islamic architecture, persian antiquities and to-die-for sweets.

Sharon
underwater world off Tahiti atolls
abundant sealife including reef sharks; sun shining through water penetrating 20m and beyond; beautiful blue colour of the ocean, never to be seen anywhere else!

kathryn
Mexico
Life is lived outside. People cook, eat, socialise, gather, party, fight and make up on the street, nothing is hidden, everything is shared.

Tess
To see and support the Dalai Lama
The peace and the love and the serenity I found during the Dalai Lama’s visit cannot be compared to anything else on earth…

Wendy
Alice Springs by train for the Beanie Festival
I’m in love with the red dirt, the green bush, the people and the great energy surrounding the Beanie Festival, a wonderul community initiative.

Natalie
Broome
Broome the soul of Australia. I could count my toes while standing in the clear ocean, looking onto white sand, red dirt feeling very grateful.

Mark
Barcelona
the food…find a real tapas bar with the locals

Christine
Palm Island, Australia
Being welcomed into the community as a Seconds to Give Australia volunteer working to create opportunities for Palm’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

Johanna
Italy!
The food, the men, the language, the beauty of the cities and the countryside. Well, everything!

Brad
Vanuatu – Tanna Island
The remoteness and beautiful landscape, simplicity of the locals lifestyle and their happiness and great smiles despite living in poverty.

Ashlee
Chuncheon Dokkebi (Goblin) Festival
This festival has such an amazing and electric atmosphere with surprises at every turn. The people of South Korea are also very generous and hospitable.

Renae
Giverny in France
As I walked along the Seine from Vernon to Monet’s Garden in Giverny I saw my favourite Monet works brought to life. Truly moving.

Michelle
Venice
Venice stole my heart the minute I sat down to dinner. The peaceful lapping of the water mixed with  linguini and chianti – magical.

Enzo
Italy
The beaches in southern Italy along with my extended family.  They adore having me around whilst we swim in the turquoise water.

Flexicar member book recommendations

September 1, 2011 by

Flexicar car sharing is again happy to be supporting the Melbourne Writers Festival.

We ran a competition to give away some tickets and asked members to nominate their most loved book and give us a brief book review.

Flexicar members – Best Book Ever
Address Unknown – Kathrine Kressman Taylor
A short novel about friendship, betrayal and …revenge. All this in the background of rising nazism in Germany. A little jewel.

Crime & Punishment
Dialogue between 2 characters-such politeness. Dog ears gently marked by readers before me, what made them stop on Page 68 sleepy, a phone call, a tram reaching its stop?

Undaunted Courage: Merriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West

Undaunted Courage tells the tale of the first exploration of the American West.  It is so wonderfully written that it makes you wonder, is this really a history book?

The Road by Cormack McCarthy
McCarthy relentlessly describes his bleak, post-apocolyptic landscape with such exquisitely diverse language it’s extraordinary. I’ve never read a book like it: a single image repeatedly described and each time breathtaking.

Dirt Music
Tim Winton’s descriptions of the WA coastline and its people are so evocative of their true essence that it makes West Australians like myself want to go home.

Underground
gave me insight into the world of computer hackers; a sphere I have little understanding.

Falling for Grace
a local victorian teen fiction with realistic voices from youths. it enthrals you to the end working out the suspect and if Grace survives.

Cat’s Cradle
By Kurt Vonnegut Jr, it is an absurdist look at modern life in the vein of the satirist Mark Twain.  A must read for any thinking person.

The Red Tent
A group of women, set in Biblical times, and their day-to-day lives. Seemingly little in common with my life, but I was totally entralled. Reading it for the third time.

The Cather in the Rye
When I grew up, I thought I was Holden Caufield! I loved his use of “phoney”….

To Kill A Mockingbird
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I take it off the shelf to read, it stays wonderful. It’s like an old friend. Harper Lee’s a genius.

Frankly Feminine
What’s not to love about a 1960’s guide to homemaking and making your husband happy.

A scanner darkly
One of the most empathic stories of human vulnerability set in our modern world (or almost) ever told.  Philip K Dick truly was the most amazing author on any planet.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
It is an epic tale of personal growth, exotic culture, intrigue, crime, love and passion set in India and also crossing Pakistan and Afghanistan prior to the current war.

Every Sweet THing
It was fabulous to read a book about growing up in the Territory, as I did myself. The writer has a great sense of humour,  together with risks.

Fight Club
The main character is a perfect narrator.
The Outsider by Colin Wilson
It is a book written by a 25 year old about the problem of madness and suicide for four great artists. It contextualizes and celebrates the artistic spirit.

Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Amazing book, an intriguing story about the place i grew up and now a mini-series on foxtel. Great.

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick
“… combat command is the loneliest job in the world.” This book enlightened me about the Recon Marines, and how their job do not determine their persons. Outstanding memoir.

My Brother Jack
A great portrayal of Australian life in the suburbs, and growing up between WW1 and WW2. Great characters with identifiable traits and overall a heart-wrenching story

Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

August 12, 2011 by

We’ve been a little tardy posting to the Flexi-Blog. It has been a loooooooong and busy time for the Flexicar team since we’ve moved into our new Hertz home last December. Lots of work to get here, then lots more work when we got here to learn how things work, then even  more work training some new customer service peeps here and in Dublin, then extra work at the moment as our wee team of six is down to four whilst two team members are overseas.

So….are we there yet, you may well join us in asking?

Getting there 🙂

The Aussie customer service team are doing a great job at helping out members during the day – so a big shout out to Louise, Teresa, David and Johnny who are taking Flexicar calls in between their Hertz calls. They report that you Flexicar lot are rather lovely!

