By RealCar, the sponsors of this post
In New York City, renting a vehicle is often more economical and almost always more convenient than owning one. Up until recently, renting usually left a driver with one of two options: a luck-of-the-draw budget sedan, or showy specialty sports car with an even showier price-tag.
In the last few years, however, more and more options have become available for those drivers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort and quality when renting a vehicle at a competitive rate. For example, with luxury rental services provider RealCar, you can drive a premium, pristinely-maintained vehicle on-demand without the headaches and recurring costs of owning a car in the city.
A few clear advantages of renting instead of buying in New York City:
1. Save On Parking
With monthly fees for parking in New York City reaching parity with the cost of some small apartments, parking alone has become a significant cost in owning vehicle here. Depending on the garage’s location and amenities, it can run over $1000 per month just to park your car. Renting frees you of this potentially five-digit annual cost, letting you pay for parking only when — and where — you need it.
2. Save On Maintenance
Natural wear and tear is an inescapable fact of owning a car. Most car owners invest substantial time and money into the maintenance of their auto throughout its life. The more miles you put on, the more you can expect maintenance costs to swell and the more regularly your vehicle will require service.
New Yorkers are notoriously busy and simply don’t have time to worry about servicing their auto. Renting frees you of the cost and responsibility of maintaining a car, allowing a rental company like RealCar to handle that for you.
3. Save On Tax & Insurance
At nearly 9%, sales tax in New York City is no joke — especially on big ticket items like luxury cars. When renting, however, you only pay tax on the amount of vehicle you actually use. Insurance rates, while they’ve become more competitive in recent years, will still set you back a few thousand dollars per annum.
4. A New Car Every Time
By renting from a premium service provider like RealCar, every time you drive you’ll have a pristinely-maintained vehicle of your choice, complete with the latest safety features and technology.
5. A Different Car for Different Occasions
Owning saddles you with one make and model for years at a time, but what kind of vehicle you need can vary from season to season, occasion to occasion. A convertible is perfect for a couple in June, but a potential disaster for a family of five driving upstate in February. For functional business travel, a budget sedan might be all you need; but when you’ve got clients to impress, you’re going to need something better apportioned.
Is Renting Right For Me?
Renting may not be for everyone; but for those who don’t drive frequently, who need a different vehicle for different occasions, and who want to save time and money on parking and maintenance, it’s often a more convenient and economical alternative to owning. Now, with services like RealCar that offer door-to-door delivery and pick-up, and quality vehicles by brands like Porsche and Land Rover, it doesn’t have to be any less luxurious either.
Have you rented or owned a car in NYC? Share your experience in the comments below!
*A big thanks to RealCar for sponsoring this post and supporting Jessie on a Journey!