My name is Janet, I am a senior editor at The Penny Hoarder and I have a confession to make. Read on.
Every time my husband suggested that we could go down to one car after he retired, I nodded my head. My gesture said, “Sure, OK, fine” but what I really meant was, “No way, are you kidding, never gonna happen.”
Within a month of his last day of work, he sold his 13-year-old car for $1,000. I guess the buyer was okay with Velcro holding up the driver-side visor and the funky smell. (Can you ever get high school offensive lineman stink out of cloth upholstery?)
But a funny thing happened on our way to being a one-car couple. Actually a couple of things, and they weren’t really that funny.
One, he didn’t need to drive much anymore because he wasn’t working. And two, I hadn’t been driving a lot since March 2020 when the pandemic hit because I was working from home. Sometimes the car sits for days now.
We got a new car in September 2020 and just over a year later, it has barely 6,000 miles on it. Obviously, we are saving on gas. And we have about $900 in our pockets, money we would be spending on car insurance for the second car.
The one thing that sold me on the idea was the realization that if this grand experiment didn’t work, we could always buy a decent used car. So far, so good. And thanks for Uber.
Has your family thought about going down to one car? Or have you actually done it? I am curious to know how the transition has gone or what would keep you from taking the plunge.