I have been trying to minimize the use of my car recently, only using it for grocery shopping (a few miles away) and going to work when there is bad weather (no fenders and no rain gear). on average, i use my car once a week, and sometimes i do just put the top down and drive about 20 miles to relax (and run it through the gears...). recently i did a speech on how expensive it is to own a car, and I had no idea that it cost me almost $4 a day just for the convenience of owning a car. as a college guy, that is a lot of money that could easily go to beer, women, and other hobbies. previously, my reasoning of keeping my car was to visit family out east, but with my money saved, i could more than cover airplane tickets to wherever i wanted to go up to 10 times a year. right now, i visit family on average 4 times a year.
next semester, i am moving within 4 blocks of the grocery store, half a mile from campus, 2 blocks from my current job, or 4 miles from an internship. if i wanted to go to austin, i have friends that go home every weekend that i could bum a ride off of, or there is a bus that will take me within 25 miles of my mom's house. my roomate will have a car. the non-campus bus system sucks, but its sufficient, and if i need anything big i could just order it online... which i do most of the time anyway.
so the question is... how did you all take the plunge? i am thinking of selling the car, putting that money in a 6 month CD, and seeing how it goes. i don't see any NEED for me to own a car at all, other than for bad weather, but i live within walking distance of everywhere i need to go, and i have a very nice umbrella.
one thing is for sure- i will miss my supercharged miata on occasion. i don't know anyone else with one.