Considering going carless.
My car needs repairs that are too expensive to be worth it at the moment. (New master cylinder, brake calipers, and front axle for an '83 Mercedes diesel.) My boyfriend has offered to lend me up to $2000 for a new car. However, I'm pondering whether I can get by without one for awhile. As it is, I don't drive very much. In no particular order, some factors to consider in my decision: - I work from home. - my kids take the bus to school... bus stop is less than a block down the street. - They go to an afterschool camp that they need to be picked up from. Currenlty, my ex picks them up 2 - 3 days a week, and I either pick them up the other days or have them take the bus home. If I have them take the bus home on all of my pick-up days, I lose between four and six working hours a week. - Their school is about 7 miles from the house. Without a car, getting there in an emergency situation would be costly or extremely time consuming. ($20 by cab just to get there, 45 minutes each way and around half a mile of walking each way by bus.) - the nearest large grocery store is almost exactly one mile from the house, in the same shopping center as my bank. There is a salvage grocery store and a natural foods store about half a mile away. - My car insurance currently costs around $75 a month. Because my boyfriend and I are on the same policy, we'll probably keep my name on it and just take my car off. So, there's no concern of a higher insurance rate if I decide to go carless for awhile and then get one again. - I usually rollerblade or walk if I'm just going downtown to run errands or picking up a couple of things. I do own a bike, but, it needs new pedals before I can ride it, and probably a tune-up. Not a clue what that costs, but, I can't imagine that it's much. The bike has three baskets, and I've managed to do pretty well using it and a backpack to haul groceries. I'd like to hear from people with kids who go carless. What are some of your strategies, the advantages and downfalls?