Getting Rid Of The Second Car: An Update

Well, we did it. We are officially a single car family and I’m not gonna lie, I’m frightened! I have all of these “what-if” situations going through my head and they are driving me nuts.

What if Elliott is sick and I need to take him to the doctor?
What if one of the animals is seriously injured or ill and I need to rush them to the vet?
What if there’s a problem at my mom’s house and I need to drive down there?

Honestly, these situations probably won’t come up often (if ever) and if/when they do, there will be SOME way to get where I need to go. If I have to pay for a cab, I will. It would be an emergency, so it would be worth it.

I’m also kind of sad that I no longer have the freedom to just come and go as I please during the day. If I want to hit up a special sale at the store or want to go visit my mom.. I will have to get up at 5am to drive Richard to the train station, that way I can have the van all day. If something is really THAT important, at least I know I have that option, right? However, odds are that nothing is ever going to be important enough to get my lazy ass out of bed at 5 o’clock in the morning!

I know this feeling of sadness will pass. It’s just going to be a tough adjustment, but I know I – we – can do it. It will be worth it. We got $5,700 for the car and most of that is going directly into the house fund (Richard needs some new work pants, so we’ll have to spend $100 or so for those). We have over $12,000 in our house fund now. TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. I need to keep thinking about this.

We are going to save over $2000 a year by getting rid of the one car. $2000 that can be saved toward a home instead of paying for a car that is rarely used.

This was definitely the right decision for us. I’m so proud that we had the guts to do it!

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  1. Ashley says:

    Good for you! That’s awesome you had the guts to do it. It makes sense, and there is always another way to get where you need to you. Whether that means you have to take the bus or a cab, there’s always another way. That’s awesome that you will save $2,000 a year. Congrats on your house fund too!

  2. Theresa says:

    Way to go! We live out in rural Ontario, so it really would be a nightmare to live without 2 cars. If I lived in a city I would do it in a heartbeat. My mom was a SAHM when I was a kid and we always had only one car. We survived and there was only one true emergency in all those years where there was no car available when needed. I think society has made us believe we NEED 2 cars. I think you guys are amazing. 12 grand is fantastic. You should be proud of yourselves.

    • Cassie Howard says:

      ashley – thank you! it totally does make sense, its just a hard pill to swallow – losing that freedom, you know? ah well, i’ll survive! 😛

      theresa – i agree that society has made us believe we NEED two cars, when we really dont NEED even one car! it’s a luxury, and 2 cars is an extravagant luxury. thanks for the support! 🙂

      lattelady – the car insurance and gas money savings are included in that $2000. 😉

      jess – thanks! i don’t think we’ll miss the second car either. maybe for the first week or two.. then it will be a distant memory!

  3. Lattelady says:

    dont forget the money from cancelling your car insurance you can add that to your amount and the gas money you will save.

  4. Jess says:

    Good for you, you won’t miss it! We have 1 vehicle too, but most days I have access to it. My husband drives about 10 minutes to work (and he works midnights) but is home sleeping most days. Even though I can use the van, I rarely do. We live out in the country so most trips are 45 minutes to the nearest big city so I shop on the weekends when we are out and about. The only time we NEED another vehicle is when the van is getting repairs done which we have great neighbours to give us a ride to the mechanics or worse case scenario my hubby rides his bike to the shop.

  5. Erica says:

    Omg! That was fast. What are we going to do all day with ourselves when I visit?
    On the bright side I we now don’t have to cobstently move cars lol

  6. Janet says:

    My husband and I have been a single car family for over 7 years. There have been two emergencies one he took a cab it cost him $10.00 the second a friend drove me and I paid her back by buying her lunch which she was exstatic with and that cost me about $14.00 I let her pick the restraunt of her choic and she ordered everything she wanted the total bill was about $35.00 but some of that was my lunch eat with her. So for basically under $30.00 we covered our emergencies and have been blessed not to have any further incidence so far we are approaching 8 years now in Feburary with only one car.

  7. Jen says:

    You are a brave woman. To be honest, I don’t think I could get rid of our second vehicle. I need to think I have “freedom” when I am at home with the kids. If nothing else, we are paying an extra $1500/year for my sanity 🙂

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