My first experience with Zipcar August 8, 2011Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
As I mentioned earlier, I signed up for Zipcar. it’s less expensive than a taxi, more convenient than a bus, and less hassle than owning a car and having to pay to park it, etc.
The only problem, if you could call it that was the speedometer was stuck in km/h. Luckily I remembered that 50 km/h is about 35MPH, and 80 km/h about 50MPH. So I was doing 112 km/h which is 69 MPH.
It doesn’t mean we won’t eventually buy a car. There’s just too much convenience to overcome the hassles like being able to get up and go whenever we want. I’ve been searching cars and I noticed something, I can get a manual transmission Nissan Maxima of mid 2000’s vintage for pretty short money.
You see a lot of people have no idea how to drive a stick. I on the other hand do know how to drive a stick.
But while I save up some money I’ll use Zipcar.
It was pretty easy. It’s right in a garage downtown, you just hold your card to the reader, listen for the kerchunk of the doors unlocking (3 to 5 seconds) and you’re good to go.
The key is in the car on a little retainer line. You just put the key in the ignition, start it up, and go.
I like it. Went down to Warwick and stocked up at Trader Joe’s, then over to Mr. Lemon for a frozen lemonade. Probably put about 45 total miles on the car and it cost $20. So if I run that out, it’s about 44 cents a mile. As I mentioned earlier a cab/taxi would cost significantly more than the $20 I paid.
I’ll use it again for other things too.