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When did you decide to sell your car?

Old 04-24-21, 09:58 AM
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I haven't sold it yet, but I've loaned it to a friend from overseas who was paying a small fortune in car rentals while he is working locally for a few months.

Since February 2020, I'd filled the gas tank up only 3 times and know it was doing the car no favours, sitting in the garage getting dusty. I had been thinking of selling it, and the time doing without a car now will let me know for sure if being car-less works for me.

Before COVID, I regularly needed my car when I took the ferry over to Vancouver Island, where my family & many friends live. I'd drive ~ 400 kms during a visit, they are pretty spread out. I got into walking last September, the town I live in is small enough that I can do all my shopping & errands by walking or riding my bike.

(I own the car, have no payments other than insurance, which my friend is now paying. The insurance was changed to him as primary driver with me retaining ownership. He will also take care of maintenance & upkeep.)

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Old 04-25-21, 06:39 PM
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(I own the car, have no payments other than insurance, which my friend is now paying. The insurance was changed to him as primary driver with me retaining ownership. He will also take care of maintenance & upkeep.)
Neat! You're a good friend and it sounds like a great arrangement for both of you.

It's criminal how much some people are paying in car loans. When they finally get rid of the loan payment after 5 years, they go off and buy a new car for a new car loan. How these people manage to save for retirement is beyond me.
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Old 06-27-22, 06:33 PM
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I haven't sold it yet, but I've loaned it to a friend from overseas who was paying a small fortune in car rentals while he is working locally for a few months.

Since February 2020, I'd filled the gas tank up only 3 times and know it was doing the car no favours, sitting in the garage getting dusty. I had been thinking of selling it, and the time doing without a car now will let me know for sure if being car-less works for me.

Before COVID, I regularly needed my car when I took the ferry over to Vancouver Island, where my family & many friends live. I'd drive ~ 400 kms during a visit, they are pretty spread out. I got into walking last September, the town I live in is small enough that I can do all my shopping & errands by walking or riding my bike

(I own the car, have no payments other than insurance, which my friend is now paying. The insurance was changed to him as primary driver with me retaining ownership. He will also take care of maintenance & upkeep.)
Well, I did sell it to my overseas friend in March, really haven't missed having a car at all.
Gas prices skyrocketing in the last few months certainly limited my thoughts of getting another vehicle.
I've been walking ~ 2 hours every single day, and regularly use my bikes for errands, shopping & casual riding/sightseeing.
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Old 06-28-22, 12:54 PM
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I started looking hard at going car free when I threw a rod in my Step Van. It had 4 solar panels on the roof and was going to be my off grid home. Shop wanted over $6000 to replace the motor. Now I have a mooncool Trike which I am upgrading as I can aford. With an eye to converting eventually to ETrike.
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Old 06-30-22, 12:01 AM
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I sold it when I moved to Japan. After a few years in Japan, and having kids, I ended up buying another car, it's hard to go camping, rafting, or climbing with kids without having a car. I don't bother to drive around Tokyo, a bicycle is faster and cheaper.
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Old 07-02-22, 08:36 PM
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How did you make that decision and what prompted you? How did your significant other (if any) take it?
I took a 5 month bike tour US and Canada. Put my car in storage. When I got back I wanted to build up my savings again so I moved into an apartment near a huge shopping mall, two groceries, movie theater, and anything else within walking distance. Then I just never went back to the car and let my brother have it.

After all that I took a 7 month bike trip, and several other 1-3 month trips since I didn't have car expenses. I made it 30 years car-free. I met my wife about 10 years into my car-free days. She didn't care.
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