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.