The Truth About Cars » car sharing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC News Round-up: Let’s Get Political, Political; Maven is Here; Ignition Lawsuit Changes Direction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-lets-get-political-political-maven-ignition-lawsuit-changes-direction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-lets-get-political-political-maven-ignition-lawsuit-changes-direction/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:01:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1270505 President Barack Obama ran a victory lap in Detroit because the bailout worked. That, GM’s Maven goes beyond “The Tipping Point,” the ignition switch trial takes a turn for the weird, and more Obama … after the break! (Note: The above photo is an archived photo. You can tell because Obama doesn’t look like he’s aged a millennia […]

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President Barack Obama ran a victory lap in Detroit because the bailout worked. That, GM’s Maven goes beyond “The Tipping Point,” the ignition switch trial takes a turn for the weird, and more Obama … after the break! (Note: The above photo is an archived photo. You can tell because Obama doesn’t look like he’s aged a millennia […]

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NAIAS 2016: With Ford Credit Link, the Sharing Economy Comes to Leasing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/naias-2016-ford-credit-link-car-sharing-economy-comes-leasing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/naias-2016-ford-credit-link-car-sharing-economy-comes-leasing/#comments Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:56:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1264129 A pilot initiative will be launched next month in Austin, Texas, where small groups can join forces and lease a new Ford together. Only available at three select dealers for now, the 24-month lease will likely operate much like Zipcar or Car2Go, but on a much smaller, private scale. A new app will allow between […]

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A pilot initiative will be launched next month in Austin, Texas, where small groups can join forces and lease a new Ford together. Only available at three select dealers for now, the 24-month lease will likely operate much like Zipcar or Car2Go, but on a much smaller, private scale. A new app will allow between […]

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General Motors Makes $500M Bet on Lyft http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/general-motors-makes-500m-bet-lyft/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/general-motors-makes-500m-bet-lyft/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256769 General Motors announced Monday that it would invest $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft to help boost the automaker’s business in car-sharing companies and perhaps rental cars. The automaker announced that the investment — roughly half of Lyft’s latest round of fundraising — would buy the automaker seat on the ride-sharing company’s board of directors. Lyft, […]

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General Motors announced Monday that it would invest $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft to help boost the automaker’s business in car-sharing companies and perhaps rental cars. The automaker announced that the investment — roughly half of Lyft’s latest round of fundraising — would buy the automaker seat on the ride-sharing company’s board of directors. Lyft, […]

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BlueIndy Electric Car Sharing is Born (Under a Bad Sign) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/blueindy-electric-car-sharing-born-bad-sign/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/blueindy-electric-car-sharing-born-bad-sign/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:14:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1159138 BlueIndy, the nation’s first electric car sharing service, launched in Indianapolis on Wednesday, according to Time, but with controversy. The car service, which uses Bollore Group electric cars, has met initial opposition with the Indianapolis City Council, who’ve taken aim at the mayor who launched the project with Bollore — whose other EV car-sharing cities include […]

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BlueIndy, the nation’s first electric car sharing service, launched in Indianapolis on Wednesday, according to Time, but with controversy. The car service, which uses Bollore Group electric cars, has met initial opposition with the Indianapolis City Council, who’ve taken aim at the mayor who launched the project with Bollore — whose other EV car-sharing cities include […]

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Nissan, Enterprise Want to Get ‘Em Hooked on Versa Young http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/nissan-enterprise-want-get-em-hooked-versa-young/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/nissan-enterprise-want-get-em-hooked-versa-young/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1138474 Nissan and Enterprise CarShare announced Tuesday a plan to equip 90 colleges and universities in the United States exclusively with Nissan cars for students to move, haul, travel (and barf in the backseat) for $5 an hour until Dec. 31. Presumably, the college experience includes familiarity with the Versa Note’s hand-crank windows and will ultimately feed […]

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Nissan and Enterprise CarShare announced Tuesday a plan to equip 90 colleges and universities in the United States exclusively with Nissan cars for students to move, haul, travel (and barf in the backseat) for $5 an hour until Dec. 31. Presumably, the college experience includes familiarity with the Versa Note’s hand-crank windows and will ultimately feed […]

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Police: Drive-by Shooters May Have Used Car-sharing Service http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/police-drive-shooters-may-used-car-sharing-service/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/police-drive-shooters-may-used-car-sharing-service/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1108449 Police in Denver say suspects in a drive-by shooting in January may have rented several Smart Fortwos under fake names to use in connection with their crimes. The Denver Post is reporting that in affidavits filed by detectives investigating the Jan. 4 shooting, Denver police asked the car-sharing company for GPS data from the cars when […]

