Living in NYC my entire life, I have never needed to buy a car. I have always managed to get around by using public transportation and the occasional yellow cab. Recently, my Aunt became ill and I needed to travel to Monticello in upstate New York. I tried several car agencies in Manhattan, but none of them compared to AAMCAR Car Rental. The rates were extremely reasonable and the service was impeccable. Most importantly, they carry Garmin GPS Navigation devices. If you have never used a GPS to get around, you simply must start. It essentially saved my trip. I’m the type of person that gets lost finding the bathroom. The GPS was so precise and easy to use that I couldn’t believe it. Not to mention that AAMCAR only charges $6.00 per day. These GPS devices go for well over $250 dollars at stores like Best Buy and Circuit City. Just when I thought my whole trip would be one long, expensive headache, I was proven wrong. There is no need for Tylenol tonight!
I rented a car two days ago in New York City. I was surprised when the agent offered me an EZ pass option. Being from the mid-west, I was not familiar with the toll system in the east coast. Apparently, one has to pay tolls on some bridges and highways for the “privilege” of using them. I declined to use what the agent called the transponder thinking I would just pay cash. Traveling to New Jersey for business, I had to pay cash on the turnpike. The line for cash was about the same for EZ pass so I was happy with my decision of declining the option.
That is of course until I got to the George Washington Bridge to enter back into New York. Wow, is all that I can say. The cash lines were three times as long as the EZ pass lines. After a long day of meetings, I was kicking myself for not spending the $1.50 for renting the EZ pass. Trust me, if you are planning on traveling out of New York and coming BACK, take the option.
Currently, only AAMCAR car rental in NYC provides this benefit. Getting a receipt for re-reimbursement is also a breeze. Just log onto the Highway Tolls administration’s web-site and you can print a receipt directly from there.
Now is the time to schedule your car rental trip. The independent companies are reducing their rates to adjust for the seasonal decrease in demand. So if at Hertz and Budget (two sites we checked today) you must pay close to $80.00 Base Price (before tax and any insurance) for a weekday in Manhattan for a small sub-compact car, you can get the same car for $39.95 a day with 100 free miles or $49.95 with free unlimited miles at many of the independent companies. CHECK RATES.
You would be surprised at the range of cars available from the independent companies. SUV’s as well as 15 Passenger Vans and a large choice of vehicles.
AAMCAR new car rental new york blog and recommendations will assist you when making car rental purchase decisions. Drivers of rental cars have to show drivers licenses and qualify for car insurance. Every state in the US has their own laws, statutes or criteria for driving licenses and car insurance. There are several different car rentals sizes and classes available:
Compact or Economy, Mid size, Ful size sedan, Sports cars, Minivans, 15 Passenger vans and 4 wheel drive vehicles.
Since gasoline prices are more expensive than ever, it is very important to rent a car that can safely fulfill your travel requirements.
AAMCAR car rental rents vehicles in increments of 4 hours, full day, week end specials, 3 and 4 day specials, month, six months, year, two and three year rentals.
There are 2 locations that rent vehicles: 315 West 96th St,NY, New York. and 506 West 181st St, NY, New York.
The majority of car rental locations are at airports. Some car rental companies offer reward programs offering discounts or bonus programs based on repeat car rental use. Ask your rental agent for details. Some credit cards offer rental car insurance discounts or coverage. It is important to verify your coverage before your rental.
Some hotel chains, airlines and web portals offer volume discounts for car rentals and they can be obtained on-site, through newspaper or broadcast or internet feeds. Many organizations offer membership rewards offering discounts for car rentals. They can be for company employees, volunteer organizations special interest groups, trade or industry associations, retirement or church clubs. AAMCAR offers discounts to members of AAA and/or AARP.
When shopping for car rentals always compare the prices on-site with print, broadcast and internet prices. Prices can differ online, in print or over the phone. Comparing prices will help you choose the best rate for your car rental.
My 2007, 10 day driving holiday from Manhatan to Lake Placid, Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha Vineyard, Rhode Island, Thousand Islands, Kingston and back to Manhatan was with a car rental. I combined a special in-store walk-in 3 day weekend price with a special 7 day internet offer and saved about 45% off of the regular daily car rental rate.
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