(Campus)Lifehacker: Returning Your Zipcar

We’ve all been there before: it’s 1 am, you’ve just returned from Newport, and you’re sitting in the driveway to the Power Street parking garage like an idiot because you can’t figure out how to return your rental car. In the words of a the greatest epic poet of the 8th century B.C.E, D’oh!

Okay, so maybe we haven’t all been there, but I sure have (and so has that confused looking girl I saw sitting in that Scion on the way over here). Allow me to explain the set of circumstances that now find you banging your head against the steering wheel. You’re asking yourself how you can read and comprehend Ulysses but can’t figure out how to lift the robotic arm at the parking lot entrance.  You were excessively bored one night in that prison secret gem they call Perkins with little to do and not enough weed or work. After exhausting your list of possible options, you and your fellow Perkinites decide to journey to Newport for a couple hours because, well, who doesn’t like an impromptu road trip?

Because it’s incredibly convenient (and strangely cheap in the late evening), you decide to put your Zipcar account to good use. You rent a bitchin’ Prius hybrid, since you’re a classy guy who cares about the environment (but not in the “feed me quinoa while we discuss South America deforestation” kind of way), and you’re ready to take I-95 by storm. After two hours on the open road, a quick stop at a BK drive-thru and brief mishap involving some roadkill, you’re back on College Hill, ready to return Ol’ Bessie to her place of residence with a kiss on the cheek and plans to call it a night.

There’s only one problem: no one in the car can figure out how to raise the arm at the lot entrance and actually enter the garage. You briefly entertain the idea of driving straight through the barrier, ponder leaving the car in the driveway with a note while making a run for it, and finally wonder if the BroPo might be able to help.

There’s an easier way. Though you’d think Zipcar would make sure it’s common knowledge, all Brown University Zipcars come equipped with a magical special card designed to lift that pesky boom and allow you to return your car without extensive property damage. The secret: it’s hidden in the passenger side sun visor. Didn’t know that? You’re welcome.

Praise the Zipcar gods, it’s a Chrismukkah miracle!

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1 Comment

  1. This is a great example as to why Zip Car should allow members to take one way trips.

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