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Convenient? Yes! Addictive? Absolutely! The car sharing program is available at six locations around the Valley: Tempe, the West Campus, and one in Downtown Phoenix by Central station, which is the one I use. The service is quick and easy. especially when reserving a car using the iPhone app. I have a choice between two fuel efficient cars, however the Honda lacks zip. I’m convinced this car has hidden floorboard cutouts for feet pedaling a la Fred Flinstone. The hourly rentals are great for errand running, event transportation, or late night booty call.
Here’s where I get in trouble: I’m lazy, and sometimes run late. If you’re not careful the service can suck the money out of your wallet. The Zipcar is typically less expensive than a taxi, until you start relying on the service too much. The first signs of Zipcar addiction? Frequent rentals, realizing your butt has not touched the seat of your bike in weeks and referring to the Zipcar as ‘my car’. There’s also a $50 fee on late returns. Signing up for the program will also cost you $75 dollars, give the application process a few days before you’re able to reserve a car. Overall, I love the service and I’m giving it four stars only because I wish Zipcar had a loyal customer program for credits toward future reservations. My name is Tony and I’m a Zipcar addict.
Zipcar is located at ASU Downtown campus in the lot at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication — light rail station at Central/1st Ave and Van Buren
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