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Forget the Zipcar Deal: Rent a Car Cheaper with Peer-to-Peer

Avis Budget's purchase of Zipcar embeds the car rental company in the heart of the fast-growing car-sharing business. But the more interesting and price-friendly trend in car rental is being powered by companies that don't own any vehicles at all.

Avis Buying Zipcar in Deal Worth Nearly $500 Million

Avis is buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, expanding its offerings from traditional car rentals to car sharing services. Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, has more than 760,000 members. It went public in 2011.

Disney's Turnstiles Are Clicking Ahead Faster Than Its Studios

Disney posted mixed quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed just 3%, while net income soared 18%. But perhaps the most surprising nugget for Disney is that, of its five segments, theme parks continue to be its fastest growing segment.

Earn Some Gas Money With Your Own Rent-a-Car Program

With help from companies like RelayRides, Zimride, SideCar, JustShareIt and Getaround, you can rent out your idle car to people who need a short term vehicle. So while you're at work, at a movie, or out of town, your car can make money to offset the cost of car insurance, gas, and car payments instead of sitting in a garage.

BP's Prediction: Your Old Car Is Almost Obsolete

When a major oil company predicts that the era of gas-powered cars is coming to an end soon, the rest of us might want pay attention. According to BP, you've got maybe 18 years left before your car is obsolete -- and probably a lot less than that.

Will Discount Deal Lovers Pay to be Groupon VIPs?

Active Groupon users now have a way to sweeten their relationships with the daily deals leader -- but it's going to cost them. Groupon is rolling out Groupon VIP, a program where deal chasers pay $29.99 a year for enhanced benefits on the site.

Car Sharing Picks Up Speed: Should Detroit Be Worried?

Car sharing is sweeping the nation as companies cash in on the largely immobile nature of automobiles. Whether it's through a company-owned fleet or by encouraging neighbors to let each other borrow their wheels, it has never been easier to get by without a car.

5 Surprising Ways to Find Extra Cash in Your Budget

When traditional financial advice doesn't fit your situation, get creative and save money by ignoring conventional wisdom. Here are five savings strategies that may seem counterintuitive -- until you add up the dramatic results.

5 Things to Watch Next Week on Wall Street

News items to watch next week include Groupon's long-awaited IPO, the release of Take-Two Interactive's Grand Theft Auto V, Dunkin' Brands second-ever quarterly report, and more from car rental companies to satellite radio.

Car Rental Stocks Will Drive You Off the Road

After 18 months of letting potential buyers kick its tires, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group announced that it's no longer for sale. This is bad news for Hertz, which seemed to be the last bidder standing after Avis Budget dropped out. The operators' loss is naturally the consumers' gain, and trends look ominous for this industry going forward.

Vacation Homes, Cars, Jets: Why Buy When You Can Share?

Asset sharing has become a popular theme on Wall Street. There was no shortage of demand when HomeAway and Zipcar went public, and a second-wave of companies, led by airbnb, is currently attracting considerable interest from venture capital firms. Plus, private airplane firm NetJets is owned by a certain oracular billionaire's holding company.

Starbucks CEO Invites Concerned Citizens to Chat

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has grand plans to cut through the partisan noise and remind our country's politicians of their problem-solving duties: On Tuesday, he's hosting a gigantic, public telephone town hall, and asking all "concerned Americans" to join his movement and participate.

Next Week's Big News: Cable TV, China.com, More

Plenty of big names are set to report their earnings in August, including the country's largest cable and satellite television providers, several of China's leading dot-coms, radio giant Sirius XM, car rental companies Zipcar and Avis, and the two biggest video game developers.

Zipcar Revs Up for Its IPO

Zipcar Inc., the car-sharing company that rents rides for as little as an hour, is expected to get a warm reception from Wall Street for its planned...

Zipcar Offers Rides in Plug-In Prius -- and Feedback for Toyota

Zipcar members in San Francisco, Portland and Boston can try out Toyota's Prius plug-in hybrid, providing valuable info to Toyota before rolling the cars out to consumers in 2012. And Zipcar gets another way to make its greenhouse-gas conscious-customers happy.

Car-Sharing Company RelayRides Open for Business in San Francisco

Watch out ZipCar, the car pool is back. RelayRides, a startup that lets people make money by sharing their cars with strangers, opens for business in San Francisco today, according to Bloomberg News. Google Inc (GOOG) is backing the company through its venture arm.

Zipcar Faces a Bumpy Road After Its IPO

Zipcar's 400,000 customers -- its "zipsters" -- have earned it $131 million over the past decade, which makes the company sound like a nice success story, and its upcoming IPO seem like a good buy. But check under the hood and that hip ZipCar stock starts to look a little more like a lemon.

Charity workers drive for free

As a way to help San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits survive the recession as fewer people donate, the Zipcar car-sharing service is letting charity...