Whisper it quietly, but it might be time to rethink whether owning more than one car in the family is a wise decision. In the past, people have operated under the assumption that it was outright essential for both parents to have their own car, but there’s growing movement towards single car households, for a number of reasons. Below, we take a look at some of the benefits of deciding to sell your second car and become joint car-owners.
Added Family Time
In today’s hectic and crazy world, it’s not very often that get to spend quality time with the family. Everyone’s always rushing off somewhere, or schedules overlap, or any of the reasons that make getting together so difficult. However, if you have a car, then you’ll soon discover that you’re seeing much more of your partner and children. Why? Because you’ll be spending more time in the car together. OK, it might not be “quality time”, but you’ll feel the benefits of having the chance to talk with your loved ones more regularly…to the point where you might hope for a traffic jam!
It goes without saying that it’s much more financially sensible to have one car rather than two. For starters, you’ll save on your auto insurance, as you’ll be splitting the cost between you and your partner. Then there are all the other expenses that go into car ownership, such as repairs, taxes, and the cost of running the vehicle around town. Finally, let’s not forget about all the money you’ll be able to add to your savings account from the money you’ll have raised from the sale of your second car.
Better for the Environment
Cars are becoming more environmentally friendly, but they’ve still got a lot to go, and there’s denying that not driving at all is much better for the earth than driving. Of course, people do need vehicles; while public transport is pretty efficient in the big cities, you won’t get very far if you want to venture into the outdoors. With just one vehicle in the household, you’ll half the amount (or close to it) of damage you’re doing to the environment through your driving habits.
You’ll be Healthier
We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that one of the cons of only having one car between two people is that you won’t always be able just to drive where you please. There’ll be times when your partner needs the vehicle for something important, and when that happens, you’ll just have to find other means of getting around. That could be annoying, or you could see it as a positive thing. How often do you walk places? You might just find that you’re getting fitter and healthier, for no other reason than if you really want to go to the shops, you have no option other than using your legs to get there.
A Well-Oiled Machine
There will be side-effects of having one car in the family, too. For example, you and your partner will become pretty handy at organising yourself, scheduling your time so that both of you can use the vehicle when it’s needed, and so on. It can often feel like couples are living two separate lives, both doing their own thing. When you only have one car, you’re going to have to rely on your communication skills to ensure that everyone’s needs are met. And then there’s the matter of making sure that the children arrive on time for all the places they need to be, too. In short: don’t be surprised if in a few months you guys are perfectly in sync with one another.
Your schedules won’t always match up perfectly. In fact, more often than not, one of you will have to sacrifice some of their free time and travel to work or elsewhere earlier than you would if you had your own car. But remember, like not being able to get around as and when you want, you can look at this as a negative or positive thing. If you have to spend an extra hour wandering the city before you meet your friend for lunch, then you have an opportunity to explore somewhere new. Even if the area is familiar, you’ve just gained an hour to read, or write, or just drink a coffee and watch the world go by.
Only having one car might not sound like the best arrangement, but as we’ve shown, it’ll bring more benefits than you might imagine.