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Old 07-12-18, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
I have seen lots of people riding cargo bikes hauling stuff that would never fit in a subcompact or even a compact car! And, of course, a motorcycle can't haul very much at all. The OP's comparison as pretty generous, with a USED vehicle compared to new. A hatchback "might" work (although my friend's Prius couldn't haul as much as she thought). But let's say the OP adds in rental of a minivan a few times a year to his cost of ownership for the e-bike....he is still saving a small fortune compared to the cost of any new car+insurance+gas+maintenance+registration. I'm assuming the e-bike was new so both should be new for comparison). "For vehicles driven 15,000 miles a year, average ownership costs added up to about $8,469 per year in 2017." Nerdwallet
The reason I used the "Used, low-mileage Mini-van" for comparison is because that is what I was originally planning on buying . a used mini-van with low-mileage, because a new mini-van could easily cost $25,000.00-50,000.00 !!! I was NOT going to buy a new mini-van. So, I was comparing what "I was going to do" in real life.

My early retirement refund was not enough to buy a new mini-van anyways. My later retirement refund would be enough to buy a new mini-van, but then there would be the monthly/yearly costs, which anyone who drives a car/van knows what the "Real Expenses" are .. I have driven many vehicles for many years.
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