Car-sharing company brings hourly vehicle rental service to Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce

TimeCar, an hourly car rental service, has opened a new location downtown, its fourth in Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: May 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm •  Published: May 17, 2013

Downtown Oklahoma City, already home to the growing bicycle share system Spokies, is getting a car share station like those set up at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and Crowne Plaza Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City.

TimeCar, launched on Thursday at NE 2 and Oklahoma in Deep Deuce, allows members to rent a car by the hour at any time of day.

With continued residential development in the east downtown neighborhood, TimeCar President Benny Jacobs saw Deep Deuce as a natural fit for his growing operation.

“It's currently the most densely populated downtown neighborhood and only becoming more popular,” Jacobs said. “You don't have to own a car to live there. Residents can easily bike, walk and now use car sharing.”

The operation will start with a Nissan Juke and Mazda 3 to be stationed in a parking lot across from the 2nd Street Lofts at Oklahoma Avenue and NE 2. Jacobs is in talks with Level developer Richard McKown to establish a more centralized, permanent location later this year.

Fleet includes a pickup

Oklahoma City University is the most popular of the current locations, and Jacobs recently added a third car there to accommodate his growing membership.

That fleet includes a pickup Jacobs said will be available to Deep Deuce members. He hopes to eventually add another location downtown and one in MidTown.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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At a glance

Membership gives access

TimeCar members pay a $25 application fee and a $50 annual membership fee, which allows them to reserve cars either online or by phone. Each member has a smart card that will unlock the vehicle and provide access to keys kept in a lockbox. Rates run $5 an hour between midnight and 7 a.m., and an average of $8.50 an hour during the day. Full-day rentals run $65 a day with a daily 200-mile limit on daily mileage before fuel charges are assessed.

To learn more, go to www.timecar.com

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