What is Car Share?

Car share lets you borrow a car for a quick errand, a trip to Link light rail, an all-day adventure, and everything in between. You pick up the carshare car closest to you, drive it to where you want to go, and leave the car for the next person to ride.

Car share in Seattle is run by multiple private vendors, Turo and Zipcar. The fastest way to start riding is to download the company’s app, and follow the instructions provided.

How does it work?

There are three types of Car Share programs available in Seattle.

Assigned location Car Share

Zipcar is Seattle’s Assigned location car share provider. Members reserve a car or van via their app and the vehicle must be returned to the same reserved parking space. Insurance is included, additional coverage is not required. See their website for restrictions, service area and pricing.

Personal Car Sharing

Turo, allows one to offer their own vehicle for others to rent. Turo will dynamically set your car’s price based on market value, location, time of year, and other data sets to maximize your income and boost your listing’s competitiveness. If you prefer, you can manually set your own daily price. Restrictions apply, see their website/app for specific details.

  • Zipcars must be returned to the location where the car was picked up.
  • Drivers will be responsible for any tickets (parking or otherwise) while renting the vehicle.
  • All other road usage rules apply.


If you are involved in a collision and if somebody is injured and you need emergency assistance, dial 911. File a collision report online with the Washington State Patrol. Report the collision to the company and let them know if the bike needs to be repaired or removed from service.

If you are a bike share company and have questions or are interested in obtaining a permit please contact the SDOT Bike Share Program at bikeshare@seattle.gov. Residents with questions and comments may also email  bikeshare@seattle.gov.

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