Dude, Where's My Car?

Car Rental Options for the Summer


You love NYC, but it gets steamy in the summer—and not the good kind of steamy. Everything smells like stale urine, the humidity squeegees your shirt to your chest by 9:20, and the bars are empty because the hotties have skipped town. It's time to get the hell out of dodge, but there's gotta be a smoother way than the Jitney, Hertz, Tel-Aviv or the NJ Transit...

With ZipCar's car-share, pay a $50 annual fee to reserve your Prius, Mini-Cooper or BMW online ($12/hr or $95/day on weekends—you don't pay for gas). Walk to the E-Z pass-ready car (they're conveniently parked all over the city), swipe your ZipCard (mailed a week after signing up) over the windshield—and off you go.

For a step up, Action Car Rental rents cooler wheels like Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars, Escalades and Hummers, for $200-$400 a day. Insurance can be purchased for $20-$30 if your credit card doesn't cover it.

Still looking for more? Gotham Dream Cars has a fleet of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys ($995-$1,750 per day), but the catch: You need your own insurance because credit cards won't cover "exotic" cars ($500 gets you six months from somewhere like Geico). It's a hassle, but for a ride this sweet, it just might be worth it.

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