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Police in Denver say suspects in a drive-by shooting in January may have rented several Smart Fortwos under fake names to use in connection with their crimes. The Denver Post is reporting that in affidavits filed by detectives investigating the Jan. 4 shooting, Denver police asked the car-sharing company for GPS data from the cars when […]

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Where Have All The Clinton Era Cars Gone? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/clinton-era-cars-gone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/clinton-era-cars-gone/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1086449 That moment you realize the oldest car in the parking lot is yours. Yeah, I just had that moment. The car in question is a 2001 Honda Accord EX. Four-door. Five-speed. A dodo bird of a used car stuck in today’s finance driven market. I walked around the parking lot you see above trying to find […]

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That moment you realize the oldest car in the parking lot is yours. Yeah, I just had that moment. The car in question is a 2001 Honda Accord EX. Four-door. Five-speed. A dodo bird of a used car stuck in today’s finance driven market. I walked around the parking lot you see above trying to find […]

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Reithofer: Government Programs Key To BMW i3 Success http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/reithofer-government-programs-key-bmw-i3-success/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/reithofer-government-programs-key-bmw-i3-success/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1028841 BMW’s i3’s success is helped by a number of government incentives in a few of the automaker’s key markets, according to CEO Norbert Reithofer. According to Automotive News Europe, Reithofer said that sales figures for the i3 are connected to political initiatives toward electric mobility, adding that when those initiatives are there, “the registration figures […]

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BMW’s i3’s success is helped by a number of government incentives in a few of the automaker’s key markets, according to CEO Norbert Reithofer. According to Automotive News Europe, Reithofer said that sales figures for the i3 are connected to political initiatives toward electric mobility, adding that when those initiatives are there, “the registration figures […]

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Vincent Bollore Bringing ‘Superior’ EV Tech, Car-Sharing Service To US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/vincent-bollore-bringing-superior-ev-tech-car-sharing-service-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/vincent-bollore-bringing-superior-ev-tech-car-sharing-service-us-market/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1025009 EV consumers in France and beyond needn’t wait months for a Tesla Model S, thanks to Vincent Bollore’s Autolib service and Bluecar EVs. Bloomberg reports the Bollore Group founder and chairman created Autolib to put EV fans behind the wheel of one of his Pininfarina-designed Bluecars for the equivalent of 20 cents per minute. Though […]

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EV consumers in France and beyond needn’t wait months for a Tesla Model S, thanks to Vincent Bollore’s Autolib service and Bluecar EVs. Bloomberg reports the Bollore Group founder and chairman created Autolib to put EV fans behind the wheel of one of his Pininfarina-designed Bluecars for the equivalent of 20 cents per minute. Though […]

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Future Of Industry, Mobility To Be Shaped At Detroit Tech Conference http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/future-industry-mobility-shaped-detroit-tech-conference/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/future-industry-mobility-shaped-detroit-tech-conference/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=908673 Part of the automobile’s future may be linked to concerns of safety, fuel efficiency and the environment, but connected- and autonomous-vehicle technologies, among other disruptors, look to flip the table on the century-old game as the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems gets underway this week in Detroit. Automotive News reports industry execs, government […]

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Part of the automobile’s future may be linked to concerns of safety, fuel efficiency and the environment, but connected- and autonomous-vehicle technologies, among other disruptors, look to flip the table on the century-old game as the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems gets underway this week in Detroit. Automotive News reports industry execs, government […]

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Sixt-BMW DriveNow Partnership Exceeds Membership Expectations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sixt-bmw-drivenow-partnership-exceeds-membership-expectations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/sixt-bmw-drivenow-partnership-exceeds-membership-expectations/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=897258 Germany-based rental car company Sixt SE announced its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW has exceeded expectations, with profits to match. Autoblog reports DriveNow’s success is linked to cities where the service has been in operation for at least a year, with new subscriptions coming online in a manner that completely caught CEO Erich Sixt off-guard: […]

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Germany-based rental car company Sixt SE announced its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW has exceeded expectations, with profits to match. Autoblog reports DriveNow’s success is linked to cities where the service has been in operation for at least a year, with new subscriptions coming online in a manner that completely caught CEO Erich Sixt off-guard: […]

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Millennials Start With Sharing, End With Individual Ownership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/millennials-start-with-sharing-end-with-individual-ownership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/millennials-start-with-sharing-end-with-individual-ownership/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875073 Though companies such as Lyft, Car2Go and Uber aim to help the young and the carless get around town without the need for owning a car — Uber wanting to go as far as to replace car ownership, period — the millennials eventually decide to go all in on individual car ownership. Automotive News reports […]

