While most car owners appreciate the convenience of Zipcar, only a small percentage of drivers take advantage of it. This can be for several reasons: 1) It is expensive or cost-effective to use your car only when necessary, and 2) It saves users money to have the car available for use whenever they need it.
One way to make sure you are getting the most out of your Zipcar membership is to drive just enough time- around 45 minutes on average- every day. By doing this every day, you will have spent enough time in your vehicle to save money on operating costs such as fuel and maintenance.
Another way to get more out of your membership is to use it occasionally when you need a break. When you need a break, take a short break! Your membership will still pay for itself in savings over time.
When you lease a car, you’re not only paying for the car itself, but also for their maintenance and insurance. Leasing is also cost you money to remove your personal cars!
For example, if you wanted to refresh your look every couple of years, then buying a new car would cost you a substantial amount. Well, with Zipcar, you can get lots of free upgrades. You just have to be prepared to cover the administrative costs of getting all of your free cars up to speed together.
Another expense is shipping the cars out when they need changing or fixing. This can be costly each time it must be done, especially if there are some vehicles that need new parts the most.
Then, there are the fixed costs such as insurance and maintenance coverage. Because leasing makes use of his own insurance plan and monthly fees with each vehicle, this adds up.
It’s a luxury product
Zipcar is a very expensive way to carpool. You can sign up for a monthly membership that costs $35 per month, which includes all of the features listed above.
You are limited to one Zipcar per household, so you must have a car to use it. Additionally, you must purchase your Zipcar in-house at zipcara.com, which means you cannot sell it and have money left over for your membership.
You cannot use your Zipcar on multiple occasions, it has to be used one time for the entire duration of your membership. You also cannot transfer your membership until five years after signing up, as per state law.
These features make Zipcar expensiveeneduce turnover rate and loyalty within your club, which increases the quality of member experiences.
Frequent use leads to savings
When you park your car at a Zipcar location, you don’t just get to use the car for a short time – you save money in the process.
At a Zipcar location, you can leave your car for as long as you need to. You can drive away and never return it. This is helpful when looking for a new car or cars, since there is no negotiation on how many days or weeks the vehicle is wanted.
When parking at a non-Zipcar location, most people find it more difficult to save enough money to purchase a Zipcar. At an average price of $3 per day, it takes around $60 per month to acquire a Zipcar!
If you are looking for a new vehicle or cars, give the Zipcar program a try.
Zipcar pays for gas and insurance
Another cost is for the car itself. Zipcar provides its members with a nice, reliable car for about $400 a month. This includes insurance, maintenance, and scheduled repairs.
This car is great for those who would like to drive but are not ready to buy a vehicle yet. You can lease this vehicle for about a year and then purchase it if you want. It is very convenient to have a car like this.
You can also pay for your membership in advance and have the car delivered at your scheduled time. This saves you from having to go to the store or an automotive service center to get your vehicle serviced and/or purchased.
While the cost of getting a Zipcar can be expensive at first, it gets easier as you use it.
Zipcar members pay annual membership fees
While members do not pay for the initial period of membership, they do pay for additional periods of membership.
Zipcar charges a monthly fee to maintain your account and continue receiving updates and special offers. It also charges a fee to add equipment such as a wheel chair or a bike.
These extra charges can be costly! For example, the monthly charge was $60 for my family of four when we had two cars back in 2009. Today, we would have only one car but it would be much smaller because we would need another charge to add it!
However, these charges are not paid yearly but every year. This is important to note as some companies require annual membership passes in order to provide member benefits.
Reserve soon for cheaper times
If you’re looking for a quick spot to park your car, the Reserved car parking services offered by many cities are affordable and convenient.
Most of them have a dedicated parking space reserved for you at designated times, usually in the evening or on weekends. You pay a monthly fee or a parking pass that you can use during regular hours of operation.
Usually, these Reserved spaces are not available every minute of the day, so when the opportunity comes, you know about it.
Reserved spaces are normally located near places that serve food or drink, so if you’re hungry or thirsty, you can go there to park your car.
The biggest reason that Zipcar is expensive is because it does not have pay-as-you-go pricing. Most car renting companies have pay-as-you-go pricing, which is when you can let the car sit in a parking lot or street and pick up the car later for a price.
Many times, these companies charge you a fee if you do not return the car on a certain date, even if you did not drive it. So while this may seem like an easy way to handle paying for your car, it forces you to be more careful with how you use the car, because they might charge you another fee if you misuse it.
Because Zipcar does not have pay-as-you-go pricing, people are forced to spend extra money to keep their cars. They must buy new insurance every year or risk their cars getting damaged which makes them more expensive than their initial purchase would suggest.
Zipcar adds on additional fees for late returns and damages
While most of us are very careful with our belongings, there are some things we would rather not think about that may include car insurance or car protection.
For example, I was recently talking to a friend who uses Car2Go. He said his Car2Go company doesn’t require insurance, but he does. He says he doesn’t know if his vehicle is covered in case of an emergency, but he thinks it should be.
Either way, it is nice to know if someone damages your car, you can contact the Company and have them cover it! Or if someone steals it, you can report it to the Company and have them go after the thief.
Anyway, when I told him about Zipcar’s auto-recovery feature, he said it was a nice touch and may help him out in case of an emergency.