The thrill of cruising down the open road is surpassed only by the thrill of watching a chicken cross the open road, but not asking why. Saddle up for four-wheeled thrills with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a membership from car2go Austin (a $60.62 value, including tax). The membership includes:
- Registration (a $35 value)
- 60 minutes of drive time (a $21 value)<p>
Car-less drivers get in and out of traffic with car2go’s on-demand access to a fleet of more than 300 blue and white smart fortwos. After paying the one-time registration fee, members are free to reserve their fuel-efficient ride ahead of time by checking the online map for available vehicles or by perusing the pickings at a downtown drop spot, seeking out any autos anxious to let off some speed. Then, clients can present their member card to the smart car, hop inside, punch in their PIN, whisper the secret ignition word, and spend 60 minutes zooming down sundry roads and boulevards in search of dead ends. There are no monthly fees or security deposits, and registered drivers can enjoy future cruising by the minute ($0.35 plus tax), hour ($12.99 plus tax), or day ($65.99 plus tax)—all rates include the price of parking, insurance, maintenance, and fuel. The 60 minutes of drive time in this deal may be split-up across multiple uses.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.