I had to buy a car this weekend.
I am in sales and when I am on the road, I usually take a taxi or rent a car. However, sometimes customers visit HQ and I have to drive them around. In the past, I would fire up the old automobile, but it finally froze-up from sitting unused too long so I started renting cars when needed. I have a unique job, though, and for the most part rarely need to drive. In any event, I will drive this car more frequently just to keep it in running condition.
Visitor travel to HQ is picking up, so the economic balance pointed toward car ownership again.
That sucked. What really sucks is all the taxes and fees and license/registration that gets tacked to the price.
The real big shocker was buying gas! I haven't purchased gas in about six months. Great zounds! At $1.86 per gallon, filling up a tank is a major investment. Now, I look at these low-income families rolling around in old '80's vintage gas sucking station wagons and wonder how they can keep gas in the car and buy milk too. That must be a huge burden.
In the past, I always said that the reason I bicycle commute is not because it saves money - it is about the love of bicycling.
HOWEVER, if the price of gas keeps going up, it might be about the money too.