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Though companies such as Lyft, Car2Go and Uber aim to help the young and the carless get around town without the need for owning a car — Uber wanting to go as far as to replace car ownership, period — the millennials eventually decide to go all in on individual car ownership. Automotive News reports […]

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AlixPartners: 2014 May Be The Peak Of U.S. Auto Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/alixpartners-2014-may-be-the-peak-of-u-s-auto-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/alixpartners-2014-may-be-the-peak-of-u-s-auto-sales/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=862905 The good news? Automakers are enjoying a sales boom in the United States the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Great Recession brought the hammer down, with June 2014 sales alone surpassing those in July of 2006. Should the boom continue, 2014 will close as the industry’s best year in a long time, […]

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The good news? Automakers are enjoying a sales boom in the United States the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Great Recession brought the hammer down, with June 2014 sales alone surpassing those in July of 2006. Should the boom continue, 2014 will close as the industry’s best year in a long time, […]

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Hammer Time: Screw Zipcar, Just Share A Govcar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-screw-zipcar-just-share-a-govcar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/hammer-time-screw-zipcar-just-share-a-govcar/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=844042 There a few things I can’t wrap my mind around these days. Take for example, Zipcar.  The car sharing firm that supposedly offers the Millenial vibe, is actually run by the old GM dumping ground for unpopular vehicles established rental company Avis. That’s not a bad thing at all. Long story short, the opportunity for […]

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There a few things I can’t wrap my mind around these days. Take for example, Zipcar.  The car sharing firm that supposedly offers the Millenial vibe, is actually run by the old GM dumping ground for unpopular vehicles established rental company Avis. That’s not a bad thing at all. Long story short, the opportunity for […]

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Car2Go Vacates UK Market Due To Tradition Of Private Ownership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/car2go-vacates-uk-market-due-to-tradition-of-private-ownership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/car2go-vacates-uk-market-due-to-tradition-of-private-ownership/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834353 Car-sharing service Car2Go, whose ubiquitous blue-and-white Smart Fourtwos can be seen parked on the streets of many a major city, will leave the United Kingdom market today. Autoblog Green reports the Daimler-owned service is vacating its presence in London and Birmingham in the face of “the UK’s strong culture and tradition of private vehicle ownership.” […]

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Car-sharing service Car2Go, whose ubiquitous blue-and-white Smart Fourtwos can be seen parked on the streets of many a major city, will leave the United Kingdom market today. Autoblog Green reports the Daimler-owned service is vacating its presence in London and Birmingham in the face of “the UK’s strong culture and tradition of private vehicle ownership.” […]

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Can Car Sharing Work In Suburbia? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/can-car-sharing-work-in-suburbia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/can-car-sharing-work-in-suburbia/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=787705 20 lawnmowers. 20 internet connections 20 videos of The Lion King. Oh, and 60+ vehicles on one street. I recently delved deep into one of the more challenging ideas of the modern age: car sharing in suburbia. It’s an idea that many non-enthusiasts and city dwellers love. But is it a good idea for suburbanites […]

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20 lawnmowers. 20 internet connections 20 videos of The Lion King. Oh, and 60+ vehicles on one street. I recently delved deep into one of the more challenging ideas of the modern age: car sharing in suburbia. It’s an idea that many non-enthusiasts and city dwellers love. But is it a good idea for suburbanites […]

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Buys Canadian Car Sharing Service http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/enterprise-rent-a-car-buys-canadian-car-sharing-service/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/enterprise-rent-a-car-buys-canadian-car-sharing-service/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:13:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=783025 Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Canadian subsidiary is buying AutoShare, a Toronto-based car sharing company that has established itself as a successful competitor to Zipcar. While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, it follows last year’s takeover of ZipCar by Avis Budget Group. For now, AutoShare will be managed from Toronto, and operate under the AutoShare brand. According […]

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Canadian subsidiary is buying AutoShare, a Toronto-based car sharing company that has established itself as a successful competitor to Zipcar. While terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, it follows last year’s takeover of ZipCar by Avis Budget Group. For now, AutoShare will be managed from Toronto, and operate under the AutoShare brand. According […]

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Analysts: Peak Car To Arrive By 2020s http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/analysts-peak-car-to-arrive-by-2020s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/analysts-peak-car-to-arrive-by-2020s/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:54:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=756369 After a century of motoring, and with several factors rapidly changing the landscape, analysts are forecasting the peak of global automotive growth to come sometime in the 2020s. The Detroit News reports that as more people join the exodus out of suburbia into major cities, along with other factors such as pollution, gridlock, build quality […]

