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UCarShare is a car-sharing service owned by U-Haul that competes with Zipcar by operating a handful of vehicles in the Portland area.

Because UCarShare charges a low hourly rate plus a per-mile charge, it can be cheaper than Zipcar for people who live near its vehicles and tend to make trips of a few miles or less.

Availability and rates

In August 2010, UCarShare operated 10 cars in the Portland metro area, with three in the PSU area, one near Lewis & Clark College, one at Linfield College in McMinnville and several at other spots around Portland. All rented for $4.95 per hour plus 49 to 59 cents per mile.

For longer trips, UCarShare caps its fees at a fixed maximum hourly rate. As of August 2010, the maximum hourly rates for Portland cars were $9.25 or $9.50, slightly cheaper than or identical to the equivalent Zipcar hourly rate.

At the time, UCarShare also charged $25 per year, half of Zipcar's $50 annual rate.

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