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Why Road Infrastructure in America is always Crumbling

Economics of Roads

Nearly all road building and maintenance comes from general indiscriminate taxes. Gasoline taxes and tolls pay for only a third of state and local road spending. As a result various industries take advantage of it and use in a very inefficient way. For example the land based freight industry in America is bigger than rail however it is nearly 10 times less efficient. So why is it like this? The answer is; free roads. An 18 wheeler truck causes enormous wear and tear on the road compared to a passenger car but they pay basically the same amount for use of the road.

Buses and trucks use up a higher share of road wear and tear and space per gallon of gasoline/diesel then private passenger cars.
A higher gas tax is not the answer. In Canada for instance only 40 percent of the heavy gas tax even goes to road infrastructure spending. Also many cars and trucks in the future won’t even use gasoline. Tesla’s Semi runs on electricity and won’t even require a driver which might make trucking as efficient as rail. However the Semi will only be able to compete against rail because it doesn’t have to pay for the roads.
Higher tolls wont work because its impossible to put tolls on inner city roads and small highways. If you made the drivers on the toll road pay closer to there actual usage they would end up driving on the non toll roads.
Another strain on the road infrastructure is that it isn’t efficient for larger populations. American cities are growing by leaps and bounds and are very overcrowded for American standards. The American road system cannot possibly provide infrastructure for the growing number of vehicles. Basically its relatively cheap and easy to maintain a huge road system such as America as long as theres only light to medium usage.
The only solution is a tax system where only those who use the roads pay according to how much there use costs. Perhaps one day a digital system could measure the weight and space of each car and tax that directly. Until then we can expect road system to always be basket case for governments to neglect.

AAMCAR car rental is cheaper than Uber

Anyone who’s been to New York knows that every corner of the city has something new and exciting. Many people who visit New York believe that driving is not an option, and that New Yorkers only public transit or taxi. This may have been true in the past, but this is simply no longer. For a cheaper alternative to Uber and a more convenient and personal alternative to the subway, use AAMCAR, a car rental company.

AAMCAR has two locations in New York City:

96th Street 315 West 96th St New York, NY 10025-6108 212-222-8500
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181st Street 506 West 181st St. New York, NY 10033-5101 212-927-7000

AAMCAR has 30 years of experience providing affordable and flexible car rentals across the New York area. They boast one of the most trustworthy reputations in vehicle renting.

No matter what you needs, from a van to sedan, an SUV to a moving fan, AAMCAR has you covered.

So what makes AAMCAR different from the rest?

It is affordable, without any hidden costs. Most car companies look affordable on the surface. That is until they slap you with hidden costs non included in the original quote. But with AAMCAR, what you see is what you pay.


With car sharing services such as Uber and Lyft sweeping the nation, it is easy to see how and why Americans are conflicted on how to get around. However, with AAMCAR, there is no question. Have the convenience of your own car to chauffeur you and your companions around on your own time to your own destination. Or use AAMCAR to move!

AAMCAR is proud to offer both moving and cargo vans so that you can get your prized possessions safely from point A to point B. AAMCAR is unique from other car rental companies in that it is one of the cheapest car rental centers available while still being of the highest quality.

There are a large range of vehicles offered by AAMCAR, depending on your needs and specifications. AAMCAR’s vehicle rentals include economy, compact, full size, mid-sized, minivans, cargo vans, SUVs, and moving vans. If one is more specifically interested in the car’s make, AAMCAR offers the Nissan Cube, Ford Mustang, Ford Explorer, and so many more. If you are travelling with a large party, AAMCAR is proud to offer a 15 Passenger Van so that everyone can participate and no one gets left behind. This 15 Passenger Van Rental is one of AAMCAR’s most popular options and is most often used for large parties, large families, and everything in between. AAMCAR also offers luxury cars to make your getaway even more special.

AAMCAR is proud to offer certain services to enhance the rental experience. Conveniently located on the upper west side, AAMCAR offers late drop off hours, late model sedans, accepts debit cards, most foreign licenses, and also speaks Spanish. Nobody wants to be stranded without any means to get around, pay high Uber prices, or be stuck on the ever unreliable public transit system. There is only one answer: AAMCAR Car Rentals.




It is much easier to rent a car in Manhattan than it is to rent a Cargo Van
Not all car rental companies offer vans that are sometimes necessary to tranport bigger things like furniture, change apartments, etc.

