Comments: One Car Families

We did the one car thing for several years (after doing the no-car thing in the city for a few years). I just got my own car back in December. For me, right now, it's fabulous to be able to get out of the house when I want to, without driving my husband to work first.

One thing we tried, but which was still too much in its infancy, was a car share program. I hear from those still living in Philadelphia that it has really taken off and is convenient now. We have friends who went down to one car and some who are doing without just fine. Is there anything like this near you? Though they might not have large vehicles like you would need. It could be worth looking into.

Even though we bought a fairly inexpensive used car in cash, I'm surprised how much it costs when you add in insurance and maintenance. It's definitely a luxury for us - one I'm happy to have right now, but I know we could always cut it out if necessary.

Posted by Jennifer at April 4, 2008 11:10 AM

I'm not sure that we can do it as a long-term solution. If our Volvo dies, we may go the summer with one car until we see where my husband's job will be next year.

New babies require such frequent doctor visits, and dropping my husband off at work by 6 am wears thin.

For now the second car option is a luxury I'm glad to have.

Posted by Meredith at April 4, 2008 04:18 PM

I was thinking about trying the bus from out here, but it's not realistic when we've got 3 kids with various after school activities, etc.

And, I'd have to go all the way downtown to catch a bus to get close to where I work.

The whole thing takes over an hour, hard to imagine, but maybe I'll try it this summer.

Posted by Busy Mom at April 6, 2008 09:33 PM

I love public transport, rode buses whenever I could in Dallas. It saved wear and tear on my nerves and parking fees.

Posted by Janis Gore at April 7, 2008 07:19 PM