Look what I got!!
II'm just kidding... I didn't buy this awesome car. No, I rented it from Zip Car last Thursday!
Zip Car is a car sharing service I decided to subscribe to when I sold my car this spring. Cars are available hourly or daily, and there are lots of locations through Milwaukee you can find your car.
Why is Zip Car important, you ask?
To that I respond with a question: How else is a car-less person to easily travel from the East Side to the Target by the stadium?
There are three driving plans you can subscribe to, and I subscribed to the Occasional Driving plan since I don't need to use a car very often. It's the plan with the most up front, but no monthly fees, which I like to avoid. With a monthly fee, you get reduced rates on any car sharing you do.
I signed up easily and waited about five days for my Zip Card, which is what allows you to unlock the vehicle you've rented. Keys are kept inside the vehicle, since the car can only be unlocked with your card.
Included with each car is gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day.
Every direction is spelled out step by step, and there aren't so many steps that anything is complicated. Here in the driver's visor is the gas card; you can fill up using this card at any gas station, which is one of my favorite features of this program. You don't have to return the car full, but under about a half a tank you would probably take a few minutes and fill up.
While wandering Target (brand new pens in hand!) I got an E-mail from Zip Car. It's a cleverly written reminder of what to do to get your Zip Car, which the E-mail refers to by name, Melvyn, and describes your first time with a Zip Car like a first date. I laugh-out-loud love the marketing around Zip Car, and mostly because it was true: my Zip Trip was like a first date. I cackled my way out of the parking lot, hit the gas, had a blast driving this Mini... even if it was an automatic ;)