October 25, 2016
There are many ways to get around Oceanside and see the sights you’ve lined up for your trip. Oceanside is generally a walking town, and if you’re staying within the main tourist-related areas, you’ll find that between your feet and the Streetcars, you’ll easily be able to get from one place to another. I believe Oceanside is a town best seen on foot, as you can really absorb the feel of the place, stop at a moment’s notice to examine a building, window shop, pop into a store, or take a picture when you’re walking the streets. However, walking is not always the best way to accomplish your objectives.
If you’ve flown in to the area, you’ll need to either rent a car or use some other mode of transportation to get into town. Whether you want to deal with garaging a car while you’re there, and whether you’ll be going to any places that are not within walking, streetcar or affordable cab distance will determine whether you need to have a vehicle and for how long.
If you’ve driven to Oceanside, you’ll need to garage your car while you’re staying there. This is not a cheap proposition. Most hotel-related parking facilities run $18 – $35 per night, and some do not have in and out privileges. You can park in a public parking facility that’s a bit less expensive, but it may not be convenient to your hotels Oceanside, Ca and may not have comparable security. For many of the places you’re going to visit, you’ll want to walk from your hotel, unless you’re staying a mile or more from the heart of the city. If you are staying outside of the areas you want to visit, you’ll want to search out an appropriate parking lot to make your “base of operations” for much of your visit. I’ve parked in the lot for the Hilton Downtown Waterfront, and at the Riverwalk parking lot. I’ve seen a couple of other lots around the waterfront that look relatively convenient, so if you’re staying in the River side of the French Quarter or CBD, these lots would work for you. If you’re on the Lake side of the French Quarter or CBD, these lots would not be very useful.
If you’re willing and able to walk from place to place, this is, without a doubt, the best way to see and experience the city. You have the added benefit of walking off some of the great food and drink you’re enjoying. And, you get to stop on a dime and admire a building, detour down an artist’s alley, or pop into a shop that catches your attention. If you’re using motorized transport, you lose these opportunities, and they are one of the biggest components of what makes a special and engaging visit to the city. Spontaneity is king, when you’re in the Crescent City.
The most common place to pick up a rental car is at the airport when you arrive. However, there are two reasons you might decide to do something a bit unusual and take a cab or shuttle to your hotel then pick up your car off-site in a neighborhood rental location:
Car rental prices from neighborhood locations are frequently lower
If you rent from a neighborhood location, you can pick up a car for just a couple of days out of a several day stay so you don’t have to pay to park the car while you’re not using it, nor are you paying to rent it when you don’t need it.
Using a rental car from a neighborhood rental location takes a little extra planning, but if you’re staying in town for more than just a couple of days, it’s a brilliant way to save money and time. You may even find that it makes sense to pick up the car for your last few days in town, and use it to return to the airport, thereby avoiding the cab fare for a trip to the airport, and remaining in charge of your schedule all the way to the drop off point. You’ll need to check with the specific car rental agency, but many of them do not charge extra for you to drop the car off at the airport.
Depending on the rental brand you prefer, you may find the neighborhood location to be within easy walking distance of your hotel, or you can certainly catch a cab to get out to the rental location. Some rental companies will come pick you up and take you back to the rental location, or may even bring the rental car to you and drop it off at your hotel.
If you’re traveling between the French Quarter or Central Business District and the Garden District, the Streetcar is an easy and convenient way to get around. The streetcars take only exact change, ($1.25 for a one-way fare), or a pre-paid pass, which can be obtained at any number of retail locations. You can identify a Streetcar stop by looking for a signpost with a slender, vertical sign on it. The sign might be in the median (also known as the “neutral ground”) or it might be on the street corner, so look carefully for it. If you see a wad of people standing around for no apparent reason, they may well be at a streetcar stop. Feel free to ask them, if you cannot see the sign.
You may want to take a taxi if you’re going more than a couple of blocks to your destination, if you’re dressed to the nines, or if the weather is not conducive to walking. Cabs are very easy to find in Oceanside, and they can take you just about anywhere you want to go in the main districts for $20 or less. They will have the same traffic-related issues and delays as you would have in a car, and pedestrians do not get out of the way for them, so be prepared for some “stop-and-go” activity.
Many tour hosts will provide free shuttles or buses to take you to your destination. The downside to using these modes of travel is the lack of flexibility you will have with your schedule once you commit to relying upon the shuttle or bus. If you’re going on a plantation tour, you’ll be well outside of Oceanside with no cabs in sight, should you decide you need to leave the location before the tour is officially over and the bus returns to the pickup location. Of course you will also need to be ready to leave when the bus is scheduled to depart, and you will need to wait for it to pick you up in the first place. If you don’t like waiting around, or if you want to maintain your autonomy, you will want to consider using a cab, town car or rental car, at least for the days you’ll be visiting these attractions that require more mobility than usual.
