You've probably rented a car while traveling, but did you know that you can hire one for just an hour or two within a few blocks of your home or office? If you live or work in an urban area, there's probably a ZipCar, a Car2Go, or an Enterprise CarShare vehicle parked near you available for easy rental from a smartphone app.
Every major car rental company at least dabbles in car sharing, and even some unexpected players have gotten in on the game. U-Haul will rent you a compact sedan in some markets, while BMW, Daimler, and General Motors have their own fleets in certain markets.
Zipcar will add the 2012 Ford Focus to its college car-sharing locations
But while there's certainly a proliferation of car sharing firms capitalizing on what investors anticipate will be a growing sharing economy, respondents to our most recent Twitter poll aren't eager to rent a car by the hour—or even the minute for some services.
Have you ever used a car sharing service like Car2Go, ZipCar or Enterprise CarShare?— CarConnection (@CarConnection) August 24, 2016
Not surprisingly, none of our respondents said that they don't own a car. But what did raise some eyebrows is that more than three-quarters of all respondents say that they don't plan to ever use a car sharing service.
If you've got your own car, a car share may be helpful by offering a different kind of model (think a pickup or a van) for a specific use. But it doesn't appear our readers are eager to try out car sharing.