Like an ATM for wheels

Description – If you only need a car occasionally, this is the service for you.
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Address – Hoboken Area, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030
Telephone – (866) 4ZI-PCAR

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8 Comments on "Zipcar"

8 years 2 months ago

Anyone ever use the Zip Cars?

8 years 2 months ago

I’ve been a member for about 4 years now. If you don’t own a car, it’s really the best option for those occasions when you need a car.

Weekends are booked fairly quickly, so you need to plan ahead (or be lucky in case someone cancels right before the weekend). But if you need it during the week, you should probably have your pick.

There are a dozen cars in town now, plus you can use any other car in the Zipcar system. There are hundreds in NYC, some in Jersey City, etc. And there are several types of car available depending on your needs–there is a pickup in case you want to go to Ikea, there is a BMW if you want to step out for the evening, cheap hatchbacks, etc.

It’s way better than using a “real” rental car because you only book the car for the time you need. Reservations by the hour rather than 24 hour chunks, but you can take the car for up to 3 full days if you need.

It’s not like it’s super cheap–the cars are usually $12-$16 per hour–but that includes gas, insurance, and the assigned parking space for each car. It is massively cheaper and easier than owning a car if you only need one for occasional trips. Just need to be a little flexible on when you need it sometimes.

8 years 2 months ago

I also give a thumbs-up to Zipcar. In addition, their customer service is excellent, which was quite useful when I had issues, well, starting the car (hahaha).

I should add, however that one should also reserve well in advance for major holidays. That, and the above-mentioned need to plan for weekend rentals, are the only drawbacks for this service — although that may not be a problem if you don’t mind renting a car in New York City.

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8 years 2 months ago

I used Zipcar for a number of years.

All of the pro’s I would agree with, but here are the cons:

1. If you were the last person to use the car, you will be charged for ANY damage someone notices, even if it happened before you used it. So be prepared to go over it with a fine toothed comb and get on your hands and knees to check every inch of it. So basically if it’s parked, you are responsible if some jackass in the garage scratches it 3 days later. Yes, this happened to me. If there is any stain, even if it looks old, call they and report it. I got charged $50 for cleaning and I didn’t know what they hell they are talking about, it looked clean to me. You can get screwed because they will charge you without having to show you proof. So I got so fed up that I would call to report the slightest thing out of place. Crumbs, stains, scratches… Anything.

2. You can NEVER get a car for a short trip on the weekends. People book them way in advance, sometimes up to the last minute they can hold them, and then decide to release it. I always thought they should keep a couple cars just for trips of 3 hours or less.

***FYI, you would be better off renting from Enterprise up near 14th street for a weekend trip anyway, it’s cheaper, and they will pick you up and drop you off if you need it. They always seem to have cars, even on major holidays.

I found I needed a car pretty frequently so I bought one about 6 months ago. I see family and friends more often and I am not trapped in Hoboken or the city any more. In any case, I was fed up with Zipcar. I was paying for a service that never had cars when I needed them and planned to drop it anyway. Especially after being charged from damage that obviously happened while being parked in the garage.

I had suggested that they change their booking system to one that would require long trips to lock in the booking rather than allowing people to just reserve them up until the last minute. It would make people think a little more seriously about their plans to use it. After a while I had to start reserving cars every weekend I could just so I could have the possibility of using them if I needed it. Otherwise they are all booked 3-4 weeks in advanced. You would have to check the website all day, 48 hours before the weekend to catch the people who decided to release the car.

Just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

7 years 1 month ago

Any new experiences with zipcar? Thinking about joining, but would like to hear from more people. Thanks!