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Trimming Down With the Low-Car Diet

These days more fantasies are about ridding the burden of owning a car than trading up for a luxury vehicle. Zipcar, which has cars available to rent for as low as $9 per hour or reserved for a minimum of $68 per day, ran a timely promotion that we all can interpret into our own car-dependent lives.

The promotion was so popular they cut off the application process early, but their Low-Car Diet program is intriguing for anyone wanting to test how they could get on without a car. The diet entails that you only drive a car when absolutely necessary, and while the promotion calls for reserving a Zipcar, the rest of us can easily think of our own ride as the car of necessity.

Participants in the promotion receive free public transportation passes. Choosing to embark on your own experiment by purchasing your own public transit tickets would give you a realistic idea of how much life would cost without a car. This idea only works in areas with developed transportation system, but for those of you who do it's worth considering a new low-car diet of your own this Summer.

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