January 3, 2013

Buying versus renting a car

We almost bought one. But then we thought: does it really make sense to OWN a car these days? What about Zipcar and the like? Of course the guys at Zipcar have some great arguments to consider renting in lieu of owning. Even Jeffrey agrees. What do you think? If we decide to NOT own a car, and therefore rent: which would be the best option? 1) Zipcar by the hour/day 2) A normal rental company, by the day/week 3) Wheelz / RelayRides ? 4) Else? Thanks for any suggestion! (p.s. we live in the Mission, San Francisco)

Update: 5) Another option is Getaround.com (similar to Zipcar)

Zipcar also has more interesting plans (the 125 $ / month seems great).

Also, I found out that a “normal” car (e.g. Ford Focus) can cost up to 800-900 $ a month, when you include everything (car cost, depreciation, insurance, fuel, maintenance, fees, etc). See screenshot below.