Cars are freaking expensive. Even though both of our cars were fully paid off (’07 Scion tC and ’06 Honda Pilot) they still ate up a considerable amount of our discretionary income. Gas ($300/mo), insurance ($120/mo), and maintenance (call it $600+/year) aren’t cheap.
So even though our cars were paid off, they were still costing us about $500 a month.
That’s insane and I think I would have projectile vomited all over the place had we had another $400+/mo in car payments to add to that.
Now that Baby Ninja is a thing, we realized my Scion tC had become nothing more than a glorified driveway ornament. I loved my Scion dearly, but the car only had two doors, and let me tell you a little secret; coupes and car seats don’t mesh.
I sat down with Girl Ninja and pitched the idea of selling the Scion and trying out the one car household thing.
She was down.
I put my car up on Craigslist and within a few weeks I fetched $9,500 for it, which was right at its Blue Book value.
Now I should remind you that I have a company car so while I’m out working, Girl Ninja still has our Pilot. That said, I’m not allowed to use my work car for anything other than official business. No quick stops at the grocery store, no driving with passengers, nothing.
So maybe we are more like a 1.5 car household?
It’s been about 6 weeks now, and so far we haven’t once thought to ourselves “Man, it sure would be nice to have two cars.”
Perhaps this will change as time wears on, but for now we’re enjoying the almost $10,000 boost to our savings account and reduced monthly vehicle expenses. I’m sure eventually we will end up buying a second car, one with four doors of course, but so far this one car household adventure has been pretty fun.
How many drivers are in your household? How many cars do you have?