Since I started working in London again, just over a year ago, the amount I’ve used my car has reduced to almost nothing. I walk to and from the station each day and if we need to go anywhere at the weekends we tend to go in Ben’s car, so having it sat on the drive has begun to start feeling like a waste.
With my car insurance up for renewal later this month it pushed me to thinking: “Do I really need a car?”
Just keeping it legally on the road sets me back around £600 a year, and that doesn’t include the extra necessities like MOT, service and petrol. When you break it down, it seems a no-brainer – so we’re selling my car
Whilst I’m sure that at some point in the future there may come a time when we need to be a two-car household again, at the current time it’s nothing more than a money pit on wheels, and that £600 a year would be much better spent by going into a savings account than sitting on the driveway as it currently does! Plus, having checked out how much he’s worth resale, that’s an extra little injection into our savings account that we could really do with!
I said in in my 30 Things To Do While I’m 30 post that I wanted to buy an Audi TT before I turn 31, which would still be a dream, but realistically I think I’m going to have to take that one as a loss based on our new circumstances.
If and when the time comes that we do want to start looking for another/second car, we will definitely investigate our options and look at the pros and cons of both leasing and buying to see which one works best for us. I’ve never leased a car before having always owned them, but I know plenty of people who get their vehicles this way and it seems to work really well for them, so it’s something to consider.
So, in the coming weeks I’m going to be putting my faithful little Bobby up for sale. We’ve had a fun few years of adventure, going exciting places, carrying my belongings when I’ve moved house, and with many a private little Traffic Jam Karaoke of our own.
Thanks for all the fun times Bobby, you’re going to be a great little friend to the next person who owns you.
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