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Old 06-30-07, 08:27 PM   #1
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I'm selling my truck, because I prefer commuting on my bike.
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Old 06-30-07, 08:51 PM   #2
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if the truck is paid off, i'd keep it. Just suspend the insurance until you need to drive it. In my opinion, the utility of a truck is worth keeping the steel gas guzzling beast. I only drive mine once a week if that.
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Old 06-30-07, 08:54 PM   #3
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I did the same thing and haven't looked back since.
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I have sort of compromised. I have a Montero Sport that is payed off. I park it at the locker rooms at work. I ride my bike to and from work. I ride my bike to the locker rooms, put my bike on my truck, then hit the gym to run/liftm, shower and change. I then have about a 2 mile drive to where I actually have to work. So I drive my truck about 4 miles a day and bike about 18 miles.
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We got rid of our 2nd car last October and haven't missed it. In a year we will have saved enough on insurance and depreciation alone to pay for my Bianchi San Jose commuter.
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I think it may be a good idea to keep it--If it were me, the week I sold the truck, I would definitely need it.
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I much prefer having a car with a utility trailer. I put crud in that trailer that I'd never put in a truck, plus on the vast majority of days when I'm NOT hauling anything, I get 28 MPG in my Taurus.
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If it's the only other vehicle you have, keep it. Put it on the type of insurance that says you only drive a small amount each month and it'll be much cheaper.
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If it's the only other vehicle you have, keep it. Put it on the type of insurance that says you only drive a small amount each month and it'll be much cheaper.
That's what I did. I ride my bike 4 out of 5 work days, and on the weekends we usually take my fiancee's car if we're driving someplace. But there are times when I'm glad to have my 4x4. (Getting to remote mountaineering trailheads, picking up wood for the fireplace, just goin' muddin' sometimes.) I called my insurance company (Liberty Mutual) and they have their "ultra low mileage" category for under 5000 miles yearly.My premium for a 300/100 crash and liability policy with uninsured motorist coverage went down by over $300 a year.
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If it's the only other vehicle you have, keep it. Put it on the type of insurance that says you only drive a small amount each month and it'll be much cheaper.
Not necessarily. My car is just on minimum insurance anyway (PL/PD) and when I called and dropped my annual mileage from 14,000 to 3,000, it made zero difference. It turns out it would have if I were a younger driver or had any points on my license, but as I've never had a violation of any kind on my license and I've been driving for > 25 years without an at-fault accident, I was already as low as I could go.

I keep my car even though I don't absolutely need it. It's costing me about $500/year right now in insurance plus whatever gas I burn, and for the ability to go out on a quick errand when the wife has her car, or be able to take a short trip without the family, it's worth that to me.
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