TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For car-less college students like Mandy and Sam, the Zipcar car-sharing program gives them the freedom to leave campus.
"Especially to get to the grocery store, doctors appointments, I have an off-campus internship, it's really great," said Mandy.
Zipcar is a worldwide company that provides car-sharing programs at more than 350 universities. It launched at the University of Arizona on August 18.
The program has six cars parked strategically around campus, and as long as you're older than 18, it's available to any student, faculty or staff member 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"It's great that we can just live our lives and we don't have to be in our 20's to rent a car," said Mandy.
Even members of the local community can take part. All you have to do is sign up for the program online, and then you can use the mobile app to reserve a car for as long as you need it.
After a start-up fee, rates begin at $7.50 an hour.
"The fee includes gas, insurance, and the maintenance," said UA Parking and Transportation Marketing Manager Bill Davidson. "So when you take the car out, you don't have to do anything. It's all included."
Once you sign up, the company will send you a Zipcard. That serves as your key to get in and out of the car and it also stores your reservation.
Once you're done with the car, just fill it up and bring it back to its spot.
"If you need to get anywhere off campus and you don't want to rely on your friends or anything, it's totally worth it," said Mandy.
Depending on much these six cars get used, Davidson says Zipcar may decide to add more cars to the fleet to meet the demand.
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