Car sharing is becoming popular in Washington DC and offers a convenient, economical and environmentally responsible alternative to owning a car. Self-service vehicles are available on-demand in reserved parking spots in neighborhoods across the city. Members can reserve cars by the hour or by the day. The price includes gas, insurance, and maintenance and you only pay for the time you use. Following is an overview of the car sharing companies in Washington DC.
The world's leading car-sharing service offers more than 30 makes and models, available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members can reserve Zipcars online, over the phone or by using mobile applications for both iPhone and Android phones. Gas, insurance, 180 free miles, parking in the reserved spot and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily rates. Zipvan service is also available for hourly or daily use.
A subsidiary of Daimler, the car sharing company offers a fleet of 200 Smart cars in Washington DC. Unlike Zipcar, which requires that vehicles be picked up and dropped off at specific locations, Car2go allows users to leave cars at metered parking spots anywhere in the District of Columbia. You can pick up a car in one neighborhood, drive across town and leave it there. You can reserve a car ahead of time, or simply pick one up spontaneously.
Hertz On Demand
The company offers free membership for hourly car sharing service including a fleet of luxury cars, hybrids, electric cars and more.
Vehicles are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gas, insurance and 180 free miles are included in the hourly and daily rates.
Effective June 1, 2015, Enterprise will start providing car sharing service at Metro-owned parking spaces located in 45 Metrorail stations. Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service pioneered more than 55 years ago.
The company offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles, for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. Enterprise CarShare is now available on more than 75 university campuses and 40 government and business campuses and in more than 15 markets including Washington DC, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Looking for alternative ways to get around the city? Washington DC also has an expansive bike sharing program. Learn about Capital Bikeshare.
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