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Have You Ever Used a Car Sharing Service?

ZipCar is the name most often affiliated with car sharing, but Enterprise is moving in to create some friendly competition. The company is expanding its WeCar car sharing service to capitalize on what The Wall Street Journal says is a growing industry. Enterprise is moving slowly with its venture, and will at first only supply cars in business-to-business arrangements with companies that will make the cars available to employees.


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LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I don't know how often I would use it, and I know I wouldn't be able to go completely car free. I might pay $69 a day to use the car if I needed to, but I would never sign up for it because of the $25 application fee and the $50 a year fee. Doesn't really sound like a great deal to me.
jcg1020 jcg1020 8 years
I was a member of zipcar and it was awful. Most of the time the kind of car you need or want is not availabe at the time you need. The last straw was when the car i signed up for had a flat tire in the parking spot. I called zipcar and they said there were no more cars in my area but they would happily provide me with a car as long as i would go to brooklyn (i live in NJ) I explained that by the time i got to brooklyn i would miss the event (memorial for my grandfather) so that was not an option. needless to say i had to miss the memorial because i had no way to get there last minute. thank you zipcar.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I love zipcar. I haven't owned a car in over 4 years. I can't deal with the stress of car maintenance & parking. Only once was I unable to get a car. There are several cars just around the corner from my apartment--which is probably about as close as I could ever get a parking place on the street. Plus the fact that I have to pay by the hour/day keeps me from any unnecessary driving.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
When I move back to NYC and sell my car I would definitely consider using one but in Portland I love having my car.
kellys kellys 8 years
my husband and i live in an "urban" environment that is still growing (downtown st. louis). i put urban in quotes because it's not quite urban enough to support a completely (or even mostly) car-free lifestyle. however, because he's able to walk to work and i stay at home with our daughter, we get by on one car most of the time. on the rare occasion that we need to be/drive to two places at once, we usually work it out. there are WeCars parked around the city (a couple closer than his office, even) and while we haven't needed one yet, they're on our list for emergency situations. i think if i lived in a more urban environment, didn't need a carseat, and didn't have an aversion to drive "strange" cars, i'd be all over it.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
My friend in SF uses ZipCar and she LOVES it. I don't think it's for me though.
rachekate rachekate 8 years
If you live in a major city car sharing is awesome! I live in DC and did a cost benefit analysis to decide if I should keep my car or sell and switch to Zip Car. The numbers were clear and I have been car free for about 2 and a half years now. I have never had a problem getting a ZipCar when needed and I have saved thousands of dollars at this point!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't think that car sharing is for me. i'm all about having a car at my disposal when i want it and i don't really like the idea of sharing a car. i don't even like to share mine with my fiance. i could imagine that if you don't have the means to have your own car, then this could be something good, but i don't know all the details on how this works.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
in theory, it's a good idea (it was invented by a guy at my university!) but in practice, i feel like it would be a pain in the ass, and totally inconvenient. i enjoy having my own car for all-access use when i need it.
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