Tactics on Mobilizing "Zipcar" & "Getaround" Members?

DH Daniel Hong Public Seen by 10

Car-sharing companies like "Zipcar" (http://www.zipcar.com) and "Getaround" (http://www.getaround.com) are getting increasingly popular as less people are owning their own vehicles. I think that they are an important population to reach out to when securing transportation.

Several questions I have:

1) What could appealing to Zipcar and Getaround members look like?
2) Could this be related to Sharetribe?
3) Your thoughts on this?


Toad Ficca Fri 23 May 2014 2:28AM

I thought that those two were for shorter trips, but I could be wrong. Toad.


Sally G Fri 23 May 2014 2:29AM

Are they for multiple days, or just a few hours at a time? I personally rent cars on rare occasions (being more disciplined about not heading down the street to grab a rental; I was going way over budget), but only remember one long-distance trip, to Washington, D.C., only a single day up and back, with 2 others. I’m concerned about expense, but otherwise it is a great idea—and maybe that is not such a problem, after all.


Daniel Hong Fri 23 May 2014 2:52AM

@sallyg It looks like it'd be very expensive for Zipcar members: the first day alone, if traveling from Portland to Sacramento in 9 hours, would cost at least $65.70 plus $180.00 in extra milage (first 180 miles included; $0.45 per extra mile; about 580 miles from PDX to Sac; 400 extra miles charged) -- grand total, $245.70 minimum. And that's if we're assuming the member has the best subscription!

Getaround members have it better: cars can run as little as $25.00/day, and milage caps are more generous. Over winter break, I went to Truckee to stay at a friend's vacation home. We used Getaround to go to and back from PDX.


Daniel Hong Fri 23 May 2014 2:53AM

@toadficca I believe both services can work for long-distance, also.


Toad Ficca Fri 23 May 2014 3:32AM

Okay! We have Zip cars here at the University! I'll look into it, but I think it is really expensive too. Perhaps just renting an RV or van is the ticket...I might have a line on an RV! T.


Sally G Fri 23 May 2014 3:36AM

My local agency rents vans (12- and 15-passenger, I believe) as well as cars; again, not sure about the long-distance costs, but for local they seemed reasonable.


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