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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.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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