Cargo Vans take up more space,their dimensions are different and they do not pass through all garage openings. Aamcar Car Rental offers both Cargo Vans and 15 Passenger Vans at both locations. (More about our Passenger Vans another time).

The good news is that you can drive a Cargo Van with your regular license but you will have to observe a few laws. You won’t be able to drive on Parkways or on any thoroughfare that specifically forbids Commercial Traffic. That should not deter you from renting one from Aamcar Car Rentals. We will get you on your way and explain your easy alternate routes.

Another thing to keep in mind is the rule forbidding the parking of a Cargo Van overnight on the streets of the city. For that reason we are open for returns till 11.30 pm at our 96th street location, and open 24 hours for returns at our 181st street location. It is important to call Aamcar and make a reservation, should you need a cargo van. The beginning and end of the month are often sold out in advance because many people are moving those days.Then there are times where our commercial customers have extensive need  for Cargo Vans (Christmas, for instance).

Long weekend trips

The last of the winter months seem to draw out like no other.  After the holidays are over, the city seems bleak with snow and ice everywhere.  However; a short road trip to some of the most amazing ski resorts on the Eastern Seaboard can be nourishing to the soul.  Ski season is almost over but there are many beautiful slopes all over the east coast to take advantage of. Last weekend to celebrate the long weekend, a bunch of friends decided to go to Vermont.  We decided to go to Stowe ski resort.  I was tasked with finding an SUV that would fit all five of us and keep us within the budget.  My first stop was AAMCAR, the company I use right next to my house on the Upper West side.  I checked their web-site and found exactly what we needed but the price was a little higher.


Some of the rental locations in LGA airport were offering the same type of vehicle for $50 cheaper.  I called AAMCAR and spoke with the agent who said that normally they would match the rate but they were almost sold out of the vehicles so the best he could do was meet me half-way.

Now, I must digress here.  Anyone who lives in Manhattan knows the travails of going to any of the area airports.  It is expensive, time consuming and generally not worth it unless you are actually going to the airport to leave NY. So it was a no brainer for me.  I made the deal and we had a wonderful time in Vermont.  The resort was amazing, the route was scenic and safe because of the all wheel drive vehicle.

I was especially happy when we got back that night and I was able to drop off the vehicle and be in bed all by midnight.  Definitely worth the trip and it was a very smart decision to do some comparison shopping before deciding on AAMCAR!

How to rent 15 passenger van?

Planning a team office activity or have a great big family? Your great journey begins with renting a rent 15 passenger vans!
Easy handling and spacious, a passenger van is comfortable enough even for g trips or simply for shuttling passengers between destinations.

Make sure you have the seats and luggage space you need when planning your event.


Tome Harley

Rented a 15 passenger van at AAMCAR and had no complaints. I’ve used several van-rental companies in NYC in the past, and nothing compares to AAMCAR!
Great price, and the van was in good shape.

Sarah Levin

AAMCAR is Easy to work with. Great vans. Gets the job done. Henry in the fron desk is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend using AAMCAR for all your van rental needs.

AAMCAR features Ford Clubwagon:

Number Of Passengers Luggage Capacity Doors Transmission Stereo Air Conditioning
15 3 4 Automatic FM Dual A / C

Spring has arrived. Time for weekend travel

It’s finally here! After a blustery winter season in the tri-state area, spring has arrived! And this sSpring-has-arrivedeason is the best time for weekend travel, whether it’s to the Hamptons, to rural Connecticut, to upstate New York, or anywhere else you feel like getting away to for your idyllic weekend in the countryside. But before you hop into your friend’s beaten up old car for the long car ride into the country, consider renting a sleek and exciting sports car or sedan for your weekend getaway in the New York area.

Yes, it’s true, of course; any car will get you from Manhattan to the Hamptons, but if you’re looking for a memorable vacation, do it right, and don’t cut corners on your driving experience! Driving through Manhattan and out into the New York countryside is the perfect time to grab a sporty or luxurious car and enjoy your time on the road, even if it’s only for a couple days.

Offering both competitive rental rates and very courteous service for more than 30 years, AAMCAR can provide you with the vehicle you want for that long weekend road trip. Whether it’s a Ford Mustang convertible, with which you can leave the top town and feel the wind zipping by as you leave the city, or whether it’s a higher performance car, which will give you the speed and agility you’d love to have on the country roads, AAMCAR is there to help you make your long weekend trip as exciting and memorable as possible. So if the springtime season is beckoning you to hit the open road, do it in style and visit one of AAMCAR’s locations, and start your vacation season now!

