People in major cities with horrible parking situations and good public transportation can have a car available without owning or traditional rentals. The idea has been popular in European cities for some time, now it’s caught in on Washington DC and two other US cities.
From the Washington Post:
So he ditched the clunker and put his trust in Zipcar, one of two car-sharing companies in the Washington region that offer a range of vehicles for rent in increments as short as a half-hour.
Unlike traditional car rental outfits, car-sharing companies station small numbers of vehicles in neighborhoods across the region that users reserve online or by phone. They use electronic cards to get into cars and must return them to the reserved spots where they picked them up. Both companies in the Washington area, Zipcar and Flexcar, include gas, insurance and maintenance in their rates.
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