Should you rent a car on vacation?


renting a car vs public transportation in front of a taxi cab and rows of cars

Renting a car or relying on public transportation

If you have time to take a vacation this summer, one of the best ways to spend time with friends or family and see a lot of the country is by packing up “the family truckster” and taking a road trip. Sometimes, if you’re just going for a couple of days over a long weekend, you won’t have enough time to get to your destination and do everything you want to and drive back. So, you get on an airplane, and are faced with a dilemma as old as time. Should you rent a car or rely on public transportation?

Depending on where you are heading on your vacation, it would be absolutely impossible to get around without a vehicle. In Los Angeles, it can be difficult to get around without a vehicle. If you plan to be covering a lot of miles in a day or leaving the city for somewhere without public transportation, you should rent a car. However, if you are going somewhere with reliable public transportation, or you aren’t planning to go too far once you get there, it is easier to forgo the car.

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Using Public Transportation 

traffic jam imageWith companies like Uber and Lyft spreading their reach out further and further, there is often a fairly affordable way to avoid both busy trains and buses or costly taxis, and get out of renting your own vehicle. If you are on a strict budget, these options aren’t going to much help. In a bigger city like New York or Chicago, a week long unlimited pass will run you around $35, though there are some limitations on where they can be used. Otherwise, most of the time, you can buy single ride tickets.

When it comes down to it, there are a lot of options you have when visiting a city. If your time permits it, taking your own vehicle on vacation is a great way to forge lasting memories, but there is no wrong way to experience a new city. If you do plan on taking a road trip this summer, stop by Sanders Ford to see our inventory of fuel-efficient vehicles, or get your current vehicle serviced by scheduling an appointment.

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