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Old 08-26-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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Now I know a parking spot in a garage in Manhattan costs as much as an apartment, but what are some common cars in New York? Do a lot of people have crappy, dinged up cars cause that's all they can afford or cause of people hitting or trying to break into the car? Do most of the people who can afford a car in Manhattan have a really nice, new car? Or are the majority of the cars in Manhattan from outside Manhattan? Anyway, that's some of the stuff I've heard? Are there a lot of crossover SUVs there like Ford Edges, Buick Enclaves, or Nissan Rogues? What kind of cars do people have there? Are a lot of them older because thats what it kinda seemed like from my pics of New York. Idk!!?!?! And feel free to post pics of cars you've seen in NY.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Now in Houston!
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The short answer to your question is "all of the above".

You find all kinds of cars in Manhattan and the other boroughs, from crappy old beaters to Bentleys and Ferraris and everything in between. In fact, owning a nice BMW or Benz here is really not much of a status symbol. They are common. BMWs are especially common. Even the Bentleys don't really turn any heads.

If there is any commonality across the city I've noticed, it's that imports vastly outnumber domestics, and you do see a preponderance of dinged-up bumpers, which is what happens not only from tightly-packed street parking, but garage parking as well.

I've also noticed around my "semi-suburban" area of Brooklyn, a lot of imported crossover vehicles (I drive one myself), which are probably more popular here than in Manhattan. I also see a surprising number of full-size SUVs (Escalades, Expeditions) and even pickups and Hummers, which are not commonplace but certainly not rare. My next-door neighbor has a giant quad-cab Dodge Ram 3500, which is funny because he has a garage and driveway but the truck is too big to fit in either, so he has to street park it.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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You will see every kind of vehicle in NYC as Upstater has said. Even Astons, Lamborghini Gallardos and Rolls Royce Phantoms are not that uncommon, IMO. And, you cannot judge who drives what by their wealth, since cars are utilitarian for many in the city, and they are operating in a harsh environment.

What I do find hilarious, however, and have only seen in large numbers in New York, personally, are the Bumper Bully bumper protectors. They are hard rubber designed to protect painted bumpers when parking, and are supposed to be flipped up and into the trunk when driving, yet so many vehicles keep them out when driving all over town, making for a most unattractive vehicle. And, if that wasn't bad enough, many are dragging, or are otherwise improperly installed, so they look twice as bad.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:19 AM
 
Location: NY,NY
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One thing though, since your not used to driving in NYC traffic, save yourself some trepidation, and the rest of us a headache, do NOT bring an SUV.

Nothing worse, than an out-of-towner in an SUV, who doesn't know his way around, is not used to the tight spacing, humongous traffic, nor the impatience of NY drivers---HONK! HONK!

Bring a small car that you can handle very well. Later, if you feel it necessary you can get something larger. A BMW 3xx series on the high end, or say a Civic or Corolla on the low end. A Mini even would serve.

Oh, and please do not sight-see in your vehicle. Driving 5 miles per down The Avenue of the Americas is a sure way to muck up traffic. Park and walk, or hire a taxi and let someone else do the driving.

Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:34 AM
 
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Some people simply don't own car in NYC (even if they can afford it). When they really need a car, they simply rent one.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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Ah, the questions that get asked from out-of-towners. You would think that NYC was some city in a bubble that was different from the rest of the country.

There is now yes or no answer here. People who own cars can have whatever car they want or can afford. Some people have a older used car and some have brand new Mercedes. The reasons why most people do not have cars is because Manhattan has an excellent (although old and run down) subway and bus system. You can pretty much get anywhere you want via the subways/bus and will probably get their faster than driving too. Since space is a premium in the city, parking is a luxury, so by not having a car - you can probably save about $300+ every month by not having to pay for parking.

Like Bmwguydc has said, exotics like bentleys and lambos can be quite common as well, so it is quite a mix.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Ah, the questions that get asked from out-of-towners. You would think that NYC was some city in a bubble that was different from the rest of the country.
You'd also think people would realize that asking such questions is much less helpful than coming here and checking things out with their own eyes--assuming that their intention was to come here in the first place. But, well, as we say around here, waddaya gonna do?
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:26 AM
 
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I was in Manhattan last week and on the first day I saw a Ferrari Enzo ($1,000,000+ car) pulling out of a Central Parking gargae in Tribeca on Moore Street.

I think I also saw more Rolls Royce and Maybachs in my two day stay than I've ever seen my entire life living in Seattle. Lots of Lamborghinis too and a lot of exotic cars with Florida plates.

There definately are lots of different cars driving around NYC, especially on the higher end those idling black Mercedes S Class, Bentley and Escalades idling in front of buildings in Midtown or downtown. On the cheaper end, import cars like Nissan and Infiniti greatly outnumber American cars. I also rarely saw (non commercially driven) pickup trucks.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:57 AM
 
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I was in Manhattan last week and on the first day I saw a Ferrari Enzo ($1,000,000+ car) pulling out of a Central Parking gargae in Tribeca on Moore Street.

I think I also saw more Rolls Royce and Maybachs in my two day stay than I've ever seen my entire life living in Seattle. Lots of Lamborghinis too and a lot of exotic cars with Florida plates.

There definately are lots of different cars driving around NYC, especially on the higher end those idling black Mercedes S Class, Bentley and Escalades idling in front of buildings in Midtown or downtown. On the cheaper end, import cars like Nissan and Infiniti greatly outnumber American cars. I also rarely saw (non commercially driven) pickup trucks.
Yeah, I've realized that pick-up trucks are not as popular here in the city as it is in the South. Most people who want/need the space will generally own a full-size SUV instead.

Many of the idling S-Class and Escalades you see are limos/car services that are waiting to pick-up someone, so they are not really owned by someone.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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What kind of cars do people have there? Are a lot of them older because thats what it kinda seemed like from my pics of New York.
I'll tell you a secret, but you have to promise not to reveal it to anyone else. Ready?

New York City actually exists on the same continent, in the same era, as everything else around you. If you look at old pictures, you'll see old cars.
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