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Old 11-16-05, 08:36 PM
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Yay! A year later, and we sold our 2nd car!!

Yesterday was a big day in my life - we sold our 2nd family car! We are now a 1-car, 7-bicycle family. We put selling it off until I have finished a year of commuting to make sure it is not a passing fad. I started commuting in November 2004, didn't record the actual date. A year ago we were a 2-car, 3-KMart bicycle family. Those KMart horrors have been given away to refugees. I'm not sure that was a kind deed.

Now to build a bike shopping trailer.
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Old 11-16-05, 08:58 PM
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Cool,

I think you'll be happy. My wife and I were a 1 car family. She really needed one for her work and it allowed me a car for those rare times that I needed one.

Sometimes things catch you by surprise. One day she was going on a field trip and insisted that I take the car. By 10:00 am I was home. The company had pulled a surprise layoff of 99% of the employees. It was much easier to clear my desk than it would have been on bike. ;o)
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nice work, jur. we went down to 1 car from 2 in August or September, and it's working out fine for us. It cut off one of the easy outs from riding in on those tough mornings, but I see that as a Good Thing! Enjoy the pile o' cash and extra space on the driveway.
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Did the same this spring. Tripled my retirment account contributions and haven't looked back. I'll be 'free' earlier, richer, and healthier.
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Good one jur.
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Good for you, Jur! What a great thing to do , all the way around!

While we are not down to 1 car, I am happy to report that we are down to 2. Yup, we had THREE cars and it just drove me nuts. So this last weekend, my husband and I traded my VW Beetle & his Ford Sport Trak in for a beautiful new VW Jetta. I cried for hours about my Beetle but now that I've gotten over my nostalgia, we both couldn't be happier.
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Fantastic! We became a one car family 2 1/2 years ago, 6 months after I started bicycle commuting. It's meant a pile of money saved ($600 per month), better health and more fun in the morning before I get to work than most people have all week. Congratulations.
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I hope that 1 car is an awesome car. Sometimes I look at my car and see "improvements" I could make to it (CAI, Supercharger, new intake and exhaust, bigger rims, etc.). Then I remember I'm not as rich as I'd like to be.
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We're a one car family, have been for years. Sometimes it's a challenge, but we have Metro and car sharing (Zipcar and Flexcar) in addition to me riding my bike alot. I commute to work on my bike, but in the winter it's harder because I don't ride in the dark. Congratulations!
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Jur, congratulations on your one year anniversary, and on ridding yourself of a car and all of the associated budget drain.

I traded my VW Beetle & his Ford Sport Trak in for a beautiful new VW Jetta.
My condolences on the Jetta. In reliability, Consumer Reports has generally found VW's such as the Jetta to be on par with the worst of American cars (American cars being generally much less reliable than Japanese cars.)
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Old 11-17-05, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by CastIron
Did the same this spring. Tripled my retirment account contributions and haven't looked back. I'll be 'free' earlier, richer, and healthier.
you can say that again. since i haven't owned a car in 5 years i've saved at least (9000 insurnace + 5200 gas + 2000 maint\repairs + 15000 for an average priced car + 12000 for parking) = $43,200!!
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I'm very happy to be in a 1-car family. I went without a car for years, then had a couple of cheap [<$1000] cars before getting a decent one. My wife hates to fly, so we have been taking plenty of car trips, usually to go biking. We bought a house close to work so we could both ride in, and it's close to shopping, restaurants and bars so we can walk around without having to worry about parking.
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We've been a one-car family for many years. Then, my wife finished school and got a new job, and were car-pooling for about a year. I had stopped biking to work, and we were on the verge of buying another car, when I shifted gears and went back to the bike commute. I bought a new bike, got it set up, and we're still a one-car family. Now, I can't believe I was about to buy another car. The only thing I want is some way to get into the mountains, but I don't have the time anyway, so ....
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Old 11-17-05, 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the club.

Our second car was totalled in April by an idiot going 40mph into the back end of our car. Fortunately, the wife and kid were fine. With gas prices and my love of cycling, we never bothered to replace it.
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Excellent!

Last year we were a 3 vehicle, 4 bike family and now are down to a station wagon (9 month old baby, must have the wagon), compact truck and 9 bikes. Tried to talk the wife into getting rid of the truck and she assumed I'd lost my mind. Apparently there is some mental equation in Southern California that goes like this: 1 adult must equal at least 1.3 cars.

Some people just can't imagine anyone not needing a car or two. Our friends think I'm nuts for riding to work and they complain about not getting enough exercise or not having enough time to go to the gym after work becasue they have to take the kids to soccer or piano lessons etc.
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Way to go, Jur

We're also a one car family with 8 bikes and two bike trailers.

As for the bike trailer for groceries, I use a Burley Flatbed Utility Trailer that I really like. We also have the Burley Solo for the 4 yr. old, but I have found that it also makes a good covered utility trailer when she's not along.
http://www.burley.com/products/trailers/default.aspx

The one I've got on order and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of is the Wike Woody Wagon so I can get one of the canoes to the river without using the car.
http://www.wicycle.com/kit.htm
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Old 11-18-05, 11:39 PM
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1 car club is growing! We did it too! This past October was our 2nd Anniv. We have found some other one car families and don't feel so weird. Although you get a lot of weird looks when you tell those who wouldn't dare not have 2 cars or more. It takes some planning in the beginning and you do go through some psychological seperation. I was the one who donated my car to World Vision. I wish we would have done it sooner...however it may not have happened since I wasn't into biking when we were first married.

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Originally Posted by kb0tnv
1 car club is growing! We did it too! <snip>

I was the one who donated my car to World Vision.
Wow. You humbled me, dude. We practically gave our 2nd car away to a refugee family in need of a 7 seater, but World Vision - way to go dude!
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Originally Posted by kb0tnv
It takes some planning in the beginning and you do go through some psychological seperation.
Now that you mention it, we also went through this odd seperation thing when we went down to one car. However, 6 months later and I wonder why we were even worried.
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ellenDSD: pay no attention to the sniping about the Jetta. In 1970 I followed Consumer Reports ratings & bought a SAAB instead of a BMW (same price back then). Made up my own mind since then with better results. Don
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Originally Posted by ollo_ollo
ellenDSD: pay no attention to the sniping about the Jetta. In 1970 I followed Consumer Reports ratings & bought a SAAB instead of a BMW (same price back then). Made up my own mind since then with better results. Don
No worries The Jetta will make my 4th VW that I've had since I started driving. And the Jetta is under warranty and purchased from a dealership that has always taken care of us in the past. If we do have a problem, the dealership will deal with it and we'll get a nice rental in the meantime. Not that I expect to have a problem; My VWs have always been quite reliable and I've never had a major problem. Knock on wood and I'll keep driving - at least, when I'm not pedaling, that is
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Originally Posted by jur
we sold our 2nd family car!
lekker!!

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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Now that you mention it, we also went through this odd seperation thing when we went down to one car. However, 6 months later and I wonder why we were even worried.
Yep it takes some time to get through it (seperation). However I wouldn't change it. I think it helps that I don't watch network t.v. Just watch DVDs or Dukes, M.A.S.H. etc... If I had to sit through car commercials it would have been harder. Living in the burbs doesn't help either. But commuting is what helps! Everytime I have a successful ride it feel liberated. Plus during the REALLY high 2.99 / gal gas prices I was proud of not having a 2nd car. I am sure in the next few years or so "one car families" will start to increase.

Keep Cycling,
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