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Zipcar is a leading car-sharing company that first started in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company, which trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol ZIP, was founded by Robin Chase in 1999. Zipcar operates more than 9,000 cars throughout metropolitan cities and college campuses in the United States, Canada, and the UK.
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|Competitors||GetAround, RelayRides, car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, etc.|
|Types of coupons||Coupon codes, referral discounts, etc.|
In order to use Zipcars, consumers must first sign up to become a member. The company offers memberships for individuals, memberships through universities, and memberships through organizations.  In order to become a member, consumers must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid drivers license. Consumers are able to apply on the official Zipcar website by filling out an online application. Once the application has been filled out and submitted, Zipcar will review the application. If approved, new customers will be sent their Zipcard membership card within three to seven days.
The cost of a Zipcar membership varies by location (with an average annual fee costing about $60 and an application fee of $25). After the annual fee, rates are available by the hour or the day. Typically, cars in cities like Atlanta, Georgia, cost up to $7.75 an hour, or between $68 to $72 for the entire day.
Main cities offering Zipcars in the U.S. include Atlanta, Baltimore, Providence, San Francisco, Portlant, Philadelphia, Austin, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Seattle. Smaller cities also offer Zipcars.
- Zipcar operates their own Facebook page, providing fans with access to information on company news, promotional offers, and discounts year round. This includes Zipcar-sponsored contests featuring such prizes as free gift cards and company driving credits.
- Zipcar members are also able to save at numerous regional attractions, stores, restaurants, and services just for being a member. A list of the places offering member discounts is available when members sign into their account and select the Member Benefits option on the main page. Some of the places offering deals include Medieval Times, Gold's Gym, the High Museum of Art, and Firehouse Guitars and Music.
- Coupon codes and referral discounts can be applied during a customer's initial membership application process. Future members are able to check out the Coupon and Promotion Restrictions section of the official Zipcar website to find out about offers and deals available.
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