The international team is proving a bit trickier alas. Not that many calls come in overnight and there’s a bit less consistency in who is answering the phone, so the level of knowledge (and thus related support) isn’t always up to our best standard. Please know that we’re aware and are working on it.

The indispensable Greg is due back from his well-earned month off in a couple of weeks, and we hope to have smoother waters on his return. Monique is off on her Churchill Fellowship and has been meeting up with fabulous car sharing and sustainable transport people all around the globe, so we look forward to sharing some of her experiences when she’s back in September.

We’ve also just added a new helper to the Ops team (Hello to Mitch), which means our tech guru Shane (who had been helping out full time in Ops for a few months) will have some more time to work on some of our technical issues.

In between all this, we’re still welcoming lots of new members every month and we’ve added around 15 new parks in the past 6-7 months…so it really is all systems go, despite the changes behind the scenes. We’re still supporting lots of local events, including the just closed State of Design festival and the upcoming Melbourne Writers Festival and Fringe Festivals.

So, we’re not quite there yet. But we’re getting closer every day!

Meet the Flexicar Dubliners

April 8, 2011 by

After five long years of sleepless on-call nights for the Flexicar Team, we have moved our after hours phone support to Connect by Hertz‘ call centre in Dublin (say ‘Dooblin’, in Irish).

If you’re of the nocturnal type, book in the middle of the night (and why shouldn’t you?! There’s a flat rate of 1 hour between 11pm and 7am) and need a hand, give us a call and you’ll be transferred to our new Dubs. They’ll be delighted to chat all things Flexicar – in English, German, French, Italian or Spanish.

Like to meet them?

Five minutes with…

Ivan

My most treasured possession is my ticket to the beautiful Cook Islands!

My guiltiest pleasure is food, specially Spanish and Japanese food.

My home town is Barcelona, Spain

My last meal would be Spanish omelet with artichokes, I love them!!

My worst job was… none. I’ve been very lucky.

I try to cut my environmental impact by walking to work.

My favorite Flexicar is Pacific.

Edwin

My most treasured possession is life!

My guiltiest pleasure is sex!

My home town is Planet Earth.

My last meal would be Sirloin Steak (medium) with a glass of great Cabernet Sauvignon!

My worst job was… Flexicar after hour phone support (LOL!)

I try to cut my environmental impact by walking.

My favorite Flexicar is Elvis.

Graham

My most treasured possession is My Phone

My guiltiest pleasure is WWE

My home town is Balbriggan Co Dublin Ireland

My last meal would be…. Steak with Pepper sauce.

My worst job was at the local Supermarket

I try to cut my environmental impact by… Using public transport as much as possible

My favorite Flexicar is… BAM BAM (just like the name)

Rosario

My most treasured possession is…. Time, to be spent with my family and friends

My guiltiest pleasure is… Handbags

My home town is… A Coruña (Spain)

My last meal would be…. Any fish stew

My worst job was…. Lets forget about it, haha!

I try to cut my environmental impact by… Using public transport

My favorite Flexicar is… Lulu

And let’s not forget the others: Aurelia, Carmel, Cristina, Estrella and Morgane.

Slainte!

Greg, Dooblin Convert

Flexicar launches in Stonnington

April 1, 2011 by

After a loooooooooooong wait, Flexicar (and our members) are excited that the City of Stonnington has approved a car sharing trial in the city. We have been allocated four parks in Council carparks at Cato Street & Prince Close in Prahran, Windsor Station at Windsor and Darling St, South Yarra.

We kicked off the trial with the official opening of “Elmo”, suitably welcomed by the Mayor and Flexicar General Manager, Monique Conheady. We gave away over 150 free coffees during the morning too, to those who dropped by to say hi! Although, we must say, when you say free coffee, people still think there’s a catch!

Festival-o-rama

February 18, 2011 by

The great part of summer is the plethora of festivals! The Flexicar team were on the ground at Midsumma in Jan and the Yarraville Festival last weekend. Today we’re off to the Sustainable Living Festival, where we’ll be for 3 days. Then next week it’s the Moonee Valley Festival. And the week after that we’ll be at the Sydney Road Street Party. Phew! After all that, we may need to go into hibernation!

Pop down and see us this weekend…or the next…or the next! Existing members get a free hour for saying hi (we’re not above buying friendship!) and we’ve got a super, dooper deal for new members.

Farewell to a Flexicar founding member

October 27, 2010 by

Everyone knows Biggles, our faithful red Smart ForTwo. Well, it is with great sadness that we announce his departure, after five years of good and loyal services.

Don’t be fooled by the size, we could easily write a couple of books on Biggles’ adventures…

Biggles joined the Flexicar tribe in 2005 when Flexicar was still Flo. Him and his twin sister Fruity were pretty much the fleet then, and Biggles quickly imposed himself as the favourite and a must-book Flexicar. He finally claimed the Carlisle street pod in St Kilda as his, and lived there for a couple of years.

For the anecdote, there was the time where Biggles delivered… a newborn to the Hospital. There’s also that Flexicar member who was always calling him “Mr Big”. Aah we’ll miss you Biggles.

But dry your eyes, it’s not the end of the road yet for Biggles. He is destined to an even brighter future as part of a unique project to become… the first electric Smart Car in Australia!

So Keep your eyes peeled for Biggles, you’ll surely see him again on the streets.

If you have any Biggles-related adventures we want to hear them! Post them as a comment below, we’ll notify Biggles.

Greg, ForTwo Nostalgic

The Team with Biggles, just before he left

Biggles in Carlton