What is a clown car?

By | 26th January 2017


If you drive a hybrid or electric car, perhaps you consider the 500hp SUV that travels 2 miles to town to be one? Or perhaps it’s the other way round?

Following on from my post ‘what’s the most money you should spend on a car‘, there is something else to consider when it comes to cars…

do you actually really need one at all?

I loved this post on Money Mustache ‘Curing your Clown-Like Car Habit

Just because you have always done something in the past, doesn’t mean you have to continue in the future.

Whilst electric cars and hybrids are more energy-efficient, in many cases :

– it is much more efficient for the supermarket to deliver to several locations in one trip than for people to individually drive there

– Many short journeys could be combined, perhaps reducing car use to one day a week

– You could rent a car for the few days a month that you need one

– Taxis or uber could provide transportation where public options are not available

In the past people used to think of a personal car as freedom, but has that actually changed now?

What is that freedom? A vehicle, or being able to go where you want to through different options available?

When you reduce unnecessary journeys from your schedule – what is more freeing:

– paying for insurance, maintenance and depreciation 24/7 on a vehicle that is parked up and not used for most of the time?

– being able to have a taxi/uber take you anywhere you want to go with a few minutes notice, while not having to worry about finding a parking space or paying the increasing costs?

You could find that you save quite a bit of money, whilst actually increasing your freedom.

James McBrearty started his own business from scratch in 2006, to help the self-employed.

He helps people to escape from the corporate world and shares his thoughts here on the changing world of work, technology and personal finances; as well as the occasional travel post.

Over the next 10 years things are going to change significantly. James is a follower of frugality and minimalism; and an advocate of F.I.R.E. to minimise the coming disruption.

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