Car Renters Embrace Sharing
By Ross Edwards
Wednesday, Oct 01 2008 11:12
Enterprise Rent-A-Car recently announced plans to expand its WeCar car sharing program. Car sharing programs allow people who don’t own cars, like most city dwellers, to rent by the hour from convenient locations.
Hertz and U-haul have also started hourly rental programs. The rental companies are hoping to compete with Boston-based Zipcars, currently the most well-known car sharing company.
Unlike Zipcar, which rents to anyone, WeCar will be focused on businesses, reports the Wall Street Journal
. Google’s San Francisco office already has a WeCar location. Car sharing could save companies money by allowing employees the flexibility of a company car without the cost of buying one.
In general, renting a shared car usually costs between $10 and $15 per hour and includes gas. Car sharing programs allow users to locate and reserve cars online 24 hours a day, unlike traditional rental agencies.