Because UCarShare charges a low hourly rate plus a per-mile charge, it can be cheaper than Zipcar for people who live near its vehicles and tend to make trips of a few miles or less.
Availability and rates
In August 2010, UCarShare operated 10 cars in the Portland metro area, with three in the PSU area, one near Lewis & Clark College, one at Linfield College in McMinnville and several at other spots around Portland. All rented for $4.95 per hour plus 49 to 59 cents per mile.
For longer trips, UCarShare caps its fees at a fixed maximum hourly rate. As of August 2010, the maximum hourly rates for Portland cars were $9.25 or $9.50, slightly cheaper than or identical to the equivalent Zipcar hourly rate.
At the time, UCarShare also charged $25 per year, half of Zipcar's $50 annual rate.