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Old 08-19-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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I told my husband that if my car "dies," I won't be replacing it. We will be sharing his car.
Besides, he has two vintage cars that are his "toys," and we can use one of them in an emergency.
Our son lives in NYC and stores his car in the side of the house as well. Time to cut costs.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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There is no "one" or "correct" scenario regarding this topic. Those who enjoy driving and can afford it should be able to do so until they no longer can. For others, getting rid of the car is like taking a weight off your shoulders. Both scenarios are true depending on the person.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Well, I did it...am no longer a car owner -- sold my 1995 Toy Corolla yesterday. It needed some bodywork, some internal work and the person who bought it did so for his young daughter. It is a 22 yr old car and I owned it for 12 yrs and more and more did not enjoy driving. If things ever reverse in my life re: knee and financial issues, I'll buy another used car but it's doubtful.

As my daughter said, "mom it will become a money pit"...I live on fixed income so need to be smart.

I feel a relief...it was tough but the time came.

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Old 10-19-2017, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I told my husband that if my car "dies," I won't be replacing it. We will be sharing his car.
Besides, he has two vintage cars that are his "toys," and we can use one of them in an emergency.
Our son lives in NYC and stores his car in the side of the house as well. Time to cut costs.
Oh those boys and their toys. Then there is Jay Leno...well he's got millions to support others who care for all his toys. Too bad he doesn't house some of the poor vs cars...

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Old 10-19-2017, 08:33 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Car2Go is great for us.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I'm a younger retiree, so I have a long way to go before this becomes a problem. But when my day comes, I will definitely give it up before it becomes a problem.

What I see in my neighborhood of mostly retirees, is that many feel they are just fine to drive long after they should have given it up. I see people driving 35-40 in a 55 zone with cars backed up behind them waiting for a chance to pass. I see cars that drift from the shoulder line to driving over the center line and back again in the space of a mile. I see people sitting at a green light until you honk at them, or afraid to do a "right on red" turn. I see people who don't use turn signals, and those who use them, but don't turn them off, confusing everyone around them. The worst is people with no depth perception, or poor reflexes, who pull right out in front of you when you are approaching at 50 mph. This sort of thing happens to us literally every day. We have become super-defensive drivers because of this.

Please recognize that if you are being honked at, frequently tailgated, cursed at, etc, it's probably time to give up driving before you kill someone. We had an 86 year old lady in the neighborhood who ran over a pedestrian on the shoulder because she couldn't control her car through a left turn from a standing stop. She said she never saw the man. Seeing him is beside the point because he was walking a foot off the pavement when she hit him! She just couldn't control her car well enough to keep it on the pavement. I refuse to bicycle in the neighborhood after seeing the drivers here.
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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I just wish that Escort Rider and I could join Don to help finish up his "high performance daily driver" and then 3 old dudes could come and turf the yards of all you sad sacks who can't seem to enjoy a car, whilst playing Rush's "Red Barschetta" good and loud...

Sure, driving a car well is hard to do. Anything in life that's worthwhile, is hard to do. I mean, if your vision is bad, if you have really limited mobility, well, yeah, you can't drive and you have to give it up. But so many here are so into the "sad sack" mentality, buying a good car and taking decent care of it is too hard, driving is too hard, doing my own maintenance and repairs is too hard. But these things are not really beyond what you can do, you have just convinced yourself that you can't do them. And as Henry Ford so aptly said, "Whether you think you can, or think you can't, either way, you are right!"

Doing hard things is what makes life worthwhile. Think about it.
I would rather go hear Geddy sing live , then spend my time in the garage playing in dirt and oil
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:59 PM
 
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Really enjoyed this thread !

I live in the burbs , so I need my car.

I drive a 12 year old Subaru. My co-workers are of the "we need a new car every 3-4 years crowd".

Retiring at 62, moving to the big city , and never owning another car.

I will rent whenever needed.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:50 AM
 
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I've been rereading this thread with interest weighing the pluses and minuses of giving up the car when retired but not giving up driving entirely. I'll be in my early 60s at that point.
One of the towns I'm seriously considering moving to (pop about 9000) when retired has public transportation which is "free" for seniors and every block is a potential bus stop by just flagging the bus driver along it's scheduled route. There's also at taxi service available as well. The downtown area is very walk friendly with church, restaurants and other basic necessities all within a few blocks of each other.
Also, I have no intention of driving my car across country when I move and to transport it there isn't cheap. Selling the car before I move will give me a few extra dollars for moving expenses and I'll no longer be paying for insurance, registration and maintenance.
I can rent a car for a week or two when I first move to make things easier with that, and then occasionally rent a car if I want to take a road trip or travel on a weekend.
I'm now rather looking forward to giving up the car. I was never crazy about driving anyway and even now drive little other than to go to work or visit relatives 100 miles away.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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Great thread!

Yesterday I downloaded the Uber app for my phone and will use it Sunday to catch a ride to the airport.

We live in south Georgia and central Ohio with 75% of my time spent in Georgia while the wife spends 75% of her time in Ohio. To commute to work I fly back and forth once a month and every two or three months the wife will fly down to Georgia to be with me. Basically this turns us into a one car family; one car in Ohio and one in Georgia.

My wife drives but not when it the roads are icy or snow covered. She also does not drive in downtown traffic. We are in a suburb and she feel comfortable driving in the suburb but that is about it. On Sunday I need to go to the airport and not wanting her to drive the round trip I downloaded the Uber app.

$23.83 to the airport and the app is telling me there's a Uber car 3 minutes away from me right now. Another way to look at this is if I drove the parking fee would eat the cost of the Uber ride up in a couple short days.

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My Son lives in San Francisco. Although he is 33 and very successful, he does not own a car. He uses Lyft and Uber or public transportation exclusively.

When we visit, we use Uber from the airport to his place. With Uber we generally get a newer car, an educated driver, and it costs one half as much as a taxi.

With a taxi, you get a ride in an old rattle trap, an uncertain driver who may or may not be competent, and you pay too much.
Taxi's are beyond hideous and deserve to go out of business.

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20/20 is not the issue. Since my cataract surgery I am better than 20/20. My depth perception is poor however, so driving is a risk I have to take for now. We avoid night trips, though.
I used to be a flight instructor/charter pilot in my younger years and my depth perception was excellent. That said it is not so good anymore and what I did as a matter of routine 40 years ago I would not do today. If I was still flying, I gave it up a few years ago, I would not fly at night nor would I fly under instrument conditions because I recognize I do not have what I once had.

I am starting to have problems at night especially when it is raining. This said I have already given up night driving... as Clint Eastwood once said "A man has to know his limitations". Sad but true.

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Really enjoyed this thread !

I live in the burbs , so I need my car.

I drive a 12 year old Subaru. My co-workers are of the "we need a new car every 3-4 years crowd".

Retiring at 62, moving to the big city , and never owning another car.

I will rent whenever needed.
I like renting for long trips. If I have a breakdown I simply call the car rental company and the breakdown is their problem. Last thing I want to deal with is to be 400 miles away with a bad transmission.
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