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 this Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year Keystone membership and $50 in driving credits to PhillyCarShare (a $110 value).
With multivehicular fleets stationed at more than 150 locations throughout the city, PhillyCarShare's Keystone membership plan affords carless drivers 24/7 access to ready-to-rev rides. Members choose from more than 250 cars, including sedans, vans, and trucks placed throughout the city, reserve their preferred mode of transport over the phone or Internet, and gain immediate access to the vehicle via a personal key and feigned disbelief at the car's age. Errand runners seeking hourly autos (starting at $7.50/hr.) can rev up a Ford Fusion for a grocery run, or amble into a GMC Canyon pickup for a furniture move. All-day or overnight adventurers can settle into Ford Escapes for their extended trip (starting at $69/day).
With gas, insurance, and 185 miles per trip included in the price, commuters requiring a motorized vessel can benefit from the convenience without the ownership hassles of repair, maintenance, or paying sky-high tuitions at elite, private parking garages. PhillyCarShare estimates that each of its vehicles takes an additional 15 carbon factories off the road, making car sharing eco-friendly as well as convenient. Today's Groupon kick-starts customers' road-running careers with a $50 driving credit.
An affiliate of Enterprise, WeCar mobilizes its members with short-term rentals of fuel-efficient, hybrid, and plug-in vehicles. For a minimum of one hour, drivers borrow cars for errands or business meetings at an hourly or daily rate that includes gas, basic insurance coverage, and up to 200 miles per use. Upon making a reservation—which can be done 24 hours a day—members retrieve a vehicle from its designated location. Members are expected to keep the car in respectful condition, keeping pets in carriers, not smoking, and using the included gas card to refill tanks once the reach only one-quarter full. Any trips longer than 200 miles incur an additional $0.35 fee per mile, and 24-hour roadside assistance ensures drivers aren't stranded with flat tires, dead batteries, or horns that won't stop honking the Knight Rider theme song. At the end of each trip, the car must be returned on time to its original location.