Impress your date with stylish wheels

Impress your date with stylish wheelsThere are many ways to impress a woman – and one of them is to turn up at her apartment door to take her out on a date with some of the smartest wheels she’s ever seen. Failing that, a pretty stunning looking car rental in NYC will do.

Here at Aamcar in the Big Apple we’re pleased to say we certainly have NY car rentals that will do the job as far as guaranteeing a smile on your date’s face. These range from a smart and compact Mitsubishi Mirage to a two door Ford Mustang and a five seat Jeep Cherokee SUV.

One to one intimate driving

The more comfortable and smart-looking the car rental, the more your new date is going to want to be happily cruising around downtown in that palace on wheels of yours. After all – she might spot some friends that she wants to show off too, and then again, so might you. No-one needs know, after all, that it’s a NY car rental and not your own (including your date – at least not until you get to know one another a bit more).

What’s more, your date may love driving around so much that she doesn’t want to go to that fancy restaurant you had planned on taking her to (which means you have already offset the cost of hiring the car rental in the first place!).

A party on wheels

But then again, maybe there’s more than one woman you want to impress? For instance perhaps you and your buddies are planning on more of a party with a handful of dates? If so then the 15 passenger NY passenger van rental would definitely be more your scene. It would certainly be comfortable enough to take you all to your final destination without anyone getting annoyed because someone is squashing their big toe or sitting on their new skirt and crushing it (we’ve personally been there, you see!).

The larger rental vans come in a wide variety of smart colours and are perfect for a crowd – thanks to the fact they’re so spacious inside. They also tend to have a pretty funky music system so excellent for entertainment value too.

Another great thing about going with a group is that although you are the designated driver, it doesn’t mean that you will be footing the bill. In other words, hiring a 15 seat passenger van with a handful of you chipping in for the cost will work out so much less expensive for everyone in the long run, giving you more cash left to spend on eats and drink.

 Under age car rental

Hiring a NY car rental with us here at Aamcar is fine – providing you have a licence and are old enough to drive. We’d also like some proof of responsibility ie that you have driven regularly before and that you are prepared to pay additional insurance cover.

If you’d like more information about these extra charges then do feel free to give us a call and ask at any time. We’ll happily explain them. Meanwhile, why not take a look through our New York car rental firm Aamcar website to see if there is any vehicle in particular that takes your fancy?

You’ve locked your keys in your NY car rental vehicle!

You have locked your keys in your NY car rental vehicleLet’s face it, locking the car keys actually inside the car is something we’ve all done (or at least most of us have) at some stage in our lives. How much worse though if the car happens to be an NYC car rental vehicle and therefore one for which we don’t automatically have a spare key in our handbag or back in a drawer at home?

And isn’t it always the way that you’re in a nightmare location – and a ridiculous hour of the night – when this scenario occurs? It is in our experience anyway.

Meanwhile, what should you do when you lock the keys inside the car? There are several options of course. You could call try and open the car window with a coat hanger, try and unpick the car lock or call out an emergency road assistance team/the local garage. All of these are awkward and are going to take time. So what’s the best thing to do? Well read on…

Call the police

Chances are you’re in the middle of nowhere in a rural location or a tough part of town. It could be dangerous just standing around – especially if you are a female on your own (emergency break down companies always prioritize lone women). Call the nearest police station and tell them you’re worried and vulnerable. Chances are someone from there will be along to pick you up – and they may well have the know-how how to get into the NYC car rental and get the keys for you too.

Call the emergency road side team

You should be a member of an emergency road side team such as Allstate or AAA – especially if you already own a car of your own. The good news is that they will definitely come out to get you. They’ll also have the equipment to unlock your car and get the keys for you. The bad news is you may have to wait for them. If so, and you’re in a worrying location then it’s still fine to call the police and have them wait with you.

Give us a call here at Aamcar

We may very well have a spare key for the car or NY van rental you have rented and could come out and drop it off – provided you’re not hundreds of miles away from our location. Alternatively, if you are a great distance away then we can call emergency assistance on your behalf to make sure you’ll get home safe. Where we can, we’ll also make sure that you have alternative transport to allow you to finish your journey.

What to avoid

It may be tempting but it’s not a good idea to break into the rental vehicle by smashing a window or jimmying open the door. The reason for this is that it is going to turn out very costly in the long-run when it comes to replacing these items – especially if, as well as breaking the window, your intervention also results in the upholstery being ripped.

