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  • Uber or Lyft? A wiki guide to which taxi app to use and when

    Oh, how grateful I am that we live in 2016. I remember when calling a cab meant hoping you don't get a busy tone, followed by waiting on hold with bad music, followed by a 20 minute wait. I would call them after 20 minutes to be told "the driver will be right there". Around 5 minutes later I was told the same, until the driver finally showed up. The car typically didn't smell too great, and the drivers drove like real New Yawkers (this is actually a compliment hehe). There was no such thing as customer service, because it was not necessary. We were at the mercy of the dispatcher and driver.

    Fast forward 10 years. I have 4 taxi apps in my phone, and I use all of them. I currently have Uber, Lyft, Juno and Gett.

    UBER

    My regular go to app is obviously Uber. This is because Uber has the best cars. I'm often upgraded to an SUV or a sub-luxury car, even when I use UberX. I also take advantage of UberPool when traveling in cities, I find the fairs to be cheaper than public transportation at times. Oh, and if you happen to live in San Francisco, check out this promo: This September, unlock $2 uberPOOL and $7 uberX rides for as little as $20 upfront.

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    LYFT

    My next go to app would be Lyft. I don't love Lyft, I find the cars to be slightly lower quality but the service is great and drivers appear more eager to please you. Whenever Uber is Surging, or not many cars are showing in my area I immediately fire up Lyft.

    Don't have Lyft? Sign up today and get $50 in free rides up to $10 each!

    GETT

    Gett is another Taxi App that has not taken off as quick as Uber or Lyft. I think the main reason is the competitive promotion for sign up was not strong enough, and there's not enough social word of mouth. I have tried it, but it's definitely low on the list. However is is extremely useful for booking a car up to 2 weeks in advance.

    JUNO

    Juno is another app that is in Beta in NYC only and has only excepted long-time Uber 4.7+ star drivers. Interestingly enough, they are wooing drivers with equity options. Unfortunately, I am not located in NY and thus unable to try them out but I have heard good things about them. Check them out here, and save 25% off all your rides while they are still in Beta.

    Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Why my next car will be a Tesla

    I recently decided to make the move from leasing to buying, as a result of the large amount of miles I put on annually. As I began the journey of research and pricing, the following 3 things are the most important to my buying decision: Comfort, upkeep and resale value.I definitely plan on reselling my car within the next 4 years which is why I would generally recommend buying slightly used, but that's another conversation.

    So thus the process began. I personally like the higher-up-feel, so an SUV is my go to vehicle of choice. I rented a GMC Yukon for a month (thank you Amex / Hertz promotion). After about one week I realized I was getting around 12 miles a gallon. I quickly calculated and realized I would be paying roughly $700 a month minimum in gasoline. The comfort was okay, but the gas was really hurting me. Additionally I ran some research, upkeep can be quite costly.

    That brings me to last Thursday. I randomly passed a Tesla dealership and was intrigued, especially being fed up with the cost of gas. I eagerly test drove the Tesla Model X and instantly fell in love with it. According to my projections I will be paying a mere $15 monthly for electricity. Furthermore, although there is no real data on resale value, predictions are showing that there should be a tremendous return considering that it is a battery operated car. After running both prices next to each other I would be saving $200 month by buying the much more expensive car. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

    Will I end up buying it though? I don't know. It's expensive and a lot more than I ever thought I can afford. However I'm betting I can recoup a large portion down the line, which is why I would consider it in the first place.

    Would love to hear your thoughts below!

  • How To Always Save On Parking in NYC

    Recently, I was introduced to a new app called Parkwhiz. Parkwhiz connects to most parking lots in Manhattan to offer a discounted rate on parking. Plus, you can often find a Parkwhiz coupon code for $2, $5 or $10 off code (when available you can always find them here). Aside from the incredible convenience of pre-paying for parking and never having to worry if a lot is oversold, you always save a nice amount off parking. Just last week I was in New York for 2 days. I stupidly rented a car (never again - we'll save that story for another time), however thankfully I was able to save significantly on parking: I only paid $19 for a spot that would've cost me $40 had I not gone through the parkwhiz app. It's good to note, all prepays are cancelable too if you do not end up using it. If you're a frequent parking lot parker this app is a must-have!

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