*This post is sponsored by Enterprise CarShare. All opinions are my own.*
The Sunday before my birthday, I had the opportunity to test out Enterprise CarShare. Enterprise CarShare is a car-sharing service that allows you to rent a car by the hour, day, or overnight. Here is Washington, D.C. they have cars parked all over the city and many locations within walking distance to my home. I simply open the Enterprise CarShare app on my phone and it's already set to my market in Washington, D.C. I have my location default as my current location. I select a date and time to start and end use of the vehicle and then select the type of vehicle I want. The app then searches for all available vehicles in my area (again, many that I can walk to from home) and allows me to make my reservation.
You might be thinking, "Why would you need to rent a car when you have one?" Well, as a DC resident, I hardly ever drive my car. I mostly walk, take metro, or Uber to wherever I'm going. I often think of selling my car. Sometimes, it feels like more of a hassle to have my car thanks to (a) street parking and (b) twice weekly street cleaning in my neighborhood which requires me to move my car to the other side of the street on certain days between certain hours. Street parking isn't exactly easy to come by in DC. I've only recently figured out the perfect time to move my car and find another good spot on the other side of the street.
There are so many benefits to using Enterprise CarShare! First, for Washington, D.C., you pay a one-time application fee of $25 and an annual membership fee of $40. Once you're a member, rates start as low as $5 per hour and $63 per day. Now that I'm a member, I can simply reserve a car on those rare occasions when I need to use a car. And you know what automatically comes with your membership and car use that doesn't come with my car? Fuel. You don't have to pay for fuel. *insert praise hands* What else do you get? Roadside assistance. Did I ever tell you about the time that I kind of forgot to drive or ever start my car during winter for like a solid 2-3 months and the battery died (no street cleaning in winter)? Yeah. That happened. Don't have to worry about that with Enterprise CarShare. Not only that, but I can choose a different vehicle every time!
So, for this trip I picked up two of my friends in D.C. for my pre-birthday brunch at Due South. There we met with another friend and enjoyed a delicious brunch. I recommend the Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuit. From there we headed to the National Harbor just across the border in Maryland for some ice cream and outlet shopping. I had planned to ride the Ferris wheel, but really, it was just too hot to be outside for long.
After I dropped my friends back off at their homes, I decided to take a drive by the U.S. Capitol to cap off my pre-birthday fun. After a quick stroll, I returned the Nissan Rogue back where I picked it up and my rental was over. This is where I tell you about the best part of Enterprise CarShare. There are dedicated parking spaces in DC for the Enterprise CarShare cars! I don't have to worry about finding street parking nor do I have to worry about the street cleaning schedule. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area or if you are in any of the other areas that have Enterprise CarShare, I highly recommend that you check it out and see the special promos that they are running: U.S. only applicants here and Canada only applicants here.