Carsharing services allow members to “check out” a car when you need one for a set amount of time. You pay based on how long you use the car, with no additional charge for gas or insurance.
Carsharing is a great option for people who seldom need a car, or for families who have one car but occasionally need a second set of wheels.
Chicago is home to several carsharing companies. Turo and Getaround are peer-to-peer carsharing companies, which means that people can rent their cars to other members, setting their own prices. If you own a car, you can earn money through these services while you are not using your car. Members who rent cars through the service are covered by insurance. Check the companies’ websites for details about how these options could work for you.
Zipcar and Enterprise Car Share are membership-based programs with dedicated vehicles in fixed locations. The closest locations to East and West Garfield Park are Humbolt Park, University Village, Douglas Park, and the Village of Oak Park. Members can check-out cars for trips within a specific time window and return to the same location. Carshare companies also offer corporate memberships. This may be a useful option if your workplace is located outside of East or West Garfield Park and you sometimes need a car for workday errands or for offsite meetings.