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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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Explorer Jim asks whether people in the group have had experience with short-trip car rental services like ZipCar when needing transportation to nearby places they may wish to visit. The group recognizes that ZipCar and competitors are conveniently located in urban centers, and one may rent by day or by the hour. 

Advantages include: 

  • via e-code, your phone lets you into the car
  • rent only the hours you need
  • park in their lot (vs. street parking) upon return 


  • Required membership fee for use is inconvenient for infrequent users
  • Range: Not ideal for 'out of area' or overnight trips (car rental is better for overnights and offers more flexibility than the hourly)
  • Each hourly rental car may be totally different from the car one is used to driving. Too, as response time grows longer with age, so does the time needed to get used to driving a strange model car. 
  • Few in the group have had experience with ZipCar or other hourly car rentals.

The group notes that Uber and Lyft are everywhere in urban areas - but not so much in rural areas. Other options mentioned are GetAround and Turo - services for hiring out one's personal car hourly when it is not in use. (Think Air B&B for one's car). 

Wrapping up, If the rental and carshare market are too much for some, there is GoGo Grandma (available on Jitterbug most phones) which will hail a ride from Uber or Lyft without having to use a smartphone. Marty rounds out the discussion by mentioning that she has friends who occasionally share a rental car for a day to do a whole list of errands. 





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Key words: 
car services, car rental, ZipCar, GetAround, Turo