Rental Cars Available on MU Campus

8 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Thursday, August 26 2010 Aug 26, 2010 Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:22:43 AM CDT August 26, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - MU now offers a car rental program for students through Enterprise. Whether it's a Wal-Mart run, or a quick trip to the mall, MU students who don't have access to a car can now make the trip. Several organizations have partnered with Enterprise to bring the "WeCar" rental service to campus.

WeCar is a car-sharing program started in 2007 as a sector of Enterprise's Rent-A-Car business rental program.  The program is used primarily in Universities, corporate and urban areas.

Mizzou Public Relations Manager, Michele Froese says the idea to bring WeCar to MU came about when Missouri Student Association and Graduate Professional Council were tossing around the idea to have a convenient service where students could borrow cars.

Located outside of the MU Bookstore and designated spots behind Memorial Union the fleet of cars wait for the next customer, with custom WeCar signs.

In the fleet of four there are two hybrid cars and two sedans. Students can complete the process online where they are given an access code to the car after they make their reservation. This code then allows them to access the car at any time, which means they don't have to pick up keys from a certain location.

The car is ideal for those who do not have a car. Freshman Laine McCall finds it especially appealing.

"If I had someplace to be and I couldn't get a ride from anyone I'd definitely give this a try."

MU sustainability office also partnered with the Missouri Student Union, in hopes that the program will get more people to carpool. Car pooling can help with getting more cars off the road, to reduce congestion on campus as well as making MU greener.

"We've been told that with the car sharing program that one shared vehicle can result in 15 to 20 cars being taken off the road and so we think that its kind of a win-win. It's very cost neutral and doesn't cost the University anything to run this program," says Froese.

For students to rent the cars they must have insurance and pay a $35 membership fee, in addition to an hourly rate of $8. Froese says depending on the response from the students, in the future they could possibly increase their fleet number to accommodate more students.

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