U-haul has long been one of the top choices for people that needed a truck or trailer to move bulky stuff across town or across the country. You could easily pick up a moving van on one coast, load it up and drop it off on the opposite coast. Now the company is branching out into renting smaller transport for those that only need to move a couple of bodies - in the passenger seats, of course. U Car Share
has been operating for a while in Madison WI, Portland, OR and Portland, ME. The most recent branch just opened at the University of Berkeley in California.
Like ZipCar and other car sharing
services, users pay a $50 sign-up fee and then have access to cars at $9/hour for small cars and up to $14.95 for a van including gas and insurance
. People who are already members of another service can actually join U Car Share without having to pay the sign-up fee. Members can reserve a car online and get a smartcard that gives them access to the car. Every car has a gas card and members get a PIN so they can fill the car.
.com, U Car Share