What You'll Get
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For $35, today's Groupon gets you a one-year Zipcar membership and a $50 driving credit ($125 value). Zipcar is the largest car-sharing company in the world, according to The Economist, since they provide rides for nearly half of all car-sharers worldwide. Urbanites who ordinarily hoof it, use public transit, or ride on the backs of men bred for transportation purposes can't resist the convenience of wheels-at-will without the hassles of car ownership.
Drive a convertible for a summer cruise, truck for heavy hauling, hybrid for earth-saving, SUV for a family outing, or coupe for couping; there are 11 models to choose from. View vehicle availability online, and then reserve the car (there are a ton of pick-up spots in Atlanta). The reservation includes driver's insurance and a gas card to fill up the tank. Rental is billable by the hour or by the day, starting at $7 per hour and $69 per day, and reservations include 180 free miles per day (mileage above 180 miles is charged at $0.45 per mile for most cars). This Groupon covers the $25 membership sign-up fee, gets you a year membership ($50 value) and a $50 driving credit. Click here to see complete rate info.
Zipcar is a great way for families to save money. If your family needs a second car only occasionally, downsize to one car and shed your insurance and maintenance costs like a snake sheds its braids. With a Zipcar membership your second family car is just a short distance away whenever you need it. Families that downsize to one car can save as much as $500 per month.
Signing up is easy; your Groupon will include simple instructions for redeeming on Zipcar's website. Please note: Anyone who doesn't meet Zipcar safe-driver requirements will not be eligible for membership, but will receive a complete refund in one to two weeks.
Yelpers give the Zipcar in downtown Atlanta an average of three stars (it's a combination of Flexcar and Zipcar reviews, since Zipcar merged with Flexcar):
- ...Customer service has been helpful and notably good at thinking outside of the box, just what you need with an end user-oriented program like this. – Joel M.
- Reserving a car online is super easy… There was a gas card in the car for the one time the gas tank went below a quarter tank. There are a handful of cars near where I live, and even more near work. – Kristine M.
History of Automobile Innovation
Car technology has come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci's early diagrams of a vehicle powered by the screams of horses. Here are some of the major innovations that have made driving the pleasure it is today:
1890: Brakes become standard.
1903: Planes make cars obsolete.
1927: TV invented expressly for the purpose of selling cars.
1987: The 1987 Buick Regal Grand National is released, causing every other car to immolate itself in the face of true perfection.
2008: GM announces that basketball great Larry Bird will now come standard on all 2008 models.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 29, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must register by expiration date. Driving credit expires 3 mo. after registration. Limit 1 per person. Atlanta metro only. Must be 21. New members only. Yearly membership will auto renew unless manually canceled. Must meet safe driver requirements. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.