Recently I made a choice that most Americans would find quite strange. This choice was to sell my car and not to buy another one. I decided instead of keeping my car, I was going to sell the car and buy myself a bike.
Most Americans are very dependent on a car to provide them with a certain lifestyle. However, this lifestyle comes with substantial costs and dependencies. I would like to spend the next few minutes talking with you about some reasons I used to help make up my mind about giving up my car.
A car is one of the most expensive items you will ever own. Lets think about all the cost that can pile up in the name of car ownership for a moment. Well first there is that wonderful car payment that must be paid every month. My car payment was over half that of my apartment’s rent. Depending on what state you live in there is the cost of car insurance. Of course, let not forget the cost of filling up the gas tank once a week. There are the repairs and maintenance cost from those tune-ups, oil changes and tires replacements. And there is that one that no one can forget the good old state tag tax.
After looking at this it was pretty easy to understand that if I gave up my car for a bike I could really save a lot of money; Money that could be used to get a better apartment or used to pay off some debt. Money that could be used on an investment that would increase in value verses decrease in value like a car.
Time Lost to Traffic
The distance between my apartment and my job is that of about six miles. First off let me inform you that I live in an urban area of a major city. When I was driving my car to work everyday the commute would take me about thirty to thirty-five minutes in morning traffic. Plus another thirty to thirty-five minutes in the afternoon. However now that I ride my bike to work, it takes me about ten minutes both ways. That is a big difference in time saving when added up at the end of the week. Since I don’t have to leave so early anymore for work I have time to do other things in the morning. I have time now in the morning for exercise, making a healthy breakfast instead of a donut and coffee and I have more time to spend with my wife in the morning. Also since I get home from work earlier now I had time to start a weight training program at my local gym.
Time is the most valuable resource on the planet. Once you use it you can never get it back. I thought about this as I envisioned myself sitting my car in traffic having my morning coffee and donut. I thought about what I could do with an extra forty to fifty minutes everyday to make my life better. I am happy with my choice and hope if you are thinking about giving up your car this helps with you decision.