I Heart Zipcar

by Valerie on August 20, 2009 · 7 comments

Husband and I are going to upstate New York this weekend for a wedding and, naturally, we are renting a Zipcar rather than a regular rental car. I heart Zipcar. Ever since we joined back in 2006, I have loved Zipcar and car-sharing.

First, it’s the concept – you book online, walk to the car, use your Zipcar card to unlock it, and drive away. You can rent a car for as little as an hour up to 4 days. So, it’s perfect for picking up a bulky item at the Container Store, an afternoon in suburbia, or a weekend away.

Second, you get to pick exactly which car you would like to rent, do not have to deal with lines at car rental places, and can return the car at anytime. That last one is particularly important because in both New York and Washington, DC, returning a rental car a 11pm on a Sunday night is impossible unless you go to an airport {which can result in an additional surcharge}. With Zipcar, you can return anytime before the end of your reservation.

And finally, Zipcar is very eco-friendly. Many of their cars are hybrids and the existence of Zipcar alone means that people who need wheels semi-occasionally can rely on Zipcar instead of buying a car. So yes, I heart Zipcar.

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1 Melita August 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm

i love the concept of zipcar. i think there is a company like zipcar that is coming to morgantown & that is awesome! while i'd love to get rid of my car completely, unfortunately it isn't possible quite yet. it mostly sits because i walk where i can, ride my bike or my beloved scooter :)


2 Lola August 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I saw Zipcars the first time this summer in California (I hadn't been for a while). What a GREAT idea! That's exactly what Italy needs right now is a Zipcar-concept car. Imagine the environmental impact on our embarrassing air pollution…

Thanks for this,


3 Ellecubed August 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I absolutely adore Zipcars as well. Two years ago, I sold my care and I have never looked back.

Have a lovely time in Upstate NY.


4 michele August 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Where are you headed in Upstate NY? I wonder if you'll be in my neck of the woods!


5 Karley August 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Have fun while you're here. I hope all goes well during your visit. It's cooler upstate right now than it was in DC over the weekend. ENJOY your trip and the Zipcar. It's a fabulous concept!


6 Carolyn August 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

How fun! I love this idea and can't wait to use it one day when i'm car-less. đŸ˜‰


7 Globetrotting Cacti August 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I have seen a similar scheme on TV in Europe but have not heard of the brand Zipcar before. I love the concept…


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