The 4 Best Car Sharing Companies in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a hub of innovation, and with all those busy people shuffling between the Capitol and surrounding law firms, car ownership may not be ideal for everyone. Thankfully, there are many car share services in the area to provide convenient and cost-effective transportation for infrequent drivers. The best part is these services relieve congestion in our nation’s capital and lessen our impact on the environment.

Car2Go D.C. gets high marks from the environmentalists in our nation’s capital. They deploy over 300 gas and electric smart cars in locations around the city. A big perk of Car2Go Washington D.C. is you generally don’t need to pay for parking in metered spots since Car2Go worked out a special arrangement with the city. Car2Go D.C. uses a “home area” instead of designated locations, which means you don’t return the vehicle to a specific spot; rather, you’re welcome to park the car in any legal spot within the home area even if it’s right outside your house.

Zipcar D.C. makes it easy to use a car without owning one. Zipcar spots are easy to find in Georgetown and other parts of the city. If you don’t run into a Zipcar D.C. on the street, you can find one with their mobile app or on their website. With Zipcar Washington D.C., you can browse vehicles and reserve a car in your neighborhood or in another country. You don’t have to worry about paying for gas either, as Zipcar D.C. provides a gas card in each vehicle, a $1 million insurance policy on each vehicle, and 24/7 roadside assistance. With its many locations around Washington D.C., Zipcar is a great service to access vehicles in different states. It also includes up to 180 miles per day before any mileage charges kick in.

Enterprise, a big name in the car rental industry, provides a fleet of pickup trucks, fuel-efficient sedans, and hybrid/electric vehicles to fit every need. Several plans are available in D.C. Infrequent drivers will want to choose the Keep It Local plan, with hourly rates as low as $5. A mileage charge of around $0.25 per mile does apply on this plan. If you use car share a few times a week, you might want to try the Road Warrior plan. This plan costs $25 per month and includes 200 free miles per day. All plans include gas, insurance, and 24/7 roadside assistance for every trip from a trusted name brand in the industry.

Another household name in the car rental business is Hertz. The Hertz 24/7 car share service equips all of its vehicles with the NeverLost® GPS systems and Bluetooth. This technology is deployed across an impressive fleet of cars, trucks, vans, and hybrids in cities throughout the world, including cities across Europe. In this way, Herts 24/7 has the largest reach of any car share company. They even allow one-way rentals instead of making you return the vehicle to the exact spot you picked it up. On top of that, Hertz 24/7 has partnered up with the Lowe’s home improvement chain to offer truck and van rentals at all Lowe’s locations. With a few locations outside of D.C., Lowe’s is a perfect spot to rent a truck for any job.