The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Zipcar (and Al Gore) Want Your Crappy Car

By Laura Oppenheimer in News on Feb 21, 2007 5:20PM

You know that extra car you have lying around? The one that only half works, requires lots of maintenance and doesn't get driven that often? Yeah, us neither (we rely on the lovely services of the CTA). But if we did, we would be pumped about an event that Zipcar is having next Monday, Feb. 26, at the Music Box Theatre called "Drive-In, Don't Drive Out."

2006_2_zipcar.jpgDrivers who bring in their old Pintos, Yugos and other clunkers for donation to Cars for Kids, a charity of Children's Memorial Hospital, will receive receive a $500 tax credit from the state, a lifetime Zipcar membership, and $250 in free driving credits from Zipcar. The first five Chicagoans to bring in their cars on Monday will also receive $500 in cash. We think it's a pretty sweet deal, especially since some old clunkers aren't even worth $500.

Attendees can also take in a screening of An Inconvenient Truth, so they can feel even more superior about their decision to abandon their driving ways. Additionally, the Commissioner of the Department of the Environment, Sadhu Johnston, will be on hand to talk about green Chicago and the effects of driving on the environment. Bad people who do not want to turn in their cars, but do want to lust after Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation-cum-movie, can attend as well. To do so, RSVP here with your name, number of attendees, and whether you plan to register to donate a vehicle.

Image via Zipcar.