Is it easy to own a car in Boston?

Asked by Trulia Boston, Boston, MA Fri Mar 22, 2013

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George Wood, , Brookline, MA
Fri Mar 29, 2013

Owning a car in Boston takes some getting used to. In some neighborhoods you will need to get a "resident parking permit" to park on the street. It's free and you get them from city hall, but it does require some paperwork. Once you have one you just need to be mindful of the days on which the City sends sweepers through to clean the streets.

When it snows, you'll obviously have to dig the car out. It takes some time and energy, but when you look at how much time having a car saves you, it may feel like it's worth it to you.

Having a parking space of your very own would be ideal. Whether you are renting an apartment or buying a home, some will have parking spaces that go with them, but most will not. There is a secondary market you can access where people rent parking spaces. Rental parking rates are going to differ dramatically depending on what part of town you happen to reside in.

If you are only going to need a car occasionally, you may want to join with Zipcar and rent a car by the hour. A lot of the hassles and expenses that come with owning your own car will go away, but you still get to have the convenience when you need it.

Hopefully that covers it. If you still want to know more, you can reach me through Trulia.

George Wood
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Rafael Herna…, Agent, Roslindale, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
Boston offers a lot of public transportation and is very easy to navigate once you get used to it. I would only recommend getting a car if you have to, specially given the fact that your insurance can be high depending on what part of the city you live in, also maintnance and upkeep of the car, as well as high gas prices.
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Mario Pavli, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
Yes it is but it all depends where in Boston you will be commuting too.

Best of luck
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Thaddeus Kuz…, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
There are a lot of factors to consider.
Certain neighborhoods are very difficult, such as the North and West Ends.
Back Bay and South End offer a lot of residential parking (with sticker), but street cleaning from April-Jan can create a headache.
Parking spaces range from around $150-$450p/month as a rental, depending on neighborhood.
If you reverse commute (leave city during day), then parking can be around $150.
The MBTA is a very convenient solution for most of Boston, so that makes things easier.
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Richard Shap…, , Framingham, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
Easy to own. Hard to park and the insurance rates are high.
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Angela Guo, Agent, Brookline, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
It is easy to own a car in Boston if you are willing to pay for the space. Unless you are commuting out of the city regularly it is not necessary to have a car, everything is easy to walk to and public transportation is abundant.
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CH Naamad, Agent, Boston, MA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
It is easy, but not recommended. Boston is a walkable city with a good public transportation system.
If you do not need a car, you can do without it easily.
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