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Old 07-05-2009, 04:09 PM   #41
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DH and I were down to one car for awhile. This is not a walkable or bikeable area for the majority of the year. Now we have one old beater and one really really old old beater that we seldom drive. But it saves a lot of conflict and negotiating to have that second car when we both want a car. With only liability insurance, and a clean driving record, it isn't a huge expense, even for cheapskates like us.
I considered buying a pickup instead of a small car, but it's much cheaper to rent one for the few times a year or less that we need to haul stuff bigger than will fit in a Honda Civic hatchback.

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Old 07-09-2009, 11:21 PM   #42
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Not yet rehired, but plan is to do so in about 5 years. We've already discussed the "shared" car thing and have come up with a hybrid solution. We will buy one "nice" car that we will use anytime we go places together, which will be most of the time. Also, if one person is going somewhere and the other is staying home, they will use the "nice" car.

Then, we'll also have a "not so nice" car. perhaps this will be 7-8 years old and be a little rough around the edges, but likely we'll only spend $5-$8k on this one. It will only be used whenever the "nice" car is not available.

I realize in some families this could cause some fights ("I want the nice car today"), but we are unique in that....

my hobby is sports cars, so I have two fabulous high performance cars that I COULD drive if the "nice" car is not available...although I try to avoid driving them in rain or snow. They are more for sunny weekend rides and car shows than anything else, although a jaunt to the grocery store is perfect exercise for them.

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Old 07-11-2009, 09:53 PM   #43
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preparing for retirement, we gave the amazingly reliable 96 civic to our neice, sold off the 98 Tracker winter car which was starting to cost too much in repairs and body work, sold off the 02 Thunderbird summer car for not a lot less than I paid for it (used), and took advantage of a 4K government subsidy which was expiring and bought an 08 Civic Hybrid, bringing us down to one car, which was possible as I have a 5 minute commute to work on foot. The house is actually closer than the department parking lot, which they put a quarter mile from the building following some sort of health policy...of course senior management parks IN the building.

Then the wife didn't retire (she keeps waiting for an awful event to trigger her departure) and the department moved 2 miles away from my house (after buying the building 8 years ago, discovering asbestos, spending 5 years cleaning it up, then selling the building just before we moved in, then leasing it back for 25 years, and of course the department has outgrown the space, before we have even completed the move). This permitted me to buy a gas guzzling 150kilometer 2000 Jeep Cherokee, which is what I lusted for in the first place, instead of the civic. When she finally retires (and I will not be far behind) the Cherokee will probably become the florida car that we leave down there.

Sadly, Segways are illegal here for regular use.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:35 AM   #44
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My partner and I have shared a single car for two years now, and I can't recall a single instance when we needed another, but that is probably because we live near downtown - within walking distance of a grocery store, library, and post office.

Living within walking distance of a grocery store was one of our main requirements when looking for a place to retire, another was mild winters. Oops. That and affordability proved to be a difficult combination to satisfy. We found many towns and small cities with nice downtown areas, but while the architecture is often preserved, the nature of the businesses has changed. Athens, Georgia is a good example. The beautiful old downtown area even has some condos available, but to buy groceries you have to drive out to "the loop". The same is pretty much true all over the south. I guess that is what people mean when they complain about "Walmartization".
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:02 PM   #45
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We plan to downsize to one vehicle, selling off our too-large-for-the-empty-nest luxury wagon. DW is off work, perhaps forever. I don't commute. Probably won't be a problem. If it doesn't work out, we'll pick up a 2nd vehicle that's cheaper to insure and maintain. Friends of ours, a very active couple where only one works, have shared a car for 10 years.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:40 AM   #46
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This is a timely thread. We have had a 2004 Saturn view and a 2007 VW GTI for a few years, but made a few moves that would enable car lite or car free:
* sold rural type house and moved to a more urban setting last fall . Had figured that we would be able to go with 1 car after the kids flew the coupe in 1-2 yrs
* I started bike commutting to work ( when I was working ) for the past few years
* college age kids were not given cars and handed bus passes

So, last week on a lark I listed the Vue on Kijiji. To my surprise, it sold for pretty much what I was asking. So we are now a 1 car family of 4 adults. No problems so far. Winter may be more challenging. May solve that be snow birding.

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