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Old 06-17-2009, 02:34 PM   #21
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We have one car (Old Betsy died a month ago so we upgraded to one of those crossover models) and a trike. Well at least it will be a trike once DH has his motor scooter converted in a few weeks. He got religion following his recent accident. Since we live in the city that is all we need. There are three bus routes and a regional rail line with in a four block walk of our home and we use that quite a bit.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:01 PM   #22
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Been there-done that. We always had a Pontiac van for traveling and a smaller car for around town. Wife was w++king also and she took the van to haul stuff. When she finally retired we decided to go down to one car. Lease ran out on the Chevy Cavalier and it was a good time to try that out. Lasted about two weeks. I was playing golf three days a week and when I needed the car, she needed it also. I decided to buy something cheap to get me to the golf course. Nice little Ford Excort, 1998, 5-speed, new tires, brakes and battery. 147K miles but runs like a champ. One of my better investments. $1700. I think if you need two cars get a cheap second car where you just need the basic insurance (liability). Take your time and find a good one. I do the running around town for shopping etc and I always use the Escort.
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YES! After about a year retired we noticed that we had only put 50 miles on the second car. Not that surprising since my husband doesn't really care to drive and we do most things together. So we decided to sell the car and buy a 600mm F4 IS camera lens instead. It was about an even trade - $10K. LOL! BTW after about 4 years the price on that lens dropped to $8K.

Now we have one motorhome and one car that we pull behind it and no house!

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:56 PM   #24
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Interesting topic. We moved from a large rural home to a smaller urban home on bus routes last spring. If we would have stayed where we were, we would have needed 3 cars to get kids to college and stuff. Now I just buy bus passes for the kids and am really thinking of dumping the second car. I got into utility bicycling lately and would rather cycle than drive anyway ( weather permitting ). For sure, when the kids are gone, we will be down to 1 car.
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Still have 1 commuter going to w*rk, so 2 cars is a necessity out here in the boondocks. 3rd car is summer use only with pretty cheap insurance.
When dh2b retires, we may go with just 1 snow navigating and boat towing vehicle and see how that w*rks out. We can always pick up a beater for basic point A to point B transportation.
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I was thinking of cutting back from 4 to 3, but now that I have them they're costing me less than $400 each per year to keep. Each of them are worth more to me than the cash I would get by selling them now. Maybe when one dies I wont replace it.
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We will be dropping back to one car when we retire. We already have bicycles and the place we'll be moving back to in Texas is well set up for bikes and pedestrians and we really miss it. We plan to bike most places we need to go when possible. (grocery shopping etc we'll obviously be using the car).

For the first 11 years of our marriage we managed just fine with 1 car, even with 2 kids. Car-pooling to work was ubiquitous and most families made do with 1 car.
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So, no one is falling over in shock that we sold our second car and spent the $10K proceeds on a camera lens?

I got more ribbing over my $300 Whole Foods grocery bill!

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So, no one is falling over in shock that we sold our second car and spent the $10K proceeds on a camera lens?
The only one who seems shocked is you.
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The only one who seems shocked is you.
I guess you're right! LOL!

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So, no one is falling over in shock that we sold our second car and spent the $10K proceeds on a camera lens?

I got more ribbing over my $300 Whole Foods grocery bill!
I told the DW about this last night. She was shocked. Then I said "rich people" and we laughed.

Heh, rich people and their money...
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So, no one is falling over in shock that we sold our second car and spent the $10K proceeds on a camera lens?
We're all thinking that we should have spent 2008 investing in camera equipment instead of stocks...
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So, no one is falling over in shock that we sold our second car and spent the $10K proceeds on a camera lens?

I got more ribbing over my $300 Whole Foods grocery bill!

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Btw, I have my eye on a lens for my Canon, but it's only around $2k. No thanks, just looking...
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Share a car?? No way. My hubby prefers that I do my back-seat driving in my own car.
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We're all thinking that we should have spent 2008 investing in camera equipment instead of stocks...
Well, we bought the lens in early 2000. Hey, maybe it was still a good move! LOL!

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I told the DW about this last night. She was shocked. Then I said "rich people" and we laughed.

Heh, rich people and their money...
Well, when it comes right down to it, it more more a matter of priorities than sheer $$$. It is really more of an indication of how serious we are about our photography. Some people spend that kind of dough (and much more) on a boat, or a motorcycle, or remodeling a room in their house, or whatever.

Like any truly great toy, the numerous hours of enjoyment over many years makes the initial investment seem trivial.



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P.S. Speaking of toys, well, in 2005 we bought this great motorhome........ well, nevermind!
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We are still a two car family. We will probably go down to one car in a few years. We live in an over-55 community and travel around the community on the golf cart or bikes most of the time. The only reason we have kept the second car is that my husband does a lot of transporting his 93 year old mother to doctors appointments, etc. Eventually we will let the second car go. Both of our vehicles are just a few years old, so we will probably trade both in on a new ride one of these days.
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Could we survive with just the one reliable vehicle? Sure. Would that be the best result? I don't think so on a day to day basis. Most days, even the large majority of days, neither of us go anywhere. By that definition we don't need any car. Reality is we require something that will transport us and Three Irish Wolfhounds. We have a 2004 Dodge PU from new, it just passed 42K miles. One way we keep the miles down on the long trip "car" and transport truck of all things pretty darn big is to use the "spare" car for in town stuff like that trip to the grocery, Dr, Whatever, and I use it for my Musical Transport to weekend Jams (80 mile round trip) as if it ever really broke, where do I have to be? Certainly not to W__K the next day LOL. Current Spare was acquired in 04 ('95 Lincoln Mark VIII 119kmi then, 133K now) to replace '85 Cad Deville 185k mi. when we donated it, Both of those were auction cars $3k for the Mark VIII. Keep Mobil One changed regularly and the engines run pretty indefinitely. It becomes a matter of when the rest of car falls apart around it. We most often travel places together, but when I go on an errand or off to musicland alone I don't want to leave her stranded, that's what you end up with in the one car scenerio. When this spare finally gives it up (hopefully not for a few more years, we'll see what is in store next. She'd really like a Caddie XLR, can't argure with that from an esthetic POV. Don't see them ever being a bargain though.
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I am "car poor"! We have three cars and a pickup for two drivers. I am still a bit of a "mini-farmer" and not having my truck just doesn't seem right! Of course it is sitting 99% of the time. The wife needs a commuter car (still working) and I wanted something to drive that wouldn't make me feel guilty doing so. Now, about that other car.....thought I was going to turn a quick buck back when gas prices were skyrocketing and finding economy cars was getting hard to do. Bought it and gas prices plummeted...any one want to buy a in okay condition 45 MPG geo that I paid WAY too much for? I even added to my tab and had a mechanic go over it for me...
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We have one truck. It works out just fine most of the time. Bicycles pick up the slack.
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