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NFT: To Own or Rent A Car in the Upper East Side?

Rover : 1/8/2018 10:08 am
I'd like to bring my Jeep and just Street Park it in the UES or worst case scenario garage it in an outer borough.

I dont need the car daily, but for the first couple months its be nice to have something to pick up furniture in, drop stuff off in storage, and when I want to snowboard/visit people beyond the city.

Im getting **** from my family though. Wanted to ask:

1) For my purposes & location, does it make sense to bring it to start or not & just rent whenever?

2) Whats the best, cost effective place to rent?
-I saw enterprise car share, maven, and budget.

Frankly, I dont see how renting is cheaper than bringing my own vehicle-even if I had to spend $200 to garage.
I cant imagine car insurance being that high, moreso if I keep it registered in VA for the time being.
You new to NYC living?  
JonC : 1/8/2018 10:11 am : link
A vehicle in Manhattan especially is a pain in the ass, more trouble than it's worth, imo.
Rent when needed  
UESBLUE : 1/8/2018 10:16 am : link
ive lived upper east and west all my life here. Take my word for it.
Zipcar  
Pete in MD : 1/8/2018 10:19 am : link
is another popular car share service.
Lol  
MookGiants : 1/8/2018 10:29 am : link
At 200 to garage it. You’re in for a rude awakening
If u really want one  
spike : 1/8/2018 10:32 am : link
Garage it in the bronx

Short cab or subway ride to get it
My father has monthly parking in the upper east side, off of 1st ave  
Anando : 1/8/2018 10:32 am : link
$661/month.

if you are willing to invest the time to move your car around and find street parking every day, then so be it.
Doesn't matter what borough you live in ...  
Beer Man : 1/8/2018 10:36 am : link
Maintaining a car in NYC is expensive and a pain in the ass. You insurance rates go up, parking fees in Manhattan are insane, and opposite side of the street parking in the other boroughs is just a major pain. You do better to rent when you need a car.
RE: Rent when needed  
Section331 : 1/8/2018 10:43 am : link
In comment 13777857 UESBLUE said:
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ive lived upper east and west all my life here. Take my word for it.


Agreed. I lived in the UES a number of years ago, but left my car at my parents house in NNJ. It wasn't worth the hassle of street parking, not the expense of garage parking. Uber and car rental will be enough to get you by.
Here you go...  
Milton : 1/8/2018 10:45 am : link
This should help you make a decision.
We used to have a car in Brooklyn heights  
spike : 1/8/2018 10:45 am : link
You just have to be willing to sit in your car for an hour while they sweep the street and then move your car back in there for a week.

There will be days where ASP is suspended and you can leave it for two weeks unmoved

If you have regular working hours,  
Mad Mike : 1/8/2018 10:55 am : link
street parking isn't really feasible. You basically need to work from home or have very flexible hours to be able to move it around as spike suggests. And for garaging, as already pointed out, $200 is quite low. If you're willing to garage it in Harlem you might be able to find something for $300. Obviously not very convenient, but if you're only using it occasionally, that might work for you.

This site actually suggests there's something way up by the broadway bridge for close to $200. No idea how accurate it is, but it should give you some idea of what's out out there.
link - ( New Window )
Moved to the UES  
yupbjac27 : 1/8/2018 11:25 am : link
in 2010 from Upstate. Brought the now wifes car down and were planning on leaving at her aunt/uncles in jersey and using when needed. It was a nightmare of a process and there isnt much for street parking up there if we were to keep it in the city.

We ended up selling her vehicle and then using budget rental car on like 87th and lex/3rd most of the time moving forward. Just an FYI, they know they have you and you will pay for it.
when i lived in NYC, the first thing i did was get rid of my car.  
Victor in CT : 1/8/2018 11:35 am : link
who needs that headache?
RE: Lol  
Rover : 1/9/2018 10:29 am : link
In comment 13777890 MookGiants said:
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At 200 to garage it. You’re in for a rude awakening

Not in the UES, but in Brooklyn I have found a few garages if you don't want 24/7 access.

RE: Doesn't matter what borough you live in ...  
Rover : 1/9/2018 10:30 am : link
In comment 13777912 Beer Man said:
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Maintaining a car in NYC is expensive and a pain in the ass. You insurance rates go up, parking fees in Manhattan are insane, and opposite side of the street parking in the other boroughs is just a major pain. You do better to rent when you need a car.


