Sacrificing a Car?

August 7, 2007

I walk to work, every day, back and forth. I’m loathe to go downtown in any conveyance that takes up much space. I hoof it wherever I can and bus it where I can’t, within a reasonable radius of where I live. Which means I drive maybe once a week.

Mr. Pencil has made the reasonable suggestion that I consider selling my car. For the privilege of driving once a week, I spend about $400 a month. Sounds like a simple equation, right? Except I can’t bring myself to part with my car.

Every time I do drive, it’s remarkably fun. And the once a week I do need my car, I need my car. Like tonight: I have to go to a book club meeting in far southwest Portland. Sure, we can share David’s Subaru, but it’s a psychological thing.

I’m a spoiled brat. I live exactly on the most frequent-running bus line in the city, which goes straight downtown (in my opinion, if you time it right, it’s faster to take the bus than drive. Not that it’s far. I live less than a mile from the middle of downtown). There is a Flexcar (ironically the same shape, make and shade of David’s Subaru) one block away.

And yet, when I drive my TT, it’s like ahhhhhhhhh. I love my car. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s sexy. Help.

p.s. Yesterday was our 2-year anniversary. TWO MORE YEARS!!1 WOO HOO!!!11


  1. tODD says:

    It was easier for Julia and I to sell my car, which was a mildly ancient Toyota Camry with many slight flaws. However, I knew it was time to get rid of it (we actually donated it) when I tried to use it one day, only to discover the battery had died who-knows-how-many weeks earlier. That’s how much use it got. And the insurance cost, while cheap, was still an amount I didn’t mind saving, or at least spending on something more fun than the ability to stare at my car out on the street.

    Message: join us.

  2. coulee says:

    It’s painful for me to think of making car payments. I did it once but since then I’ve purchased used cars for cash. $400 dollars a month can add up to a lot. In a few months you could save enough money to fly round trip to someplace interesting, like Europe, Oz, South America, etc.

  3. silencio says:

    Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary. I love my car too. It is warm in the Canadian winter…but I try to walk as much as possible in the warm weather.

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