Considering Carless

As I shared yesterday, on my “sugar mama” post, we are planning to sell our car very soon…so, if you are in the market for a well-loved 2008 Subaru Forester with less than $25k miles, you know where to find me 😉 


The biggest reason we are selling our car is because we don’t use it enough to justify the expense…when we bought our car we were using it on a daily basis, our commute wasn’t long, but we were using it regularly. But in the past 2 1/2 years our average use is twice a week. So each time we get in the car is costs us more than $50 a trip! Obviously this is too much.


We are also seriously considering going carless. At a minimum we will do a one month challenge, but if we can at all manage, we’ll stay carless until the fall. We have plenty of other options for getting around that are much cheaper.


Instead of driving, we’ll ride the bus/max or bicycle together. When we decide we do want to use a car for an excursion, we’ll rent a Zipcar. Within a 10 minute walk we have several vehicle options, including a few mini-vans. We also anticipate that we’ll rent a car for camping trips during the summer, but we typically plan these out far in advance and the extra cost will still be less than a car payment. For the occasional festivity, we’ll plan on taking a cab, which will be make the designated driver choice pretty easy. 


So, yes, this is a big experiment, and maybe we’ll fail miserably and decide that we need a car to get around as a family…but I figure now is the best time to try it out…


Is your family carless? 
Could you manage without a car?


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One thought on “Considering Carless

  1. Ms. Miel

    We’ve been carless for last seven years in DC, but it is an easy city to be without a car. While I do like driving, I don’t miss many aspects of it. I do have to challenge myself to get out of the city when I am back in the country.

    Good luck with the experiment. You can do it! Like the Big Guy says, keep it up mom, you can do it!

    Miel

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