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All About Car-Sharing Company – ZipCar

 

The ridesharing industry continues to grow with the influx of new players offering varying forms of car-share services. Zipcar is a car hailing service that is trying to carve a niche for itself in the rideshare industry. zipcar

 

What is Zipcar?

Zipcar is an American online car share company that allows customers reserve automobiles as needed either on an hourly or daily basis. Zipcar works like a car rental but without the long waits and bureaucracy. The company was founded in the year 2000 by Antje Danielson and Robin Chase. However, in March 14, 2013, Zipcar was acquired by Avis Budget Group for about US$ 500 million in cash. In 2016, Zipcar boasted 1 million members across 500 cities and 9 countries it operates in.

 

Signup Process

Customers can request and reserve cars either online or by downloading the Zipcar app. If you signup online, you will have to wait till you receive your Zipcard in the mail before you can drive. The process is simpler when you sign-up through the app. By keying in required details, you can get to driving in a matter of minutes

You can sign up as:

An Individual – Be sure to have your driver’s license and payment info on hand

Company/Organization – You can either create a new company account or join an existing company account

University – Search for your school and sign up as a student, staff member or introduce Zipcar to your school

 

How Zipcar Works

  • Sign up via the app or online
  • Find a zipcar and reserve it as needed (You can request from 1 hour – 7days)
  • When it’s time for your reservation, you can unlock the car with your Zipcard or the Zipcar app. The keys will be inside the car.
  • You can extend the reserve time either through the app or by text message
  • Drop off your Zipcar in the designated parking spot and lock the car with the app or Zipcard

 

Rates

The rates below applies to the city of Atlanta in the U.S. See the various driving plans available in the city of Atlanta:

 

  • Occasional Driving Plan

What does it cost to join?

  • You pay a one-time $25 application fee.
  • Your annual fee of $70.
  • No deposit
  • No monthly commitment

What does it cost to drive?

Depending on the car model, drive from $8.75/hour and $79/day (any 24-hour period) during the week and $9/hour and $89/day on Friday through Sunday. Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

If you change to an Extra Value Plan within your first three months, your annual fee will be applied to the first month’s commitment of the plan you choose.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply. There’s a $35 annual fee.

 

  • Monthly Driving Plan

What does it cost to join?

  • A membership fee of $7/month.
  • $25 application fee.
  • No deposit

What does it cost to drive?

  • Depending on the car model, drive from $8.75/hour and $79/day (any 24-hour period).
  • Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

You can change to an annual Occasional Value Plan or Extra Value Plan at any time.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply and a $3.50 monthly fee.

 

  • EVP (Extra Value Plan $50)

What does it cost to join?

  • You pay a one-time $25 application fee.
  • Pre-pay $50 (your monthly commitment) and get that much in driving. Once your stash is used up, you pay as you go.
  • Whatever you don’t use will not rollover to the next month with this plan.
  • No deposit

 

What does it cost to drive?

Depending on the car model, drive from $7.88/hour and $71.10/day (any 24-hour period) during the week and $8.10/hour and $80.10/day on Friday through Sunday. Gas, insurance and up to 180 FREE miles are included.

Can I change my plan?

You may change up to another Extra Value Plan at any time. You may change down to another plan one time within six months, but after that you may be assessed a $25 change fee.

What about housemates or family?

Once you join, you can add other drivers to your account. It’s $25 to apply. You share the monthly commitment.

This sums up what you need to know about Car sharing start-up- Zipcar.

 

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