While cars are fun to drive and abuse, in New York, owning one is an incredible pain in the ass. The insurance destroys you, the garages rob you blind, and those shady attendants are constantly "borrowing" stored vehicles to impress minors by doing smokey burnouts outside Webster Hall. To taste sweet automotive freedom without the hassles of ownership, try Zipcar, our new go-to car rental service.
Zipcar's main innovation is the same one made by America's grimiest motels years ago: they rent by the hour. For between $8.50 and $16 per, you choose from a range of models, from the somewhat lame Toyota Matrix to a crisp BMW 325 (24 hour rentals are also available from $69.)* Everything's included but tax: insurance, 125 free miles, and parking. You simply charge fill-ups to Zipcar's account, like they're your Sugar Daddy and you're their conniving, Joe Millionaire-esque gold-digger.
Usage possibilities are endless. We calculated weekday rates with the cheapest car available, but if you have even a shred of dignity, you'll splurge on something ballsier: