Car Free. Can You Do It? Would You Do It? What Is Stopping You?

I will be the first to admit that I have owned more than my share of vehicles in my lifetime.

I have bought them on loans,leased them and paid cash. I was even awarded one for being the best in business and another was given to me as part of my compensation at a job I once held.

I owned a fleet of vehicles for a business I operated in the past. I understand the implications of owning a vehicle all to well.

That is not what I want to talk about today.

I want talk about not owning vehicles.

Lets face it the damn things cost money!

The average U.S. citizen spends $270,000 dollars in there lifetime on transportation. That means some spend less and some spend more. There is purchasing,maintaining,insuring and operating cost and the whole time there value just keeps going down.

Seems like a sucker bet to own one but everyone wants one. And they don’t just want one they want a really cool one.

We have taken transportation and made it a thing of luxury.


It is eating up a large portion of your income and time to earn it.

What if you could eliminate the whole process from your life? What would that be like? Could you live in a place that allowed you to not feel the need for a car? Live close enough to work and shopping to walk,ride a bike or take the bus?

How much would you save if you did not have to pay for a car every month? How much more time would you have if you did not have to work to pay for a car? Would you be healthier as a result? walking and biking is great exercise.

Here is a biggie!

What would everyone else think? What would they say? Are you worried about that?

Is owning a car a form of social acceptance for you? A status symbol? Or a way to show your worth and accomplishment? If so we need to flip that in this culture. Lets make not owning one a better measure as socially responsible. The benefits are great and the biggest is freedom and self reliance. Try not using your car for a day. Then try it for a week. it will take some planning but you may even park your car for a month and see what happens.

The change in your life just might be fantastic!

You could sell your car if it is costing you a lot in payments or operating cost and get a smaller used one as an occasional or emergency back up. Buy a beater with a heater as they call them. Very little to own and operate.

If you can go a year with out needing it maybe just get rid of it and you are free! Just think of the possibility. 2.5 billion people ride bikes world wide.

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  1. David B
    3 years ago

    I agree that we need to loose the idea that a car is a status symbol. In many cases, it just tells us you know how to waste money. It’s also more of a guys thing – women are more likely to get a practical vehicle than a status one.

    But you can’t be too black and white about it. Some people do need a vehicle for various reasons. But for many, “need” is relative and they don’t recognize how much it’s costing them. Like going Tiny Home, a lot of the rat race is about paying for excess. George Carlin has a great skit on the topic – we need house to store all our stuff. And a car to get more…

    My sister, an accountant, has not had a car in years. I sold my car awhile back then was out of the country. When I got back, a friend gave me an old car. I thought it would be useful while I settled back here but I’ve ended up being the only one in the family with a car, so I’ve kept it for now. It gets light use and is prone to grow things in the window mouldings. Have no plans to replace it.

  2. Trey S.
    3 years ago

    I pay $135 a month for both gas and insurance. I haven’t had a car payment since 1999. Paying cash for a good used car is the only way to go. When I was younger I would buy a new car like it was nothing and pay $500 a month for 5 or 6 years….which I realize is complete insanity now.

    It’s funny as we get older we become so much wiser. As the saying goes, ” I wish I knew then what I know now”…rings so true!

    I’m been thinking about getting a scooter to run around town and save even more on gas.

    Thanks for your good ideas on living the self reliant life style.

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