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Thinking about going carless......(8 posts)

Thinking about going carless......STEELYeyed
Nov 10, 2001 5:26 PM
My lease on my Grand Cherokee Ltd. is up in June and I have given great thought to bike only transport,its only 1 mile to my office,so that is not a concern. The things I worry about are weather,and trips where you just need an auto,if I have to rely on my wife or daughter's car to much they will no doubt get upset with me! If you have gone carless maybe you could give me some advice.
Why not...UncleMoe
Nov 10, 2001 5:51 PM
Buy a junker for about $1000. That way you will have it in an emergency, but for the most part you will try to rely on your bike. And having a junker means your not dropping a bunch of money into something you don't use much.
Do it!guido
Nov 10, 2001 8:51 PM
I lived car-less twice, in DC, and East Texas. Never missed a day of work, and in Texas never had to take alternative modes to work due to weather, or equipment failure. Of course it helped that I had two bikes and worked in a bike shop. Had one bike with fenders, rack and detachable lights, another standard road bike for club rides, that I could use as backup commuter.

I enjoyed the absence of pressure to get somewhere fast, the daily feast of elevated heart rate and endorphins, and also the freedom from having to license and insure a car and spend money to run it. I contemplated having to rent a car or truck, but never had to.

I still commute and ride around on errands, even though I now have the decadent convenience of a junker car. Nice to know the car's disposable.
re: Thinking about going carless......nova
Nov 11, 2001 7:46 AM
The money you save in insurance, monthy car payments, service, and gasoline will allow you to rent a vehicle whenever you really need one AND you will still save money.

It sounds like you have a three-car household already. Only you can really answer your question, but please consider what you (or any of us) really NEEDS as compared to what is a matter of convenience for us. In the grand scheme of things, two cars and thousands of extra dollars in your savings at the end of the year are a luxury. Enjoy them, and don't worry about not having a 1:1 ratio of cars to people in your home.
smaller version of image above...nova
Nov 11, 2001 9:39 AM
The money you save in insurance, monthy car payments, service, and gasoline will allow you to rent a vehicle whenever you really need one AND you will still save money.

It sounds like you have a three-car household already. Only you can really answer your question, but please consider what you (or any of us) really NEEDS as compared to what is a matter of convenience for us. In the grand scheme of things, two cars and thousands of extra dollars in your savings at the end of the year are a luxury. Enjoy them, and don't worry about not having a 1:1 ratio of cars to people in your home.
money you save in insuranceBirddog
Nov 11, 2001 12:09 PM
Remember that when you rent a car you won't have any liability Ins to CYA in case of an accident if you go this route! The rental car outfits are only interested in comp and coll coverage to cover their property.
carless? Don't you mean carFREE? nmcyclinseth
Nov 11, 2001 2:17 PM
I have....sort offishwheel
Nov 12, 2001 11:23 AM
I have come to rely less and less on automobiles. I can't say I don't have a car though, because we (the family have one) we are a family of four with a single vehicle. I bike to work and any solo errands I have to do,my wife drives like most people do , everywhere she needs to go involves a several thousand pounds of matter being propelled over the roads.

Advice.

1. It's not that bad, weather is to be endured not feared or avoided. I biked through the winter all of last year my commute was about 6.5-7.0 miles each way. One mile might actually be harder because you won't get the chance to warm up and realize "hey, it's really not that cold out here". By the way I live in Michigan.

2. You can always rent a car when you need to. I totalled $80 in automobile expenses last year. (2 days rental)

3. Get your wife involved. It was easy for me because my wife and I never had separate cars, so she has always been supportive. The idea that we don't have to send in another car payment and insurance payment every month helps a lot. Whenever your wife starts to get a little annoyed about you using her car you can a) spend two months worth of car payments on a gift. b) Show her what expenses need to be cut out of the budget so you can buy another car,becuse sharing is to hard.

4. You have a daughter with a car, living in your house, just use her car when you need to.

Good for you for even thinking about trying to do without something. The assumption in our society seems to be if you can afford it, you should always go for excess, ease, and expense. I try not too slide into tis mentality too much, but when in Rome....