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nraacct
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:53:18 PM

The ability to access a car quickly and give it back after a few hours is exploding in popularity among both college students and city dwellers.

Zipcar created the car-sharing concept in 2000. By the end of the decade car-sharing had caught the attention of the two largest U.S. car rental companies as Enterprise and Hertz started competing services. And this week, Avis, the nation's No. 3 car rental company, jumped into by offering nearly $500 million to buy Zipcar.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:50:33 PM

On the con side: Great way to catch contagions if your predecessors are pigs!
sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 2:16:15 PM

Ok.
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 9:47:29 AM

too many cons for me, but my sister in D.C. uses it and works well for her.
carloco75
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:52:46 PM

this would not work for me since I'm not a student or a business people...



[Edited by: carloco75 at 1/6/2013 10:55:54 PM EST]
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 5:42:37 PM

Think I'll pass.
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:22:24 AM

Sounds like a good idea for some, but as for me I would rather have an old clunker of my own.
genoist
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:25:58 AM

I couldn't use it as my only car, but if I wanted to make a day trip and not use my own car it would be great.
Samo1961
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:37:07 AM

I don't like it, it's like you have no privacy in your own car.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:17:08 AM

the masses will not accept sharing, at least not for now
pricewar
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 3:13:09 AM

In the real commuting world, this does not really work to the commuters advantage.
Great for the rental companies. There are better ways by far.
TurkishMan
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:47:03 AM

Accept it we are selfish
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:14:45 AM

Not a good idea for private individuals. Fine for companies in the car rental biz.
kkimes
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:58:45 AM

There aren't a lot of pros. For a list of cons, talk to your insurance provider. Chances are pretty good that your car won't be covered if another person is driving your car and gets into an accident. In many cases that person will have to have insurance on a car they own to be covered when they drive someone elses car.
oilfreak
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:16:42 AM

I would only share my car with another family member of mine.
must87searcher
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:10:33 AM

The idea sounds good, but there is still some question too it.
lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:44:46 PM

Has its place, I guess.
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:17:31 PM

definitely works better in an urban environment
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:10:40 PM

good for city people in need of a car only a little.
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:03:48 PM

Good in theory, but the practical functionality is low.
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:55:28 PM


Mine comes with a driver, Me.
esq262
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:26:42 PM

Good for a college town.
sillywagon
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 10:15:08 PM

Car sharing is like Hybrids in that it works really well for part of our population. But most people don't fit really well into saving money with car sharing nor Hybrids.

For some people... owning one car makes sense. Car sharing would be the occasional second car. Something to consider.

I wonder if car sharing would be cheaper than a taxi?
andy1024
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:42:57 PM

Take the car sharing to an extreme, that would be the bus.
amoshins
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:25:14 PM

not for me
Rappcommuter
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:20:03 PM

As it stated in the article, car sharing has a really good niche market. In colleges and cities where people only need to use cars on occasion and not for long distances.
boatcatawba
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:21:48 PM

Zipcar is a great idea!
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:58:32 PM

I would never share a car, not a good idea.
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:45:46 PM

only share my car with my wife.
jbob357
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:43:03 PM

share wife not car
TripleHs
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:08:31 PM

probably more meaningful to people who have no cars
schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:49:06 PM

Perfect for the folks without a car.
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:38:46 PM

Not for me.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:20:09 PM

Good for some.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:41:43 PM

Its an interesting concept for those that would use this service.
Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:31:35 PM

OK here, too.
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:18:09 PM

Ok
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:51:39 PM

cajackers love the idea also
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:51:28 PM

My nephew lives in downtown San Francisco and finds car sharing to be a life saver. He doesn't have to bear the annual car ownership costs and has the use of a vehicle when he needs one.
MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:31:51 PM

A great idea that really benefits people that live in a city that has good mass transit and limited parking. My sister-in-law uses the program whenever she comes to the suburbs for a family event.
schvanda63
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:13:38 PM

"The ability to access a car quickly and give it back after a few hours..."

Used to be called joy-riding or now Grand Theft Auto.
TC5504
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:57:05 PM

Sounds like a good idea for big cities.
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