When we decided to try and live with only one car, it seemed to be an obscure thought and an impossible decision. At first, the ideas of being able to manage a home with only one car became a match of the minds. In following our initial thoughts, we were able to be open and honest with cold hard facts. We weighed not only the benefits but also the privileges.
In researching our need for two cars, we looked into how many miles our second car was being utilized as well as what it was being used for. As a stay-at-home mother and a freelance writer, my need for a car of my own was an additional cost that was unnecessary. To come to the decision to reduce our costs, we not only tracked the miles and destinations but also took into account the cost of gas, combining trips, and mechanical expenses.
While we exhausted all the pros and cons of reducing our transportation, we also found that it gave us some time to talk over our day and discuss import matters while we commuted together. We have learned to shop together and take into consideration the needs of each other. We plan our outings to get the most out of our trips. We no longer run to the store every day for milk and bread. Instead, if needed that is picked up on my husband’s way home from work.
Once we arrived at a sound decision, we found that not only were we able to save money but that if we traded both our car and our truck in on a new car, we could save even more. While the payments were about equal to the cost of gas for our truck, we were also able to save on mechanical expenses by having a full warranty and more economical gas usage. Our insurance cost for full coverage only added thirty more dollars to our current rate but also provided peace of mind that if anything happened to our car, it would be covered and we could more easily replace it.
While having a single car household is not for everyone, it is certainly worthy of your time and consideration. Enjoy the discussions without anger and resentment of not being able to always come and go as you please. Instead, look at the opportunities that will most benefit your family and home life.
A Happy and Healthy One Car Household.