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Silly not to rent a car in LA?

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My husband, daughter and I will be visiting the LA area for a week and were all set to rent a car, but after speaking with a friend who goes every year, i'm having second thoughts. She said that every year her family rented a car and would argue each time as they got lost/got stuck in traffic and finally just went with cabs every where and now have a much saner experience. When i think about the cost of the rental car, gas, nightly valet at about $38 per night, it's starting to make sense to me not to get a car. Never been to LA- any thoughts?

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