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Old 01-19-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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One key reason they start in university areas is because they allow 18yo drivers whereas most car rentals don't allow drivers under 25. Bike sharing and free bus passes are part of the UMKC program...

Zipcar service zeros in on UMKC, Rockhurst campuses - KansasCity.com (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/17/3376656/zipcar-rental-service-zeros-in.html - broken link)

Most car rental places do actually rent to anyone over 18, they just make you pay out the tooshie for it.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Ah, looks like that has changed in last few years...

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The picture actually isn't as bleak as it was a few years ago when many of big car rental companies didn't allow anyone under 25 to rent. Drivers ages 21 to 24 can now rent at most locations operated by Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. In the vast majority of cases, drivers ages 21 to 24 still have to pay a daily surcharge (varying by location) that averages around $25 per day.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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I wonder if the ZipCar will be under the same KCMO high car rental tax (for funding the arena) as other car rental companies.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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^I don't believe so. They're not car rental; it's a membership-based service. Could be wrong though!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Saw the Zipcar thread and had to chime in. I've been a member for 4 years, in Chicago and in Seattle (and now Chicago again), and it's been really good for when I need to use a car without planning ahead. Granted, I have always lived within a few blocks of several zipcar locations, so it's been easy.

Just thought I'd clarify a few things:

1) The hourly rate includes gas and insurance and you can opt for waiver for the $500 deductible, I think it's $7 a month.

2) You do have to return the car to the same place it was picked up.

3) Zipcar is taxed as a rental car, or at least it is in both Chicago and Seattle, so I think for an hour even for the cheapest cars and cheapest rate plan, it still works out to $8.50 to $9 an hour. This depends on other state taxes and the rate plan you are on.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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I've used Zipcar here in Seattle many times, and I'm delighted that it's moving to KC, where I'll be moving in March.

Zipcar rocks. Here's how it works:

- You have to pay for a membership, and they check your driving record, so it's not automatic acceptance.

- Once they accept you, they send you a transponder card that's your membership card and is also used to unlock and lock your car. There's also an iPhone and Android app now that you can use to reserve cars and lock/unlock.

- If you need a car for, let's say, 4 hours for a meeting, you go online or use the app, find a car in your area, and reserve it for a certain window of time. The per-hour or per-day cost is billed to your credit card. As several other people have pointed out, the cost of your membership covers gas and insurance (there's a actually a Zipcar gas card in the visor).

- You walk to your car (it's always in a specific parking space), wave your Zipcard at it to unlock it, and drive off. And yes, you must return it to the same lot on time. Zipcar can penalize you if you're late. It's also good form to fill up the tank before you return the car.

Zipcar is awesome for convenient, quick trips, such as a friend flying into KCI who needs a lift into town. You rent a Zipcar for two hours, pick up your friend, and you've spent about $25.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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Unfortunately the only site will be UMKC to start with. Hopefully it will expand but could be a while. There are many towns where they only have university locations.

While picking up a friend for $25 would likely be less than a cab ride, I use Super Shuttle for $19 (one way) from Airport to Plaza area (otherwise $45+ cab ride).
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