Business & Tech

Zipcar will now let you rent a car for the work week

Wiqan Ang/Globe Staff

Zipcar Inc. is launching a new program that sounds more like a leasing service than the Boston-based company’s typical on-the-go rental offerings.

The company, which is owned by rental giant Avis Budget Group, will allow members in eight cities, including Boston, to pay a monthly fee to have exclusive use of a vehicle during the workweek.

The fee differs by city, but in Boston it will be $249 a month, allowing the user unlimited access to a vehicle between 5 a.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. on Friday.

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The idea is to entice people who would prefer not to own a car but feel they need one for work, such as “reverse commuters” who live in the city but work in the suburbs, said Zipcar spokeswoman Lindsay Wester.

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Users will also pay a per-mile fee of 45 cents, which could add up fast. A 20-mile round trip daily commute, for example, could cost the driver an additional $200 a month.

But Wester said the service is still cheaper than owning a car because Zipcar covers the costs of gas, insurance, and maintenance. Plus it guarantees a parking spot for downtown denizens that may otherwise be costly or difficult to find, she said.

Adam Vaccaro can be reached at adam.vaccaro@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.