More than one-third of U.S. car-sharing members live in New York City, renting cars by the hour or day.
ZipCar opened its New York City office in 2002, and now has approximately 3,500 rental cars in 400 across the city. In 2013, Avis Budget Group purchased ZipCar for $500 million.
Other New York companies include Carpingo, available only in Brooklyn and Queens and traditional rental car company branches hoping expand their offerings, including Hertz 24/7 and Enterprise Carshare.
RelayRides, a variant of car-sharing popular across the US, lets individuals rent out their own vehicles by the hour or day. However, RelayRides has been suspended in New York City indefinitely, as the company has been ruled non-compliant with insurance requirements.
New York City partners with ZipCar to run a special car-sharing program for municipal employees.
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