$50 for the Best Alternative to Owning a Car in New York

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There are so many reasons not to own a car:

  • Insurance
  • Maintenance costs
  • Parking tickets
  • Back pain from hydraulic lifts
  • The irresistible but dangerous urge to sleep beneath the hood on the warm engine
  • You have to leave the car in order to ride a pony

While riding a pony solves some of these problems, there’s still a lot you can’t do:

  • Carry more than one bag of groceries
  • Pick up your Craiglist waterbed
  • Run errands in no-pony zones

You need a car, but only every once in a while; join Zipcar, where each car is fully equipped with zippers and where you save 60% with today’s Groupon.


Zipcar is perfect for New Yorkers who wish to avoid the costs of car ownership but still need a car on occasion. For only $50, today’s Groupon gets you a one-year Zipcar membership, plus a $50 driving credit. That’s 60% off the normal $125 value.

Zipcar keeps a fleet of vehicles at a ton of locations that are at your beckoning when, where, and for however long you need them. No matter where you are in the city, you’re likely close to a Zipcar location and one of its 1778 cars. Click here to see rates, starting at $9.90 per hour.

Signing up is easy, your Groupon will include simple instructions for redemption 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 1–2 weeks.


Yelpers give Zipcar an average of 3.5 stars. Here are a few reviews: > * How Freakin’ hard is it to move furniture in Manhattan if you don’t own a car??? Thanks to Zipcar, it was a breeze. – lillie m. > * i don’t have to worry about overnight parking or car insurance or washing the goddamn vehicle or cleaning it out or taking it for maintenance or any of that. – amy s. > * I’ve had no problems picking up my car, the attendants at both garages I’ve tried have been really nice (177th & Bway, 122nd & Bway). I love that gas and insurance are included in the rental. Having sold my car at the end of November (just didn’t use it enough to justify the cost), Zipcar is the perfect answer to my car needs. – Philine v.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Must activate account by expiration date. $50 driving credit expires 3 months after account is created. 1 per person. For New York City metro only. New members only. Yearly membership ($50) auto renews unless canceled. Must meet safe driver requirements. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Zipcar

By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.