Car hire in New York

By Traveller January 29, 2019
New York

Car hire in New York

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By Liz Traveller January 29, 2019

Hi, I'm coming to New York in June and we need to hire a car as we are driving up to Vermont after a few days in NY. We don't need the car whilst in NY so don't want to get one from the airport. We are staying on Columbus Avenue. Where would be the best place to hire a car from? Thanks!

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There are the usual car rental agencies - Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, etc. Also, they have Zip Car but I think you need to be a "member" for Zip. Their rental offices are usually located in the periphery of Manhattan like 10th or 11th Ave's. The usual rental rates and policies will apply. And yes, like everyone below has said, it'll be more expensive to rent from Manhattan but more convenient if you just want to pick up the car, load up your stuff and go.
Local January 29, 2019
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It is fiendishly expensive to hire a car in New York City, particularly Manhattan. I would suggest getting a metro north commuter train outside of New York and picking up/dropping off the car there. You can save a significant amounts of money on the car rental, and metro north is quite inexpensive. Information why only available online,
Local January 29, 2019
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Hey Liz-

If you're going out of the city anyway, it might be in your best interest to start by taking a northbound train from Grand Central either upstate or into CT, hire a car, and make the drive from there. I believe the rates are much less expensive once out of the city. You should check ahead, but most major stops on the Lines out of Grand Central have an adjoining car hire place.
Local January 29, 2019
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The major car rental companies all have locations throughout Manhattan. Hertz and Avis, for example, have locations very near Columbus Circle. You might pay a higher rate for returning the car to a different location (such as the airport) so check with the particular rental company about your options.
Local January 29, 2019
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Also locations in UWS depending on where on Columbus you are staying. Anyway, a quick search will give you the information you need.
Paul Local January 29, 2019
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Thank you Paul!
Liz Traveller January 29, 2019
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