Last year car2go came to one of our ANC meetings to present and agreed to provide a Promotion Code. I recently followed up and they graciously came through with a Code not just for our ANC area, but available throughout the District. Indeed, the terms of the Promotion Code they provided offers a cost free way to try the service.
If you go to the car2go sign up portal (see here) and enter "1CityAll8Wards0060" in the Promotion Code field, you will get the $35 registration fee waived for a free lifetime membership and 60 minutes of free drive time (if used within 45 days of account activation). After that, the standard 41 cents a minute (plus tax) charge applies. Gas, insurance and maintenance (as well as parking as described below) are all included. See here.
If this interests you, please note this Promotion Code expires on March 31, 2015.
For those not familiar with car2go, it is the system made up of those little blue and white smart cars. It offers the only point A to point B car sharing service in the District. (Unlike other car-sharing services, you do not need to return the car from where you picked it up.) See here.
Locating, reserving and starting a car2go trip is easy with the free car2go app. Reservations will hold a car for 30 minutes and there are no reservation/cancellation fees. You can also call their 24/7 customer support line or use the website to make a reservation. You can drive a car2go anywhere in the District and up to a 200 mile radius outside of DC. Parking in DC at a DDOT operated meter is FREE as long as it is in an unrestricted, curbside, street parking zone and parking in ALL residential zones is permissible too. The green 2 hour restricted signs do not apply to car2go’s but the red/white signs such as the rush hour restricted signs do apply to car2go. For the car2go parking rules, see here.
The more people using car2go in an area, the more they can be conveniently found in that area. For us, it has not become a primary mode of transportation, but is an option that is always there adding enormous convenience and as such has changed our calculus about whether and, if so, when to buy a new car.
It is really great that car2go is providing this cost free opportunity to try their service, a service our family has very much enjoyed.
Again, the Promotion Code is "1CityAll8Wards0060" and it expires March 31, 2015. All the best,