Vroom

I don’t own a car.  I have no intention of owning a car.   I live a city big enough to have a transit system and no reason to move to a place that doesn’t.  And people think I’m crazy.

I’ve heard strange arguments, about owning a car would mean i wouldn’t need to be as organized as I am.  I”m not sure how, since it seems I would just be trading one set of organization for another.  I’ve heard that I’m missing out on things because I don’t have a car, but considering most of those people haven’t even left the country, never mind travelled as much as I have, I’m pretty sure I’m doing ok.  I’ve also just had people who were completely baffled with my choice, can’t fathom how I function without one.

I can’t afford a car.  And I don’t mean in the sense of not having enough money, I mean in the sense that I can’t afford to give up my current lifestyles just so I can have a luxury of having a car.

Let’s do some math.

The average cost of car insurance in Ontario where I live was $1544 in 2012.  If i were to purchase a 10-year-old ford taurus car, and use the calculator here, it would cost me about $4940 per year to own a car. That’s about $370 a month… I currently spend approx $118 per month so owning a car would only three times as much.  And in the summer, my transportation costs are even less because I walk and bike everywhere.

Owning cars have hidden costs that most people take into consideration.  If a car person runs out of milk, they drive to the grocery store, pick up milk, and probably a bunch of other things as well and goes home.  If I run out of (soy) milk, I wait until the next time I plan to do a grocery run.  I do without.

You know what else car people do?  Shop.  Out of boredom.  That saves me a ton too.

I find car people become too dependant on their car.  If their car is busted, they are trapped in their house.  Car problems, well, they just don’t go to work.  I actually had a friend who cancelled an outing with me, because they had lent their car to someone else.  Meanwhile there was a bus stop in front of their house, and they were meeting me at the bus station.

So, yes, I may be crazy for not owning a car.  And yes, random spontaneous road trips to the beach are out of the question.  But I don’t have the stress of owning a car.  And my car doesn’t make me broke.  A small sacrifice as far as I’m concerned.

What are your thoughts?  Have I overlooked something huge in my protest to own a car?  Thoughts are welcome.

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Amanda M

Vegan most of the time. Mother all the time. Super Woman in my free time. I am currently an events manager with a retail chain, and am working my way into freelance writing. I've had my first book 'Go to Sleep, Leona!' recently published, and am currently working on more fiction pieces.

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  1. You have given me something to think about. I am that person who is dependent of my car… if it’s broken down I hibernate, thus I get it repaired the same day I hear or find a problem. For me it gives me a sense of independence and control over my small area of my life, a luxury I can’t imagine living without. As a student I bused and cabbed everywhere, that meant sometimes standing in the rain (resulting in Pneumonia) Owning a car gives me the freedom to do spontaneous things and go places, but you make a strong point it also sets me up to spend money I probably should not be spending….hmm, maybe I will try it for the summer, walking, biking and see what kind of a difference it makes for the better. 🙂

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