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Many Americans receptive to car-sharing services

Posted On Thu, March 7, 2013

A new survey indicates that many of today's motorists would more than welcome the opportunity to drive a rental or participate in short-term car-sharing services if they knew that it would help them save money on commuting expenses.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the discount website CouponCabin, more than one in every three respondents - 35 percent - said they would consider using a rental car service to save on gas money.

They also cited several other potential reasons for why they would use one, including it being inexpensive overall, its convenience and as an alternative to public transportation. Respondents additionally noted that a rental car would be useful if they purchased something that required a large vehicle to move.

"Regardless of their car situation, many people are realizing the wide variety of benefits to short-term car-sharing/rental services," said Jackie Warrick, senior savings advisor for CouponCabin. "Not only do these services offer an inexpensive option for anyone to get around, they can make life easier and have a positive environmental effect."

The poll also found that many Americans believe rental car services can help lower the rate of volume on roads. Almost 70 percent of respondents said that renting a vehicle or using a car-sharing service could help reduce the prevalence of traffic jams.

The Harris poll found that of all U.S. adults, only 15 percent of motorists have used car-sharing services like ZipCar, Car2Go or Scoot.

Before using a rental car sharing service, motorists may want to ask about the company's insurance rates. Some providers may provide their own coverage policies. Additionally, some major insurers include rental car insurance in standard policies. This may be included in their auto insurance quotes.

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