How to Use Carmel, St. Louis' First Smartphone-Based Car Service

Let's say you don't want to enter your home or work address every time you book a trip. Here's how to upload those locations to your favorites:

Unlike many other ride-share apps, Carmel lets customers book a car in advance. If you need the car now, the app will tell you how many cars are available and how far away they are.

Once you schedule your trip, choose your car. Want a luxury sedan? A mini-van? It's up to you.

You can upload your credit card details long before your book your first trip, which means no searching in your wallet for cash or a tip. You can select an option to automatically pay and tip your driver 20 percent after each tip, or you can adjust the amount and tip yourself.

If your car is booked for an immediate trip, the app will tell you how far away the car is.

Here's how to get airline miles every time you book a trip using Carmel:

You can also use the app to post your future trips into your calendar.

Carmel also offers an emergency contact option for parents and employers.

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