By Katie Karpowicz, RedEye
9:49 AM CDT, March 27, 2012
Looking to get around without getting tied into monthly car payments? There are several car-sharing options in Chicago. Here are a few.
Name of company: Exotic Care Share
Description: Take a cruise in that Ferrari you never could afford via this specialty car sharing service. Exotic Car Share specializes in higher end sports cars and offers three-day weekend and week-long reservations.
Founded: 2000 in Palatine, IL
Location: Palatine, IL (648 E. Northwest Highway)
Cost: Pay $250 for a 5-year membership. Three-day reservations are $990 ($1,440 for a Ferrari) and week-long reservations are $1,280 ($1,880 for a Ferrari).
Name of Company: IGO
Description: IGO was Chicago's first car sharing service. This non-profit pioneer strives to serve all of Chicago's neighborhoods and partners with the CTA to promote the benefits of car sharing. Pick the plan that suits your needs, apply for a membership, reserve you car, unlock it using your IGO smartcard, cruise away.
Founded: 2002 in Chicago
Location: Various locations throughout Chicago's north and south sides
Cost: $25 application fee; $50 one-year membership fee; hourly rates from $6.75/hour or $65/day. Some plans include a monthly rate.
Name of company: ZipCar
Description: ZipCar is a national car sharing service and serves most Chicago proper neighborhoods. Different plans and rates are available depending on how much you plan on using it. You can reserve a car at the nearest ZipCar parking space.
Founded: ZipCar was founded in Cambridge, MA in2000 but debuted in Chicago in 2006.
Location: More than 275 locations in 38 neighborhoods.
Cost: $25 application fee; $60 annual fee; rates starting at $7.75/hour or $72/day
Name of company: Hertz On Demand
Description: A subsidiary of the Hertz car rental company, this car share service provides 24-hour roadside assistance and guaranteed weekday availability. There's only one pick-up location in Chicago so far, but the free membership helps make up for it. And, unlike many car rental companies, you only need to be 18 years old to join.
Location: 181 West Washington 4th Fl.
Cost: Hourly rates from $5-$23; daily rates from $90-$280
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