Zipcar vs. Connect By Hertz: Borrow the Car Whenever You Want?

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Difference between Zipcar and Connect By Hertz

Car rental is big business nowadays, and no two companies better exemplify that than Zipcar and Connect by Hertz. Catering to the transport needs of thousands of people all over the country, such firms serve an essential need that we couldn't do without. In this comparison article, we take a look at what each company has to offer. 

Zipcar
Connect By Hertz

Profile

Zipcar is an auto-sharing firm that provides car reservations to its members, for which they are charged per hour or per day. The company was founded in 2000 by Antje Danielson and Robin Chase, and is now headed by Scott Griffith.

Connect by Hertz is the international car sharing club of The Hertz Corporation. It offers members access to cars without having to actually own one, and it has some of the newest and most environmentally friendly car options on the market. Members are charged hourly, daily or weekly fees.

Features

By December 2010, Zipcar had a selection comprised of more than 8,000 cars all over the United States. The company also has outlets in the United Kingdom, and a roster of more than 560,000 members all over the world. At any given time, Zipcar customers can chose from over 30 different car models.

All of the cars in the Connect lineup come with Eileo® technology, which provides customers with utmost security by way of a card that locks and unlocks the door with a single swipe. The technology also gives users the ability to converse with a customer service representative by way of an included communication system.

For a reasonable hourly or daily rate, Connect customers get gas, insurance, GPS features, roadside assistance around-the-clock, and 24-hour assistance. For every 24-hour rental period, customers also get 180 free of charge.

Main Differences

Zipcar and Connect by Hertz offer pretty much the same basic services with similar amenities, although Hertz has a clear edge in sheer number of cars. The company currently has more than 40,000 vehicles in service in New York alone, as compared to Zipcar’s 5,500 vehicles in 13 cities. Connect by Hertz can also be found in Paris and London, aside from New York, as well as in New Jersey, which is where the Hertz Corporation was founded. The company is currently undertaking steps to add 20 more outlets in cities across the United States, and 20 more in other countries around the world.

Summary

Zipcar

  • An auto-sharing firm that provides car reservations to its members
  • Customers are charged per hour or per day
  • Has 5,500 vehicles in 13 cities
  • Customers can chose from over 30 different car models
  • Has more than 560,000 members all over the world

Connect by Hertz

  • The international car sharing club of The Hertz Corporation
  • Has some of the newest and most environmentally friendly car options on the market
  • Members are charged hourly, daily or weekly
  • Has more than 40,000 vehicles in service in New York alone

 
 

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