One Less Auto

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For the first time in 33 years, my wife and I are down to one vehicle after selling one this past week.

Since we live about eight miles from town, selling one of the cars was a major consideration. Since we both have recently developed medical conditions requiring frequent trips to doctors visits and lab tests, we needed to be sure that having only one auto would work practically for us. We spent the last two and a half months using only one auto to determine the changes we needed to make. The practical changes we made were:

  • Using a calendar, we scheduled the days and times either one of us needed the car.
  • We set aside certain “fixed” days and times for recurring occurrences. Example: I needed the car every Thursday morning to do our weekly grocery and household shopping.
  • When a scheduling conflict occurred, we simply determined which one of us could most easily use public transportation based on the practicality and location of the event.

In practice, only having one car turned out being easier than we thought. So, between the annual registration, car insurance, gasoline and maintenance; we estimate the annual savings will add up to just over $1,800.

To top it off, we sold the car in less than a week and for $1,000 more than we expected. The car we retained is 14 years old and is in excellent mechanical condition and looks like a new car as we had it newly painted earlier this year.

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Published by W. M. Brown

I am a retired U.S. expat living in Ecuador. I was a business owner for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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