We hope the above has been helpful but obviously are keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen to you! At least if it does, now you know what to do. You can find out more tips and advice about car rental hire by taking a look through the rest of the posts on this blog or by going to our website at

There you’ll also be able to take a look through the type of vehicles we have for hire and find out – via an online calculator – exactly how much it will cost you before you even call us. Having said that, feel free to contact us any time.

What type of car rental in New York should you get?

What type of car rental in New York should you go for?As you’ll no doubt have discovered for yourself by now, New York is a busy city vehicle-wise. Downtown the roads are always full and it’s no wonder you’d rather take the subway or walk than risk your life driving. But there’s times when you need a car or van rental in NYC in order to get out into the country or go visiting friends and relatives. And that’s when car and van rental outlets like our own are invaluable. 

Trouble is though, if you’re not used to treating yourself and your family to a car or van rental in NYC, then how do you know what to ask for and even how to go about it in the first place? Well, read on and find out everything you need to know:

1.      Purpose. Why do you need a car or van rental? Is it because you’re taking the family on holiday for a week? Maybe it’s because you have an interview for a job in a place that it’s difficult to reach via public transport? And anyway you don’t want to have to carry your good suit around on the train where it will easily get crushed.

2.      Cost. How much are you willing to spend on a van or NYC car rental? Once you’ve decided the size of vehicle you’ll need for your purpose it’s a good idea to look around and compare prices. You’ll be surprised to find there is quite a difference between companies for car rentals in NYC. Don’t just check the actual hiring rate though. Also find out how much mpg you’ll get on the tank (this is particularly important if it’s a long road trip you’re planning on taking).

3.      Passengers. Obviously the more passengers you have then the bigger the vehicle you’ll need. Lots of car rental firms in New York now hire out passenger vehicles so this really shouldn’t be a problem for you. And, if it’s a long road trip you’re taking then the more space ever passenger has, chances are the less they’ll grumble – and as the driver that is certainly something worth taking into consideration!

4.      Weather. It’s always a good idea to check what the weather is going to be like when you’re taking your trip. That’s because winter weather often means using tires with a special tread on them. If it’s going to be extremely warm then you’ll want a car rental vehicle with a sun room or maybe even a soft top vehicle so you can soak up those rays on the open road while playing the music loud California-style.

5.      Duration. How long will your trip be for? This bullet point is similar to the passengers one above in that the more comfortable those you are driving with are, then the more pleasant your road trip. If it’s going to be for hours or days on end then it’s worth paying more for a bit of luxury such as first class air conditioning, back seat TV for the kids and a super-luxury stereo sound system for mum and dad.

Is there anything in the above list you’d like to know about it and that we haven’t covered here? If so we’d be happy to add it. That’s because at the popular NYC car rental serviceAamcar we like to go out of our way to make sure our customers are happy with our service. To date we are delighted at the number of repeat clients we have. If you’d like to know about our service then why not take a look at our website today at

Spring Break Tips for Car Rental

Last year we traveled to Orlando, Florida during Spring break.  The kids got perfect marks during the first part of the school year and this was my way of rewarding them.  Each kid wanted to take a friend so at final count we ended up with 11 people.  I priced the vacation packages that included airfare, hotel and car rental and it came out to over five thousand dollars!  I was starting to feel disheartened that maybe we couldn’t afford the trip.  While discussing this with a friend, she suggested that instead of flying, maybe I should consider driving.  I started thinking, we had 4 adults who can drive so why not check out my options of renting a 12 passenger van.  I called many different places and got prices that varied wildly.  They wanted to limit the mileage, charge exorbitant rates and in general left me confused because it seemed like there were a lot of “add-ons” after the fact.  I was telling my friend this and she suggested I contact AAMCAR.  She said she rented with them on a bi-weekly basis for off-site work related meetings.  She told me to ask for the manager, Henry and he would definitely be able to give me a comparable rate.


Well,  I am glad that I called AAMCAR.  My final cost for this rental was $1600.  Henry even encouraged me to contact my American Express credit card and add premium car rental protection to the card which cost me just $25 more and saved hundreds of dollars in purchasing additional insurance from the car rental company.  He even offered to remove the last seat of the 15 passenger van so we had ample room for luggage. 

After a very fun and exhausting trip, I did the calculation of the total cost of this trip.  I am happy to say that driving to Florida from NYC instead of flying, dealing with security for 7 kids cost me much less price wise and save us adults the headache.