I'd keep the car registered in my current state for the first year. I heard most people do that...
Looking at..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 1/9/2018 11:38 am : link
the NYC transit numbers:

32% have no car and just take mass transit or walk
24% have no car and rent
20% own car and pay outrageous fees to park it
18% own car and spend several hours moving the vehicle a week
6% are hermits that never leave the home

I know the best option here, but do you?
RE: Looking at..  
arcarsenal : 1/9/2018 11:39 am : link
In comment 13780013 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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the NYC transit numbers:

32% have no car and just take mass transit or walk
24% have no car and rent
20% own car and pay outrageous fees to park it
18% own car and spend several hours moving the vehicle a week
6% are hermits that never leave the home

I know the best option here, but do you?


Now you've put it into terms he can understand.
But how many think owning a car and taking mass transit  
Mad Mike : 1/9/2018 11:44 am : link
aren't really alternatives to one another, "rivals" if you will, but are really choices one can simultaneously embrace?
$200 per month  
UConn4523 : 1/9/2018 11:53 am : link
gets you a garage in Stamford which is 50 minutes from mid-town. You are going to spend 3-4x that for a garage in Manhattan. Can't possibly see how that's worth it.

Bring all your furniture in 1 shot and take mass transit to visit friends, renting a car if its the only way. You'll pay more in 1 month of parking than you will all year renting a car when you need it.
RE: $200 per month  
Rover : 1/9/2018 1:11 pm : link
In comment 13780034 UConn4523 said:
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gets you a garage in Stamford which is 50 minutes from mid-town. You are going to spend 3-4x that for a garage in Manhattan. Can't possibly see how that's worth it.

Bring all your furniture in 1 shot and take mass transit to visit friends, renting a car if its the only way. You'll pay more in 1 month of parking than you will all year renting a car when you need it.

I've seen garages in Brooklyn for $200 a month.
When I left Astoria 12 years ago  
lawguy9801 : 1/9/2018 1:45 pm : link
I was parking my car in a gated outdoor lot near the Triboro bridge for like $150 a month. Guessing rent has gone up quite a bit since then, but perhaps you can rent a parking spot in a similar lot, or even someone's driveway, in Queens for a reasonable (for NYC at least) rate and a reasonable subway ride home.
Yea,  
ManningLobsItBurressAlone : 1/9/2018 2:11 pm : link
I'm not sure $200 is going to be that easy to find for UES. I'm in Astoria now paying $150 a month for a private driveway, but got lucky through a friend. Craigslist average is around $275 for Astoria.

I lived in Hell's Kitchen prior, and used the car Monday-Friday so I was able to play the street parking game. I also lived by a school too, so it was no parking 8am-6pm M-F, which for me was perfect, as I was out of the spot by 730, and back in the area around 615. There were nights where I breezed and found a spot ASAP, and then frustrating nights where I spent north of 45 minutes searching. I'd imagine if not using it daily, it'd become a massive headache moving on the right days, then you have the weeks like we have now with snow all over causing more chaos.

Good luck.
Watch this first  
Gary from The East End : Admin : 1/9/2018 2:21 pm : link
...
Don't Even Think of Parking Here - ( New Window )
Random but I LOVE NYC drives on sundays  
DennyInDenville : 1/9/2018 2:32 pm : link
Always free parking everywhere too in all 5 boros

Only day I love NYC drives/trips

To the OP, if you love your car and love driving, it's worth the $$ to park it.

NYC is a scary place to move and it's different from
Everything else kinda, having your personal vehicle will be a nice comfort item for you if you like it a lot and don't mind Parking it 30 mins away by subway etc for $200 etc etc

These guys saying rent the car are logically correct, but it's a personal preference, some people love the freedom and comfort of knowing they have a vehicle ready and owned 24/7/365 parked close by.
There's no way $200 will get you parking on the UES  
Matt M. : 1/9/2018 2:36 pm : link
It will likely get you something in an outer borough.

I have a car in Brooklyn, with alternate side parking 2 days a week. I don't have to move the car those mornings; I find a spot that is good for the next alternate side day.

I don't get the people, like in that video, who sit in their car multiple days a week. Do they not work?
RE: There's no way $200 will get you parking on the UES  
Rover : 1/11/2018 1:14 pm : link
In comment 13780411 Matt M. said:
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It will likely get you something in an outer borough.

I have a car in Brooklyn, with alternate side parking 2 days a week. I don't have to move the car those mornings; I find a spot that is good for the next alternate side day.

I don't get the people, like in that video, who sit in their car multiple days a week. Do they not work?

Yes, Brooklyn.
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