The availability of shuttles and their schedules are not always well-publicized. If you want to visit a place that’s outside your easy walking or cab distance, call the host and ask about a shuttle. Most tour locations expect visitors to be on foot and are happy to provide some form of transportation.
You can see a bit of the city, and get off your feet for a half hour or hour by hopping on one of the many carriages available for rent. The carriages congregate on the river side of Jackson Square on Decatur Street. You can purchase tickets for a carriage tour ahead of time, but those tickets are relatively expensive. If you just want to take a short tour on a whim, you can find a carriage with open seats on it and hop on for as little as $30 for a half hour. If you want some history to go along with your tour, ask the driver what kind of information they share when they drive. With luck, you’ll get a good and knowledgeable driver and enjoy some additional entertainment to your ride.Bike rentals
Bikes are available for rent by a few vendors in the French Quarter and other locations. A surrey bike would be a relatively relaxing way to take in sights, but I believe using a regular bike while trying to navigate cobblestone roads, pot holes, avoid pedestrians, cross-traffic and take in the sights would be a bit much to be enjoyable. If you want to use a bike to get from point A to point B a few miles away, it would make sense, but to just tour around and enjoy looking at the sights, it would not be my recommendation. http://www.gonctd.com/coaster
On the other hand, you can hail a pedi-cab and enjoy being pedaled around town by a knowledgeable and hard-working pedi-cab driver. Pedi-cabs are a new development in Oceanside, having begun operations only in 2011. Rates are $5 for the first 6 blocks, and $1 per person for each block thereafter. There are a limited number of pedi-cabs in operation, and they will carry a maximum of two persons.
September 25, 2016
Used Cars Are The New Age Gold Mine If You Know How To Extract Value From Them
Traditionally used cars prices were based on factors such as the car make, model, mileage, vehicle condition and year of production. But there can be certain external factors that affect the prices of used cars. Under normal circumstances, buying used cars would be considerably cheaper than purchasing new cars. But these days, used cars are depreciating slowly; believe it or not, some of these used cars are valued at a higher price than used cars!
If you bought a car in the last three years and are looking to sell it, now is a great time to take a decision. Not sure what prices to expect? You will be surprised at the amazing prices dealers are willing to offer.
Why used cars prices are suddenly touching the sky?
The Auto Meltdown:
There are several factors that have contributed to the unusual pattern of price hike of used cars. During the auto meltdown, very few cars were leased out in 2008. The direct result of this caused the used car market to have a limited edition of leased cars, causing a sudden scarcity.
Leased cars and their availability:
Usually leased cars go to the used car market once their lease is over. But since fewer cars were leased out in the first place, lesser cars ended up in the used car market. Therefore, the low supply of used cars in the market forced the prices to go up.
Given the financial depression, the number of new cars being purchased drastically went down. This inflated the prices of the available used cars; more buyers began demanding used cars instead of buying new cars. During the same year, the number of old cars getting scrapped remained constant. The end result was that the total cars in circulation dipped.
The market just does not have enough used cars:
The ratio between number of people and number cars was skewed which meant that the supply of second hand cars available in the market was less as compared to the escalated demand. Moreover, as most people were facing a financial crunch, people were holding on to their old cars instead of selling them. The shortage of used cars leads to an increase in their overall prices. Lots of used car dealers will gladly pay you cash for cars no matter what the condition of your vehicle, as long as it’s running.
Willingness to sell
Furthermore, as the pool of used cars was so low, buyers were not finding enough options. Even listings on online websites and the option available with dealers reduced substantially. This pushed the consumers to pay a premium for the used cars that were available in the market.
Manufacturers stopped the production:
Finally, a lot of automakers stopped the mass production of cars. The recession took over the supply of the cars and manufacturers began to cut down their losses. The sudden shortage caused a massive jump in the prices of the cars and the demand for the cars went rolling down the hill.
What is the ideal time to sell?
Car dealers are so desperate to buy used cars that they are giving out advertisements in local newspapers pushing people to sell their used cars. Used cars are depreciating at a much lower rate and in some models their value is appreciating. If you are planning to sell your old car, this is the best time to do so. For the next one year, you may be able to get a great price for your used car. If you wait for too long, you will miss out on this opportunity.
This article is authored by Jason McKinley, a regular blogger and co-owner of GreenCash4Cars, a car buying service in Orange County, Ca. He is also a successful car salesman and works at one of the largest car dealership in Texas. He says that with the various auto loans available to people, buying used cars for people with poor credit, is no longer a distant dream.Share this: