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Seven Best Car Sharing Apps

March 4, 2021

Car sharing is a car alternative in select areas where members can use cars when they need them. Car sharing has a lot of benefits. There are also many options for car sharing apps. So, which one is right for you? We compiled a list of car sharing apps, helping determine which is right for you. Whether you're in Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans, or anywhere else in the US. Here are the seven best car sharing apps in no particular order:

1. Car2go

App Store rating: 4.8/5

Google Play rating: 4.5/5

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  • Where it's available: Check out Car2Go's list of cities.
  • Cost: It costs $5 to join Car2Go. There is no monthly fee or membership costs. Pay when you use it. Rates depend on vehicle and location.
  • Vehicle options: Any vehicle you see on the vehicle sharing app's map
  • Gas: Included in this car sharing app
  • Rental time: There is a 24 hour limit unless you select the trip package. You will need to know how long you'll rent on a trip ahead of time.

With Car2go, you can pick up and drop off the vehicle anywhere within the area of operation. Find a car on the app map. With no reservations required, hop right in and drop it off. As long as you park it in a legal spot, within the operating area, you are good to go. No need to refuel.

2. Zipcar

App Store rating: 4.5/5

Google Play rating: 3.8/5

Zipcar app
  • Where it's available: Access Zip car in these locations.
  • Cost: Zipcar charges $7 per month or $70 per year membership fee. There is a one-time $25 application fee. It costs $10 per hour or $82 a day. Price varies depending on location.
  • Vehicle options: A wide variety of vehicle types to choose from.
  • Gas: Included
  • Rental time: Rent by hour or day

ZipCar has a few plans to choose from. Once you choose one, most people are quickly verified and ready to drive. Gas, insurance, and 180 miles are always included. There is typically a monthly fee, and you only pay more when you drive.

3. GIG Car Share

App Store rating: 4.8/5

Google Play rating: 4.2/5

gig car share app graphics
  • Where it's available: See if there's a GIG Car Share Home Zone location near you.
  • Cost: Price varies based on location. There is no membership fee. Pay $1 access fee for every trip, then it is typically around $15 per hour.
  • Vehicle options: Wide selection of hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Gas: Included
  • Rental time: Up to seven days in most locations, 14 days in Sacramento

Contrary to ZipCar, GIG Car Share does not have a membership fee. You only pay when you use it. You can take cars across the country. You just need to return them to the designated “HomeZone” on the app’s map.

4. HyreCar

App Store rating: 4.4/5

Google Play rating: 3.6/5

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  • Where it's available: Check HyreCar's home page to see where it's available.
  • Cost: This car sharing app is free to sign up. It costs between $35-$45 per day depending on vehicle and location.
  • Vehicle options: A large selection of privately-owned vehicles, depending on what is available near you
  • Gas: Drivers pay for gas and replace what they used.
  • Rental time: Rental time varies based on the vehicle owners' specifications.

HyreCar is a car sharing service for Uber and Lyft drivers. HyreCar is unique because their fleet of cars are from everyday people. If you own an eligible car, you can make passive income by making it a HyreCar. HyreCar users share cars in order to make a living on Uber or Lyft without having to own a car.

5. Getaround

App Store rating: 4.8/5

Google Play rating: 3.9/5

Getaround app screenshots
  • Where it's available: Getaround is available in featured cities.
  • Cost: There's a $99 hardware fee. After three months, a $20 per month subscription fee kicks in. Daily rental rates can range from $20 to $80 depending on vehicle quality.
  • Vehicle options: A variety of privately-owned cars, vans and trucks.
  • Gas: Drivers pay for gas and replace what they used.
  • Rental time: Rent by day or hour

Getaround allows car owners to share with Getaround members. If you’re an owner, you can make a passive income. If you’re a member, you can find the right vehicle type for you, and book it by the hour or day. You get instant access, insurance is included, and there are no membership fees.

6. Turo

App Store rating: 4.8/5

Google Play rating: 4.5/5

Turo app screen
  • Where it's available: See if Turo is available near you.
  • Cost: Anywhere from $20 to $100 depending on vehicle quality.
  • Vehicle options: Turo has classic and specialty vehicles available. In addition, they also have a wide range of vehicles depending on your needs.
  • Gas: Drivers pay for gas and must replace what they used.
  • Rental time: Daily rentals only

Turo is the world’s largest car sharing marketplace. This car sharing app gives members several choices for cars near them. You can get them delivered to a location or pick them up. You also can share your car to Turo to make passive income. Because Turo is so large, there are many options to browse depending on location.

7. Enterprise CarShare

App Store rating: 4.8/5

Google Play rating: 4.2/5

Enterprise car app example
  • Where it's available: Check their list of locations
  • Cost: Application and yearly membership fees depend on location. This vehicle sharing app usually costs around $8 per hour and $70 per day, but the price varies based on vehicle and location.
  • Vehicle options: A wide selection of vehicles
  • Gas: Included
  • Rental time: Rent by the day or by the hour

Enterprise CarShare is located on college campuses across the country. Once approved, you can reserve your vehicle of choice. Then you pick it up and unlock it by using your membership card. When you return it to a designated location, wave the card over it again, it will unlock and your rental is over. The hourly rate includes fuel, insurance and customer support.

Switching To Car Sharing? Here’s What To Do With Your Vehicle

Car sharing gives you the option to not own a vehicle. With car sharing, you can do all the things you do with a car without the hassle of ownership. So, what do you do with your unwanted vehicle?

The best option is to donate your car to Wheels For Wishes, the easiest car donation. Wheels For Wishes is a charity car donation program benfiting Make-A-Wish. Donations benefit local children facing critical illness. These kids get a chance at a life-changing wish! On top of that, donors get a great tax deduction and free towing!

Here’s how to donate your vehicle to Wheels For Wishes:

  • Fill out an online donation form or give us a call at 1-855-278-9474
  • Within 24 hours of the next business day, we will reach out to schedule your FREE towing
  • After we have your donation, you can expect a tax-deductible receipt in the mail. You can use this when you do your taxes next year to claim your great deduction.
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