Is Zipcar a good deal?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 9:40 pm
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Zipcar Value and Practicality

With the modern technological age, numerous unconventional methods of transportation are arising. Along with Uber, Lyft, and more, one of these newfangled options is called Zipcar. Zipcar advertises that, in addition to a monthly membership fee, users can pay only to use cars when they need it. Zipcar is only available in certain locations, and Austin is one of them.

So is Zipcar a good, practical value? Read on below to see whether this service can outweigh traditional car ownership.

An emblazoned hatchback Zipcar sits parked by the side of the road.

Whether or not Zipcar is a good deal depends on one’s unique needs and circumstances. However, we’re going to be honest: we’re a car dealership, and because of this, we’re going to lay out and explain the disadvantages of Zipcar below.

While the service is a good deal for some, it’s not for everyone. If, when perusing the disadvantaged laid out, you decide having your own car is a better option, we recommend a gander at our extensive pre-owned inventory. We’re sure you can find a great car therein that you may use to navigate Austin and beyond.

Disadvantages of Zipcar

  1. Lack of Convenience: A primary downside of Zipcar is that the vehicles must be returned to a designated parking area, which is usually a surface lot or parking garage. Due to this, a Zipcar can’t be left in a region that doesn’t have a Zipcar lot, thereby restricting the possibilities for one-way trips. If you don’t return your Zipcar to a designated lot, you may receive big fines or other penalties.
  1. Membership Fees: To use Zipcar, you’ll need to pay either an annual or monthly membership fee. Because of this, even if you’re not using the service, you’ll be spending some money.
  2. Reservations Required: Using Zipcar requires some planning. When taking a trip, users need to reserve a specific Zipcar at least half an hour in advance, while also choosing start and end times. This cuts down on the feelings of spontaneity and total freedom that having one’s own vehicle can provide.
  3. Age Restrictions: Those who use Zipcar must be at least 21 years old, or a student of at least 18 at an affiliated university.   

Ever Wonder: What are the requirements to drive for Uber or Lyft in Austin, TX?