Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    10:35 AM

GasBuddy News Article

38
votes
Zipcars offer a match for consumers who need a car... but not all the time!

GasBuddy Blog --
One day you might be one of those folks who have a need for a car, on occasion, but, want to avoid the cost and hassle of car ownership, maintenance and insurance, etc. Maybe you're on a fixed income and budget tightening means you're looking to reduce your expenses.

Or, you might be a student who needs to get around, but doesn't want any obligations other than the one house plant you watered in your dorm. (And even that is suffering.)

Maybe you're living in a city like San Francisco, New York or Boston where the cost of car ownership and parking is beyond ridiculous.

If you know people like this, then they should probably check out Zipcar. It just might be a practical option whose time has arrived...


Read the Full Article

Submitted Jun 22, 2012 By: PD
Category: GasBuddy Official Blog > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Zipcars offer a match for consumers who need a car... but not all the time! Back to Topics
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
greshams
Champion Author Cincinnati

Posts:5,294
Points:1,153,080
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:28:13 AM

sounds like a good idea
NedW
Champion Author Indianapolis

Posts:8,113
Points:1,728,020
Joined:Mar 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:26:11 AM

Community organizing?
swede
Champion Author Cleveland

Posts:5,920
Points:2,404,450
Joined:Feb 2003
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:24:50 AM

I will never live in those cities again.
StrangeLuv
Champion Author Kansas City

Posts:6,573
Points:1,609,710
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:24:20 AM

No thanks.
FocusST2
Champion Author North Carolina

Posts:10,883
Points:2,129,320
Joined:Jul 2009
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:22:51 AM

I'll stick to my own car.
Michaels2011
Champion Author Florida

Posts:2,141
Points:106,005
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:16:45 AM

I won't use one.
Petrock
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:12,384
Points:3,336,335
Joined:Apr 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:15:43 AM

This would be a good idea if you lived in the area where these cars were available AND you didn't already have a car.
SteveMartin
Champion Author New Orleans

Posts:7,452
Points:1,607,370
Joined:May 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:12:12 AM

No Thanks
ILVET
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:18,268
Points:3,701,220
Joined:Jan 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:11:05 AM

Not for me
wilbur_gas
Champion Author Los Angeles

Posts:3,032
Points:1,281,605
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:09:17 AM

On Zipcar days you still have to deal with parking.
chillyman3
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:1,594
Points:1,060,855
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:08:11 AM

not in suburbs
FMREALTOR
Champion Author Florida

Posts:9,594
Points:2,467,530
Joined:Jan 2007
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 5:04:02 AM

Check out WECAR, same concept but a whole lot cheaper. Zip car is expensive.
millerin
Champion Author Orlando

Posts:5,032
Points:1,194,600
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:57:59 AM

hmm...
harleydoctor
Champion Author Kansas

Posts:10,606
Points:2,707,035
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:57:14 AM

Maybe, we'me managed with a partime president for the last 3 1/2 yrs..........
golftellowcat
Champion Author Ottawa

Posts:5,697
Points:1,459,780
Joined:Apr 2010
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:54:07 AM

ok
fratt
Champion Author Grand Rapids

Posts:13,031
Points:3,420,585
Joined:Jul 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:52:13 AM

I need a full time car.
Tommy4Wheel
Champion Author Wilmington

Posts:37,273
Points:3,876,620
Joined:Apr 2004
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:47:56 AM

Obama's Fault!
hogfan24
Champion Author Arkansas

Posts:5,269
Points:1,276,375
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:45:52 AM

Ok
neptune2008
Champion Author Michigan

Posts:10,768
Points:2,342,090
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:44:34 AM

hmmmm I think I like the choice idea
photobuddy
Champion Author Washington

Posts:1,631
Points:373,425
Joined:Feb 2012
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:40:55 AM

Sounds like a great idea to me, but I still like to have my own car.
bargainfinderGA
Sophomore Author Atlanta

Posts:232
Points:84,440
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:33:58 AM

love the concept
LogansGasPrices
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:1,990
Points:1,694,010
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:30:41 AM

Ok
Dabozz53
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:4,836
Points:608,825
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:30:12 AM

How does this apply to gas prices?
WR-INC
Champion Author Twin Cities

Posts:43,968
Points:4,397,095
Joined:Dec 2002
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:19:19 AM

