Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service, has partnered with the City of Davis to bring car-sharing to the community. Zipcar members now have access to cars in Davis that can be reserved by the hour or by the day. Car sharing is a convenient, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car. The cars are self-service, available 24 hours a day, and can be reserved online or on a cell phone. Members only pay when they use the service and Zipcar can provide significant financial savings when compared to ownership. Frost & Sullivan reports that, on average in North America, each car shared replaces 15 cars on the road.
Zipcars live in town and on the UC Davis campus
All cars are self-service
Rates start at $7.50 an hour and $69 a day
Community members need to be 21+ to join; students associated with UC Davis only need to be 18+ to join
Gas, insurance and 180 miles/day are included in every reservation
To be eligible for membership, you must have had a driver’s license for at least one year. Membership for community members is $50/year, plus a one-time $25 fee and for UC Davis students, faculty and staff it costs $35/year. Community members can join today at zipcar.com/cityofdavis. Anyone associated with UC Davis can join at zipcar.com/ucd
Cars must be reserved before they can be used (you can’t just walk up and wave your ID). If you cancel a reservation on short notice, you will be charged (like the airlines do). Smoking in cars is not allowed and pets must travel in carriers. Other penalties for returning a car with less than 1/4 tank of gas, returning to wrong spot, forgetting to turn off headlights, etc. Zipcar may work out well for Davis, since so many people live car-free.
Zipcar locations can be found at http://www.zipcar.com/davis/find-cars.
* from the Davis Wiki