Win a Zipcar Membership for a Year + 250 Hours of Driving Time!


As the Zipcar posters all around NYC point out, “Sometimes, you just need a car.” So true! Even if you are car-free most of the time, there are still those times…..

If you’d like to win a Zipcar membership (valued at $75), PLUS 250 free hours of driving time, just sign up for our newsletter and leave a comment below about where you would go in your Zipcar! (We’re going to check that the winner has done both so make sure you leave a fun comment AND get on our twice-monthly newsletter list!)

Why all the generosity? Well, Zipcar and Ford are excited about their new partnership and want the world to know that they are a couple now (haha!). Adorable! You can wish them congrats on their Facebook page instead of sending flowers 🙂

If you’ve heard of carsharing, but have never tried it, here’s the deal: You sign up for a membership (yes, you have to have a driver’s license!), reserve online, and then you go to Zipcar locations – they’re all over the place – and pick up a car for an hour or a daytrip to the Catskills (180 miles comes with the rental). Either way, you get charged one flat rate per hour you use the car, which covers everything, from gas to insurance. It works throughout the US and around the world in international locations (Canada and the UK) too.

Contest ends at midnight EST on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

In the interests of full disclosure, Zipcar and Ford have extended the same deal as the giveaway above to me as a thank you for running this contest, but I’ve been a fan of Zipcar for ages now (I love the idea that you can give up your car but still have wheels when you need them – very green and practical too.)

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.