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Guide to Buying Hybrid and Electric Cars in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Massachusetts offers plenty of reasons to make the move to an electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid vehicle. If the state rebates aren’t enough to entice you (along with the available federal tax credits), consider the reserved parking spots for electrics and plug-ins at Logan’s increasingly crowded Central Parking. Plus, there’s always the hours spent commuting every day to nudge you toward a more fuel-efficient set of wheels. The price at the pump may have eased recently, but the days of $1 gallons are gone forever, so read on for a quick guide to buying hybrid and electric cars in MA.

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TD Garden: Best Places to Park Near the Boston Venue

Sure, the TD Garden is a great venue. But where the heck do you park for a Bs or Cs game?

The recommended option is parking in the North Station Garage.

From the TD Garden’s website:

With the most convenient parking for every game and show, the North Station Garage, located directly underneath the TD Garden, offers a flat event rate* of $38 when you enter 2 and 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled event time. Elevators located in the parking garage will bring you directly to the main concourse in North Station.
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There are several garages near the garden, which charge in excess of $30 for event parking.

If you’re amendable to a 10-15 minute walk, the Pi Alley Garage on 275 Washington St. It’s a flat $12 for evening and weekends.

Screen shot 2013-08-21 at 8.11.23 PM    You can also valet park at a few places, such as Joe Tecce’s for $7 – $10, have a great meal, and then walk over to the Garden.

A final option is parking a few T stops away. However, given the cost of the T ($5 round trip), and the fact that parking prices don’t decrease substantially until you get well away from the Garden, it’s not worth it.

Summer Car Care Tips for Massachusetts Drivers

Summer Car Care Tips for Massachusetts Drivers
June made a big entrance this year in New England, reminding drivers that plenty of 90-degree days are right around the corner.

Before you pack the towels, sunscreen, and beach chairs into the car for a trip to one of the best beaches in Massachusetts that we wrote about last month, it’s time to make sure that your car gets there in one piece – and that the AC is cranking at full power.

Read on for Colonial’s summer car care tips for Massachusetts drivers and make sure that your car is your cool, calm, and confident refuge from the dog days.

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