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Zippity follow-up

Here's a quick follow-up on my Zipcar experience yesterday.

I reserved the car online. The one parked in my neighborhood had all sorts of available hours, so when my plans changed, I had no trouble changing my reservation. You can change your reservation right up to three hours before it's scheduled to start.

Zipcar will write your reservation to your Google Calendar. I hadn't yet actually USED my Google Calendar, so that was fun. And probably totally privacy-invading. But hey, convenience.

Zipcar will text you a reminder of your reservation start time, and again when you specify to remind you that you're due back. There's a $50 late return fee, so that extra reminder is nice.

I walked the three blocks or so to my reserved Zipcar, a Toyota Prius, at my appointed time, held my membership card up against the windshield to unlock it, got in and basically drove away. All their cars are hybrids and electrics.

I drove to my friend [personal profile] roseambr's house in the next state, had a nice visit, and drove home, parking the car at its little designated parking spot in front of the neighborhood Starbucks, relocking it with my magic card, and walking away without a care in the world.

The nominal cost for this little luxury was about $38.

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ruth_sims
May. 18th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to change my onscreen name to:
ignorant&outoftouch. What is a zip car? I gather it's a rental car of some kind. A little one?
emeraldsedai
May. 18th, 2010 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure that I crossposted the earlier entry that this is a followup to:

The brief background is here.
donutsweeper
May. 18th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
That sounds like it worked perfectly!

I'm curious, how does gas usage work?

Oh, and how is your car? Did you get the battery working again?
emeraldsedai
May. 18th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
The rental fee includes gas, and your membership card works as a gas card at most major gas stations. Since the cars are all electrics or hybrids, they get really good mileage, especially around town. I didn't actually have to stop for gas.

My own car is still dead, but my sis has AAA, and will get it jumped for me. We have to orchestrate a time for it, because there's a whole string of things that need to happen: I need to go fill the tank, then take the car on the freeway for a few miles, then get it to the detailer who can clean six months' worth of street-tree parking debris off of it--all so that I can get it to the mechanic for an oil change and a checkup.
lyrstzha
May. 20th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
That sounds really awesome. I wish we had something like that here, although I myself commute a great deal too much and too far to use such a service, I expect.
emeraldsedai
May. 20th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
It's definitely not priced or structured for anything like daily use. But for me--and there are an increasing number of people like me in places like Portland--it might be ideal.
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