Unique car-sharing program arrives at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. - A new car-sharing program to reduce emissions, and the strain on your wallet has arrived at the Gonzaga University, but is available to all Spokane drivers.

Todd Dunfield is not a salesman; he's a Gonzaga staff member. But for the past six years, he's been selling the school and community on getting a Zipcar.

"You can reserve the cars from your iPhone, or online. An hour before you need them as long as somebody doesn't have the car booked," Dunfield said.

Zipcar at Gonzaga

The Zipcar program is for people who don't have a car, or just need one every once in awhile. There are now two cars on the north end of campus anyone can borrow. You just have to sign up for an annual fee, pass a background check, and then it starts at $7.50 per hour.

Once a member you just reserve a car, and then swipe your member's card on the windshield. That lets you in, the keys are inside, and with gas and insurance included, you're ready to go.

Students are already signing up.

"I feel like when I applied to colleges, people were like, you should go to a college with a Zipcar," Junior Kristie Slattengren said.

Part of the appeal is you only have to be 18 to use the cars, instead of 25 like most rental cars.

"I think it's a really cool program. I wish they had it my freshman and sophomore year. Like Todd was saying, picking people up from the airport or if you just need to run errands," Slattengren added.

The membership translates around the world, so you can use the program in other cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and London.

"It does take a culture of people who are respecting the car and working as a team," Dunfield said.

Dunfield said he's not selling the cars but promoting their message and accessibility.

"To me it feels like something out of the future that we have now on our campus," he said.

They could add more cars in the future, depending on demand.  If you want more information about how to sign up and use Zipcar, visit www.zipcar.com.