Wheels When You Want Them
Zipcar is a membership-based car sharing company. It is an alternative to your traditional car rental. It is found in most major cities across the U.S. and on many college campuses. Since we wrote about Zipcar the first time in 2012, it has grown to 950,000 members and more than 12,000 vehicles across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, France, Germany and Turkey.
Zipcar operates in over 30 major metro markets, at over 500 college campuses, and on over 50 airports.
This makes Zipcar the world’s leading car sharing network.
Some of United State’s most notable colleges and universities are using Zipcar. The University programs provide students with access to transportation without having to own a car. Low hourly and daily rates include the cost of fuel and insurance. You can rent a car for as little as one hour.
Membership fees are about $7/month or $70/year. Driving rates are about $8-10/hour.
When you drive on a weekday hourly rates start at $8.25 with the occasional driving plan and daily rates under $70. A little more on weekends. Gas, insurance and 180 free miles are included. If you are a college student, you can rent a Zipcar without paying a surcharge for being under age 25.
Check the rates in your city here: check rates.
How it works:
You complete the online application, which takes just a few minutes. If approved, you will get your Zipcard in a few days. With your Zipcard, you can book a vehicle.
You book online, over the phone, or with your app. You choose the car you want, there are MINIs, BMWs, hybrids, even pickups. Choose the time slot you want at the location you want. Reserve minutes or months in advance.
The Zipcar mobile app for iPhone and Android makes finding and reserving Zipcars easy and quick. You can even honk the horn to locate your car and unlock the doors through your mobile device.
Your Zipcard will only open the car you’ve reserved during the time you’ve reserved it (which means no one else can open your car during that time, either). All you do is walk to the car and hold your card to the windshield. Now it is unlocked.
When you’re finished driving, just bring your car back and park it in the same reserved parking spot.
Read what others say: Road Tripping Through North America With Zipcar
First published on: Oct 20, 2012.