Car light less than 1 year
Car free less than 1 year
Car light less than 5 years
Car free less than 5 years
Car light more than 5 years
Car free more than 5 years
Contemplating a car light or car free change
Not interested in becoming car light or car free
I'm not car free. But my wife and I haven't used a car for commuting for almost a year now. I think it's likely that one of our two cars will eventually be retired. Especially now that my wife has begun to use her bike for small shopping trips and bus/bike commutes.
But that's probably a year or two away at least. I don't see us going completely car free as long as I have a young child (6).
(That fact that my wife loves to ski makes it very unlikely we'll ever be completely car free).
Last edited by dwilbur3; 01-21-09 at 03:48 PM.
I've been car free for just a little over over 5 years. I don't live in a big city with a great public transit system. We have a small time bus service that will waste 7 hours of your day just to do a quick errand, and it's impossible to ride a bike every day of the year, especially in winter when the roads are covered in ice and many inches, or feet of snow. This makes it rather difficult for me at times but I've just learned to adjust the way I live and I no longer notice the things I struggle with as much as time passes on. I haven't been stuck worrying about a car payment, buying gas, insurance prices, or anything car related for so long I couldn't imagine paying for all those things. That money has gone to help me live a much more decent and fun life than I would have been able to paying for all of that stuff.
I became Car Free when I moved to NYC 7 months ago (not too hard to do). I started riding my bike everywhere until I became almost completely non reliant on the subway system... 11 mile ride to my day job and a 4 mile ride to my night job(from my apartment)... but after the summer months ended and my bike bit the dust I had to go back to my monthly 81 dollars in subway fares....I'll be back there in due time though
Now I'm "car-free" -- the license plate came OFF at midnight -- and need to sell it, before the State of Florida has me fined and the car impounded... seems you can't own a car, without registering it; and you can't register a car, without insuring it.
Hey, if I can get $850 for it, that'll cover the March rent!
So, I'm stopped at a traffic light close to home, waiting for the green arrow to turn left, when a guy honks at me, rolls down his window, and compliments me on my ink. He also opined that it was better, his being inside his car, than my being outside in the drizzle -- a matter of perspective, since I was already dripping wet with sweat.
My husband sent me the link to the forum and I couldn't help but sign up! I am excited to find other people who live car free and car light. I just started living car light as of December 2008, but wouldn't have it any other way.
I don't drive my car at all, and will only use it if I have to go to the emergency room at the hospital or if I want (meaning special occasion) to go to another city that doesn't work with the local bus system.
if I could just sell my Diesel Jetta I would be "car light" last week. I will still keep my 81 Air Cooled VW Vanagon, I still have to be able to pick up the kids from dance or run them on some last minute errand, and to take the dog to the dog park (although I hope to get a dog trailer for that soon, then I will only have to drive her during prolonged periods of snow accumulation...)
You would think someone would be interested in a car that gets 45-55 mpg, I guess I may just have to wait until gas hits $4.00 a gallon again...
And the ratings on it are really not so bad (9.3/10):
I will grant you the body style before this one did not get nearly as good of ratings as the current model/body style.
Last edited by breakaway9; 02-13-09 at 07:23 PM.
I wonder honestly if it is not hard to get a loan for a used vehicle right now, that could play a part in it as well....
Last edited by breakaway9; 02-13-09 at 07:25 PM.
This really isn't a good time to sell a car. both because of the difficulty of getting loans, and the fact that most people are worried about losing their jobs or making their mortgage payments. If you can wait a bit, people will start buying cars again because they believe that they "can't live without one."
"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody, I agree, I have listed in our local papers web classifieds and on Craigslist for free. I am somewhat "lucky" though in that it is leased and if all else fails I just give it back in December. I think once winter is gone and gas prices start going back up it will have a better chance...
On a separate note I have noticed a lot of people on the roads that have bought large SUV's again. I see 5-6 new Explorers and Suburban/Tahoes with temporary tags almost every day... YIKES People really are morons and don't learn...
Well wish me luck I finally got a call on the car today, hopefully this will be the buyer...
The escalade/navigator in particular are the biggest joke of all. Anyone (that actually bought it) driving one can immediately be considered an idiot. There is no true value in that vehicle other than you have some complex about the way other people see you or you think you deserve that much luxury because you are special... it is hands down one of the dumbest purchases a person can make... At least with a Hummer or something similar you could use it off-road to access remote areas and to handle the snow, the new SUV's with 1 inch thick racing tires wrapped around 24" rims is almost as stupid as the jacked up F350 4 door trucks with HUGE tires that never leave the road...
Well the guy never called back about the car unfortunately... BUT I did another call today, this guy seems a lot more serious.... Hopefully I can get it sold tonight so I can pick up the XtraCycle I have been eyeballing on Craigslist....
Yeah!!! It's sold, I am officially one hour car lite!!!!