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Old 11-07-2012, 02:47 PM
 
Location: West Paris
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Car Insurance: $150 (approx.)
Car Financing or Leasing: $300 (approx.)
Gas: $50-$150+ (depending on how far it is to work and how much you drive)
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Car Insurance: $150 (approx.)
Car Financing or Leasing: $300 (approx.)
Gas: $50-$150+ (depending on how far it is to work and how much you drive)
If the mass transit in Southern California is half as good as what I've seen with the Paris Metro and cost the same, I'd ditch my car in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Car Insurance: $150 (approx.)
Car Financing or Leasing: $300 (approx.)
Gas: $50-$150+ (depending on how far it is to work and how much you drive)
Meh... my monthly costs are nowhere near that!

Insurance: ~$45
Financing: $0
Gas: ~$110

No metro here to use either!
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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Amen to that! Going without a car can save tremendous amounts of money. It's not possible everywhere, though, although I think it's doable more places than people realize. (including southern CA, although of course that depends on where exactly you live and work, and is nowhere near what you find in Paris!) We got rid of our car about five years ago, and once that cost is out of the budget it's tough to go back. Unfortunately we might have to buy one at some point in the coming year, although I hope to spend as little on it as possible, and to minimize use. Alternatively, I'm hoping perhaps we can get by with just using our local car-sharing program instead.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:50 AM
 
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1. Costs are over inflated

2. I've lived without a car while on active duty.
No thanks! (quality of life)

3. I don't live in a small, crowded country like france.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:15 AM
 
Location: West Paris
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Amen to that! Going without a car can save tremendous amounts of money. It's not possible everywhere, though, although I think it's doable more places than people realize. (including southern CA, although of course that depends on where exactly you live and work, and is nowhere near what you find in Paris!) We got rid of our car about five years ago, and once that cost is out of the budget it's tough to go back. Unfortunately we might have to buy one at some point in the coming year, although I hope to spend as little on it as possible, and to minimize use. Alternatively, I'm hoping perhaps we can get by with just using our local car-sharing program instead.

Agree! but i think it is possible in SF/DC/Portland/Minneapolis/NY/SLC.
Car became a necessety when people decided to live in suburbs
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Wishful thinking, but some of us just can't.
Very much possible in most parts of Europe, but only in a few cities in the US.
Surely not possible in Texas...
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:24 AM
 
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I love my cars. I know that they are expensive to ensure, perhaps bad for the environment and maybe the metro system can manage my commutes but I don't care. I love and I don't give a rat's tail about the consequences. We will all die anyway. The Devil may care but I don't.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:37 AM
 
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actually doing that because of the gas shortage here reminds me of just how inconvieniant it is not having a car .

i now classify not having a car as out of the question unless i lived in manhattan ..
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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I would love to have mass transit options that would connect where I live with where I work. It just isn't possible and never will be for my particular circumstances. Both my home and place of employment are in rural locations that are not on main arteries.

If the opportunity arises I will look for a job and home in a more connected area in the future. But for now, I'm dependent on 30,000 miles + a year in my car. Jobs are hard to find in many fields and homes are not easy to sell in many locations. Making a move to save money on transportation costs would be far more costly than maintaining status quo.
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