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Do you only have one vehicle for your family? If so, how do you make it work when you both need the vehicle?

We're thinking of getting rid of one of our cars since DH just uses it to get to work and then it sits in the lot all day. I don't really go anywhere so I don't even need a car most days.  I can just drive him when I need the car.

by on May. 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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ssocalgirl6
by on May. 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM
No way. I am getting leather put in my new car and we got a rental for the two days. We could not live without two cars.
iansusie
by on May. 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

I so wish we could be a one car family, would save a lot of money but my husband is an electrician and he has to be all over the place and needs a vehicle as a condition for employment. I have to take the kids to school (neither school offers bus service), doctors appts, etc. We had one vehicle for a while and it was tiring and stressful due to our situation but if your husband works relatively close by and you don't go out to do anything often, then it might work for you guys. 

coolmomma1968
by on May. 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM
its just my bf and i and yes we only have one car
Sweets32285
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

We have had 1 car since 2009.  It was fine at first, but since moving and the kids getting older, I hate it!  My husband is military and I either have to wait until he gets home from work (whatever time that may be) or I have to take him to work at 5:30am.  Sometimes he's able to drop the car off during the day.  I'm hopefully getting a car this summer.

iansusie
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

How do you survive?


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

We are a no car family and have been for over 20 years.  Works wonderfully for us. However, I know it's not a feasible option for many people.



spicy_n_sweet
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

In what sense?  Not trying to be obtuse, I'm just not clear on what you are asking.  Do you mean: how do I buy groceries, go to the mall, get to a hospital, get home from a bar.. lol

Quoting iansusie:

How do you survive?


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

We are a no car family and have been for over 20 years.  Works wonderfully for us. However, I know it's not a feasible option for many people.





AJsMom81507
by Member on May. 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

it would never work for my family.  my DHs car sits in a lot too, but i am always out and about with DD or friends, that it would drive me insane

iansusie
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

LOL, yes, that is what I mean... when we had one car I tried to map out to take the city bus to take my kids to school and that was going to take me 3hrs each way and a lot of walking and I am less than 3 miles from their school but their is a major highway between the school and our home. 


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

In what sense?  Not trying to be obtuse, I'm just not clear on what you are asking.  Do you mean: how do I buy groceries, go to the mall, get to a hospital, get home from a bar.. lol

Quoting iansusie:

How do you survive?


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

We are a no car family and have been for over 20 years.  Works wonderfully for us. However, I know it's not a feasible option for many people.







spicy_n_sweet
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I live in the middle of downtown Portland, Or.  I'm literally walking distance from everything from the grocery store to a hospital, and everything in between.  Also, Portland has a fantastic public transit system, I have access to the bus line/MAX line/Streetcar line to access other areas of Portland, Vancouver, Clackamas Beaverton, Hillsoboro and other outer lying towns around Portland. All have stops/stations literally on the corner of my block, and every other block around me for the most part.

 When my son was growing up we walked to school, the longest distance was around 30 blocks, or took the bus or streetcar.

For grocery shopping or shopping in general. I usually just walk to where I want to go (from the mall to the grocery store, and all my fave shops/department stores) and shop. Then walk home.  For groceries, I buy everything fresh, so I shop pretty much daily for groceries.

 If I plan on driving to the Coast or up to the mountain, or going someplace of distance. I just rent a car. It usually cost me less than $100 (that's less than most people pay in gas every  month. I just do this a few times a year). Visit family, friends, vacation, I fly the majority of the time.

For me it's cheaper and more convenient to not own a car where I live, than it is to own a car. Between the cost of the car itself, insurance, gas, maintenance  and parking, I  have saved a small fortune over the years by not having to own a car.

Quoting iansusie:

LOL, yes, that is what I mean... when we had one car I tried to map out to take the city bus to take my kids to school and that was going to take me 3hrs each way and a lot of walking and I am less than 3 miles from their school but their is a major highway between the school and our home. 


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

In what sense?  Not trying to be obtuse, I'm just not clear on what you are asking.  Do you mean: how do I buy groceries, go to the mall, get to a hospital, get home from a bar.. lol

Quoting iansusie:

How do you survive?


Quoting spicy_n_sweet:

We are a no car family and have been for over 20 years.  Works wonderfully for us. However, I know it's not a feasible option for many people.









LucyHarper
by on May. 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Yes, we are a one car family and we both work. We arrange our schedules so when we need a car, a car is available. He takes the car to work because its further away and he is required to have it at work (he works for a lumber mill and sometimes needs to transport things), my job is only a couple miles away so I can get there easily by walking. We live in a small town, we can walk most places, bike, and if necessary get a ride or take public transportation.

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