Cars are now going to college.

Will owning a car on campus be considered passé?

You no longer need to bring one— just share one. Although car sharing is not a new idea in large cities around the U.S. and the world, it is a growing new trend on some college campuses.

Companies like Zipcar are popping up on some of the big college campuses giving students and faculty (18 and over), the opportunity to use some really cool cars whenever they want, and at the same time, save money and help the environment. 

Less cars, less congestion, less pollution, less parking issues, and “redefining the way people think about transportation” is what the car share company is all about.

A person can register for the program online, or over the phone, for a one-time fee of $25 and an annual fee of $50.00. Cars such as — Mini Coopers, BMWs, Audis, hybrids, and even pick-up trucks are available to use. A vehicle can be reserved at a place of their choosing, unlocked electronically, driven within the boundaries, and dropped off back where they originally picked up the car (gas, reserved parking, free 180 miles and insurance are all included in the price). Hourly rates from $8-$9 per day and day rates around $66-$72 per day. Every account opened is linked to a valid driver’s license and will help in deterring theft and damage to the vehicles.

Zipcars have also created great co-marketing opportunities with universities and zimride , the world’s leading social online ride sharing community. So ride sharing is a fun and easy way to connect with friends, classmates and coworkers, save money and reduce your carbon footprint, too.

Their logo and website is plastered all over the Zipcars cars (from vanity plates to door panels) and every car doubles as moving billboards all over the surrounding college towns. Sounds like more clever marketing and a good way to cut down on our dependency on oil. Plus, no car payment to boot.

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