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Old 08-27-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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Hope it's ok to post this here...did a search but didn't find anything.

I'm moving (back) to Boston very soon and will be living in the South End at Shawmut/W Newton (1 bed for $1800/mo). Considering buying a car since I play a lot of hockey and need the car to get the rinks at MIT and BU. How is resident street parking around the area? I only have one data point -- the previous tenant said it was "not bad" but got worse when they were doing a lot of construction. Would anyone be able to advise how good parking is in the area? It would be much appreciated...

Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:11 AM
 
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I lived in the South End for a year and a half, close to Berkeley and Tremont Streets. Parking wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I almost always tried to park my car before 6pm each day. The other thing that is a bit of a pain is making sure to move your car for street cleaning days.

However, I imagine your hockey game times might mean you will be looking for parking later in the evenings, so it might be quite tough for you. It might be less stressful and more cost effective to take public transportation to your games, if that is an option.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:22 AM
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Wouldn't taking a taxi back and forth occasionally from those hockey rinks be much cheaper than buying a car and dealing with parking issues?
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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Wouldn't taking a taxi back and forth occasionally from those hockey rinks be much cheaper than buying a car and dealing with parking issues?
Don't think so -- I play like 4-5 times a week so it starts to add up a lot. There's Zipcar, which I did as a student, but then every time something comes up that you need a car you're worried about spending more $$. I'd usually be looking to park my car at 7.45 am -- after hockey. I'd think it'd be ok to find a spot at that time? Am I way off?
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Don't think so -- I play like 4-5 times a week so it starts to add up a lot. There's Zipcar, which I did as a student, but then every time something comes up that you need a car you're worried about spending more $$. I'd usually be looking to park my car at 7.45 am -- after hockey. I'd think it'd be ok to find a spot at that time? Am I way off?
7:45am? Your games are in the morning? If so, then yes, you'd be fine.

Other things to keep in mind with owning a car are the insurance costs and excise tax.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:33 AM
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Don't think so -- I play like 4-5 times a week so it starts to add up a lot. There's Zipcar, which I did as a student, but then every time something comes up that you need a car you're worried about spending more $$. I'd usually be looking to park my car at 7.45 am -- after hockey. I'd think it'd be ok to find a spot at that time? Am I way off?
And I think that you're wrong. Aside from the cost of the purchase of the car, there are so many other costs involved. Make a spreadsheet and don't forget the cost of the yearly excise tax, registration fees, insurance, gas and maintenance. And during snow emergencies you'll have to pay to put the car in a parking facility.

And how much are you planning to spend on a car?
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:21 AM
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Using an online taxi rate calculator, I got $8 each way from your new place to MIT, and $17 each way to the BU hockey rink. And that's without tipping the cabbie. And maybe you could use a taxi just between your place and a T stop.

So I don't know how long your ice hockey playing season is and how often you practice at each location each week, but let's say that taxis could be around $80 to $100 a week, so $320 a month for what like 4 or 5 months out of the year? So between $1280 to $1600 for a whole year of taxi rides back and forth from MIT and BU. And that's much less than the cost of buying a car.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:09 AM
 
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Cost of car= $$$$
Insurance: $1100-2000 (for cheap car and brief driving record - you sound young)
Yearly excise tax = $$$$ per 1,000 value


Then calculate:
Gas: $3.80 per gallon 2 gallons per trip (1 gallon per day circling for parking)
Parking at facilities: $10 per game ( will need to keep rolls of quarters to feed the meters, too.)

Plus budget for:
Parking tickets: forgetting street cleaning x2= $90
Tow costs for street cleaning: $160 x 2=$360
Taxi fare to tow lots: $25x2= $50
Random parking tickets= $300

Taxis or even Sherpas would be cheaper. I've had a car in the South End for years and speak from (painful) experience. Even God gets Boston parking tickets- it's a fact of life no matter how diligent you are. You are legally required to move your car every 48 hours in the city. So if you go away for four days and someone puts up a moving sign during the winter (cause you are so conscious about I season street cleaning), you can (and will) be ticketed and towed - legally.

Plus, I have the highest insurance rating and still find insurance costs high.

Sure, it's convenient but there is a high cost to that convenience. Buyer beware.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Even God gets Boston parking tickets


So funny!! Yeah, I hate Boston parking. I don't have any resident sticker, so that makes it even worse. I was parked (after circling for a long time) and before leaving the car, looked and looked to make sure it's a legit spot. Well, got a tix when I returned.... I missed a sign a couple yards away. Damn, it's so confusing!
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