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After a century of motoring, and with several factors rapidly changing the landscape, analysts are forecasting the peak of global automotive growth to come sometime in the 2020s. The Detroit News reports that as more people join the exodus out of suburbia into major cities, along with other factors such as pollution, gridlock, build quality […]

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AlixPartners Study: Every Car Shared Means 32 Lost Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/alixpartners-study-every-car-shared-means-32-lost-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/alixpartners-study-every-car-shared-means-32-lost-sales/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=733337 According to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners, each and every car in the Zipcar or car2go car-sharing fleets means 32 lost vehicle sales. Based on a survey of 2,000 adults in 10 major cities who use car-sharing services, the report says that Americans would have bought an additional half million new or used cars […]

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According to a report from consulting firm AlixPartners, each and every car in the Zipcar or car2go car-sharing fleets means 32 lost vehicle sales. Based on a survey of 2,000 adults in 10 major cities who use car-sharing services, the report says that Americans would have bought an additional half million new or used cars […]

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Review: car2go Smart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-car2go-smart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-car2go-smart/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:03:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695041 There’s a new car sharing program in Columbus, Ohio called car2go (not capitalized). For $0.38/minute, smart cars are available for rent – fuel and insurance are included. They can be driven anywhere, but they have to be returned to a public parking space within the designated “home area”. The Columbus home area is essentially downtown, […]

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There’s a new car sharing program in Columbus, Ohio called car2go (not capitalized). For $0.38/minute, smart cars are available for rent – fuel and insurance are included. They can be driven anywhere, but they have to be returned to a public parking space within the designated “home area”. The Columbus home area is essentially downtown, […]

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Peer-to-peer car sharing services found lacking in substantial liability coverage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/peer-to-peer-car-sharing-services-found-lacking-in-substantial-liability-coverage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/peer-to-peer-car-sharing-services-found-lacking-in-substantial-liability-coverage/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625537 In cities where owning a car can be a pain (New York, Boston, Seattle), drivers are opting instead to share vehicles with other drivers, with companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go, RelayRides et al offering their services to help the public get around. All anyone needs beyond the basics is a subscription to the car-sharing service, […]

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In cities where owning a car can be a pain (New York, Boston, Seattle), drivers are opting instead to share vehicles with other drivers, with companies such as ZipCar, Car2Go, RelayRides et al offering their services to help the public get around. All anyone needs beyond the basics is a subscription to the car-sharing service, […]

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The Worst Drivers Are In ZipCars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-worst-drivers-are-in-zipcars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/the-worst-drivers-are-in-zipcars/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:41:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484415 I recently yelled at another driver. I know, I know: this is bad behavior. It’s even worse because I have a Range Rover, which makes you look like a total prick when you’re yelling at someone else on the road. Or, you could remove “when you’re yelling at someone else on the road” and that […]

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I recently yelled at another driver. I know, I know: this is bad behavior. It’s even worse because I have a Range Rover, which makes you look like a total prick when you’re yelling at someone else on the road. Or, you could remove “when you’re yelling at someone else on the road” and that […]

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Avis Budget Group Buys Zipcar For $500 Million http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/avis-budget-group-buys-zipcar-for-500-million/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/avis-budget-group-buys-zipcar-for-500-million/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:29:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472200 Zipcar, the leading player in car sharing in North America, is about to be acquired by Avis Budget Group for $500 million in cash. The rental car firm will pay $12.25 per share, a whopping 49 percent premium relative to Zipcar’s closing price on December 31st. Rivals like Hertz and Car2Go, a Daimler-backed car sharing service are […]

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Zipcar, the leading player in car sharing in North America, is about to be acquired by Avis Budget Group for $500 million in cash. The rental car firm will pay $12.25 per share, a whopping 49 percent premium relative to Zipcar’s closing price on December 31st. Rivals like Hertz and Car2Go, a Daimler-backed car sharing service are […]

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The Worst New Car I’ve Driven So Far http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/the-worst-new-car-ive-driven-so-far/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/the-worst-new-car-ive-driven-so-far/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:21:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440967 Being asked “what car should I buy?” occurs on a weekly basis for me, but I’d rather field that question every day than listen to the recieved wisdom of a magazine racer just once more in my life. The most recent inquiry came from my Uncle Maurice, a kind and generous man who provided my […]

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Being asked “what car should I buy?” occurs on a weekly basis for me, but I’d rather field that question every day than listen to the recieved wisdom of a magazine racer just once more in my life. The most recent inquiry came from my Uncle Maurice, a kind and generous man who provided my […]

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Rent Out Your Car Via Onstar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:21:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413721 Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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