Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network with more than 730,000 members and 11,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.
Members are able to view vehicle availability and reserve a self-service car via the internet, iPhone and Android applications, or telephone, in increments as short as thirty minutes and pay only for time they reserve. Zipcar vehicles report their positions to a control center using in-car technology. In the U.S., each reservation entitles the members up to 180 miles (290 km) for each 24-hour period, while Canadian members receive up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) with each reservation for the first 24 hours, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) per each additional hour beyond the initial 24. Individual members can sign up for one of two different plans, the “Occasional Driving Plan” and the “Extra Value Plan”.
Members are given an access card containing a wireless chip that will open the vehicle they have reserved only at the time they have reserved it. The reservation includes driver’s insurance, a gas card for the car, reimbursements for fuel obtained at gas stations that do not accept the included gas card, and up to $15 in reimbursements for typical car maintenance items like car washes and window wiper fluid refills. A member can reserve and use a Zipcar in any Zipcar city.
– Wikipedia (Zipcar Membership Section)
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