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Offline CLEJoe

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #60 on: August 30, 2011, 09:39:39 AM »
It read it as CSU students get a special rate and that perhaps us regular folk will have to pay the regular rate...?

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #61 on: August 30, 2011, 09:44:33 AM »
It read it as CSU students get a special rate and that perhaps us regular folk will have to pay the regular rate...?

Contact them:
http://www.zipcar.com/csuohio/find-cars
1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227)
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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #62 on: August 30, 2011, 09:55:59 AM »
So if I want to join city wheels...  which I have been wanting to, but could not for a while because of tickets.... does this mean its not available or did Zipcar buy it out locally?

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #63 on: August 30, 2011, 10:04:52 AM »
This is the e-mail I received last Thursday from Ryan......

Friends,

Please forgive my sending an impersonal group message -- I'm hoping 
you can help us complete the "good news closing" of CityWheels Carshare.

I need to find buyers for four CityWheels cars by September 2nd (i.e. 
- WITHIN ONE WEEK).

If you know of email lists at work, etc where the announcement below 
would be OK to post, I would be grateful for your help.
These cars are in good shape, and are priced amazingly low ($1500-2000 
below bluebook value!) only because I'm pressed for time.

I would appreciate anything you can do to help spread the word this 
week.

Thank you!
Ryan McKenzie

P.S. - We're facilitating the entry of a much larger carshare into 
Cleveland -- which was our goal in starting CityWheels six years ago. 
Joy!

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[MESSAGE FOR DISTRIBUTION]

Cars For Sale In University Circle - This Week Only!

All are fuel efficient, well maintained, and in clean, attractive 
condition.
Newer tires, brakes and battery on the 2006 cars.

2009 Honda Fit Sport - $14,395
28K miles
Needs two tires

2006 Toyota Prius Hybrid - $12,195
88K miles. Barcelona Red w/ gray Interior
The hood has a dent

2006 Toyota Prius Hybrid - $12,995
80K miles. Barcelona Red w/ beige Interior
Needs nothing

2006 Scion xB wagon - $9,695
57K miles. Dark Cherry Red w/ black interior
Needs a muffler

These cars will be sold within the week (by the end of August).  If 
you're seeking a great deal on a nice car
and can purchase NOW, please contact me. Lots of pictures available on 
request, of course.
The cars are located in University Circle.

The prices are already thousands below bluebook value, so are fairly 
firm.  I will consider NEAR offers.


BACKGROUND INFO

These cars are being retired from CityWheels -- a small carsharing 
club my wife and I coordinated for the last five years.
Carefully screened members drove a few times per month for shopping, 
errands, appointments, etc.
Most were graduate students in medicine, nursing, law and engineering 
at Case Western Reserve University (i.e. - responsible, high-
performing people).
They didn't need to drive very often, so they shared a car instead of 
buying their own.

I bought each vehicle new from Motorcars in Cleveland Heights, and 
personally took them for all maintenance.
We are as honest as they come -- I will tell you everything I know 
about each car's history and upcoming needs.
No surprises.

They are priced so low only because we are disbanding the club -- we'd 
like to pay our creditors and finish up.
But they have all been solid, dependable cars and we would otherwise 
keep them for years more.

Contact me at ryan@mycitywheels.com or by tel/txt at 216.308.1059

Thank you,
Ryan McKenzie
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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #64 on: August 30, 2011, 10:29:34 AM »
Wow, interesting development.  Hopefully this move leads to more Zip Cars down the road.  I know there's an economy of scale issue with ZipCar operations, so I'm optimistic.

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #65 on: August 31, 2011, 11:25:37 AM »
Ford and Zipcar court college kids with high-tech Focus
By James R. Healey, USA TODAY

Money-losing car-share company Zipcar is putting 1,000 Ford Focus compacts into its college rental fleets on 250 U.S. campuses, giving Ford access to young potential buyers who might not try a Ford otherwise.

The move also lets Zipcar piggyback onto Ford's growing reputation as a tech-savvy automaker.

"The technology in the new Fords looks more like an android or iPhone," says Zipcar CEO Scott Griffith. Zipcar members, called "zipsters," are "early adopters, always on Facebook and other networks, always carrying smartphones the Ford MyTouch and Sync technology, they'll want to test it," thus boosting Zipcar rentals.

Read more at: http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/story/2011-08-31/Ford-and-Zipcar-court-college-kids-with-high-tech-Focus/50200916/1

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #66 on: November 08, 2012, 02:03:52 PM »
So now it seems there are only 3 Zipcars for all of Cleveland and they are all on the CSU campus?  I'd say this didn't turn out to be such a good thing after all.

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #67 on: November 08, 2012, 03:09:13 PM »
I've noticed that too when scouting out transport options for weekend trips.  I'm surprised there isn't demand enough for some cars at University Circle.  Though I think there may be some age restrictions on zipcar membership and I'd guess virtually every grad student at UC has his or her own wheels. Given the high cost of education, it constantly amazes me how much students spend on private cars, but I guess it's still scene as a lifestyle necessity in most places.

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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #68 on: November 08, 2012, 10:23:46 PM »
I'm surprised there isn't demand enough for some cars at University Circle. 

Enterprise Rental Car has their WeCar car-sharing brand at UC, but it's for CWRU students and faculty. I do not believe it's for the general population but I wonder how closely they enforce this. After all do they really want to deny themselves extra business?.....

http://www.wecar.com/join-wecar/program-details/case-student
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Re: Car-sharing services in Greater Cleveland
« Reply #69 on: November 20, 2012, 09:35:22 AM »
^Thanks KJP, that's good to hear, I didn't know about the Enterprise cars.  One of the best parts of zip car is having access to the whole fleet in the city (or the country, really), so it's kind of a bummer CSU and CWRU are using different companies, but still good news the option exists for the Case community.

I know bike sharing is the new glamour project, but for me, car share operations are a much more significant amenity, especially in a city like Cleveland where trips to the burbs are still somewhat of a necessity due to limited retail options.  I can buy a bike for a couple hundred$, but being able to live without a car is serious savings.