I feel sorry for our sedan. See, it’s been sitting unused for almost a month now. Aside from moving it from the driveway to the street for our garage sale, then back into the driveway, it hasn’t moved. No, nothing it wrong with it. It’s in great shape and, aside from a busted AC and long non-functional sunroof, it’s in tip-top shape. We just haven’t needed it at all.
I’ve started biking to work 2-3 days a week. The office is a scant 2.7 miles from home with bike lanes, trails, and wide shoulders along the entire route. The other days, I telecommute so that Shauna can go do water aerobics at the gym. Between the two, I don’t use my car on weekdays. On Saturdays, I rarely have anywhere I need to go and even if I did, I could drop Shauna off at school and use the RAV4. On Sundays, we’re always travelling together, so no need to use a second car. We’ve effectively eliminated the need for a second vehicle.
Given how little we use it, we’ve been thinking about selling our second car. I know there are valid arguments for keeping it, like those rare occasions where we both may need to go to separate places at the same time or if there’s an emergency when one of us is gone. All the same, we’re rarely more than a 10-minute drive from home, and a 15-minute walk can get us to church or the grocery store for necessities. I can bike to the TRAX station in 10 minutes.
So what do you think? After a month of using one car, should we continue our purge of stuff we don’t use?