Not for most people.
Z06KY
Champion Author Louisville

Posts:8,414
Points:1,678,000
Joined:Nov 2010
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:18:54 AM

ok
lgwhitlock
Champion Author Chico

Posts:9,454
Points:2,426,400
Joined:Jun 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:07:21 AM

Sounds kind of like time shares in a condo. Only with the cars I have to wonder how they can keep them clean and running well? It seems they have less control over the cars. That then makes you depend on the people who buy the Zip cars plans...
gudrench
Champion Author Houston

Posts:2,623
Points:530,565
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 4:01:41 AM

Aren't these like rental cars?
wkb03
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:3,272
Points:1,000,000
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:47:12 AM

ok
gch42
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:15,325
Points:2,853,140
Joined:Feb 2006
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:42:10 AM

Wonderful idea
SnickersDog
Champion Author Denver

Posts:6,507
Points:1,453,275
Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:42:00 AM

I need a car full time.
JamesCalvin
Champion Author Lancaster

Posts:6,511
Points:1,292,410
Joined:Nov 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:41:57 AM

WOW!
Boo1989
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:8,278
Points:1,573,545
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:35:31 AM

"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." steven chu, obama's energy secretary.
BigDogOH
Champion Author Cincinnati

Posts:11,785
Points:2,585,435
Joined:Mar 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:29:03 AM

sorry. I need a full time car.
furiousfowl
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:19,725
Points:3,470,995
Joined:May 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:08:40 AM

It’s like sleeping in someone else’s bed. It’s not for me.
vulcan96
Champion Author Ohio

Posts:27,181
Points:3,133,135
Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:02:49 AM

sounds like a money making deal...and makes sense in some city's
chevellefan
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:4,708
Points:1,086,065
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 3:00:16 AM

k
chevellefan
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:4,708
Points:1,086,065
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:59:45 AM

k
abacus44
Champion Author Toms River

Posts:6,530
Points:1,513,430
Joined:Jan 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:59:44 AM

OK
chuckwthompson
Champion Author Charlotte

Posts:7,025
Points:1,355,635
Joined:Sep 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:53:37 AM

Great if you can afford it.
1fulltank
Champion Author Buffalo

Posts:10,927
Points:2,285,680
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:50:26 AM

How about a bus, cab, mass transit, bicycle, etc.?
tomok
Champion Author Portland

Posts:46,240
Points:3,124,085
Joined:Aug 2006
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:46:46 AM

Zipcars work for higher population areas but not so in other areas. There are many opportunities for mass transit, light rail or using a bicycle to get where I need to go.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe and reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!12/22/2012!
heocon
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:12,896
Points:2,457,580
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:46:29 AM

good for once in a while
Foxt
Champion Author Minnesota

Posts:8,447
Points:2,790,560
Joined:Jul 2006
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:44:26 AM

Pretty expensive if you ask me. Rent a car or just take a cab.
2bigtanks
All-Star Author Akron

Posts:772
Points:371,610
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:42:32 AM

Good for those that can use it.
Steady325
Champion Author Orange County

Posts:5,863
Points:2,236,760
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:35:31 AM

ok
LVNV6ofSpades
Champion Author Las Vegas

Posts:1,624
Points:368,360
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:31:48 AM

ok
runner74
Champion Author Washington

Posts:6,005
Points:1,347,815
Joined:Jun 2011
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:31:13 AM

k
powski
All-Star Author New Hampshire

Posts:638
Points:144,275
Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:28:46 AM

it is their problem too bad !
HA4CNN
Champion Author Toronto

Posts:8,637
Points:2,275,190
Joined:Dec 2006
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:28:41 AM

Could work for some people.
sehonda
Champion Author Honolulu

Posts:3,272
Points:1,235,590
Joined:May 2009
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:23:54 AM

bus passes are better
Pozole
Champion Author Portland

Posts:18,798
Points:2,373,095
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:21:14 AM

...none for me, I need MY wheels 24/7...

[Edited by: Pozole at 6/23/2012 3:22:25 AM EST]
jl1rp
Champion Author New Hampshire

Posts:5,286
Points:1,126,980
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Jun 23, 2012 2:15:42 AM

A friend uses them andlikes it.
Post a reply Back to Topics