NWR - How Many Cars in Your Household?
Alright guys,

FH and I have been talking about downsizing to one vehicle. He bought this fancy 50k truck before having to move out to Omaha. Well, I bought my car in 2008 - Honda, Accord which is now in Omaha. How do you guys feel about sharing a car with your FH?

We don't have any kids, I drop him off at work or vice versa, every day. We will be moving so close to my work that I could literally walk or get dropped off by a coworker.

What do you guys think are the pros and cons of having only 1 car?

Lee I.
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Posted On: May 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate0 likes

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May 08, 2012 at 11:50 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
i would absolutely love doing that idea! its just we work in opposite directions.
the pros would be saving money on gas and car insurance
the cons would be though if someone is running late at work, it could posibly make the other one run late, or if your having car trouble, it could put both of you behind.
like for example, what if your driving to get him from work and the car battery dies, how would he get to you?

just a thought. =) but i would love to carpool.

Married: 06/09/2012
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May 08, 2012 at 11:50 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
We have 2 cars, 1 truck and 1 motorcycle. I don't think we could downsize to one vehicle.

RWC
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May 08, 2012 at 11:50 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Pros - insurance is less, gas is less, etc.

Cons - less flexibility, and if your car breaks down you are pretty much stuck.

There is no way we could live with one car - our jobs are in opposite directions and we have too much going on. However on weekends we try to consolidate and only drive one at a time. If it works for you, it could save money.

Lee I.
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May 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Yeah Jessica, those are definitely the negatives. My biggest worry is if he needs to go to a conference or something randomly.. but I guess we would plan for that? I think it would also be tough if he was caught up at work and had to stay for longer and he had the car.. I guess I could always walk? But I wouldn't be so keen to walk if it was below 0 degrees..

We are having the same dilemma, we think it would be so beneficial financially, but there are always what ifs.

Tiny Dancer
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
There is absolutely no way we could downsize to one car! We are constantly going in different directions. We also use my parent's spare 3rd car once in awhile~ example: last week, my car was in the shop for it's check up… I needed the 3rd car. Last weekend FH needed new tires, we needed mine to get all the errands done. If we were ever to downsize it would be to a basic model car/truck that got better milage and wasn't too much to insure.

Lee I.
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
RWC, yes! And one less car payment! His payments are about 500$. He was making substantially more in Phoenix then he is here in Omaha.. but.. we would need more of a truck since he DJs out here as well for wedding events and such.. so my Honda wouldn't be able to tow his little trailer full of equipment..

Maybe get rid of both cars and get a mid size suv?.. man this is tough.. we are paying close to 900$ in car payments, about 700$ a year in registration, and about 250$ a month on insurance. Not to mention his truck gets about 11 miles to the gallon.. although it usually just sits in the garage.. which is an extra 45$ a month to have it stored in the garage.. hah. All sorts of payments!

Married: 08/18/2012
May 08, 2012 at 12:00 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We would never beable to go to one car. Right now we have 1 car 1 truck 1 SVU. We have three kids between us and they are all in Sports. As it is now we don't see each other until 7 oclock because 1 is driving this kid to this sport and the other is driving that kid to that Sport..

Married: 05/21/2012
May 08, 2012 at 12:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I went back and forth on this for a while. It makes it easier that FH & I work together. In the end I NEEDED to get rid of my car. If I need the car and he has to work I just drop him off and vice versa. This obviously doesn't work in every situation and there are some things that may come up that will make having one car hard. It was the right choice for us, we needed the extra $$ more than we needed the extra car. Good luck with your decision :)

Just Reenski
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May 08, 2012 at 12:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I would love to downsize to one car, and with some planning, we could probably get away with it for a little while, but not for long, as FH sometimes needs a car for work. Maybe one day.

Do you have a car share in Omaha? Perhaps you could downsize to one car, and if he does go out of town, or something else comes up, you could use a car share as needed.

Married: 09/29/2012
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May 08, 2012 at 12:02 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
we've talked about it. I know that we could do it if we needed to, especially since FIL live 2 miles away.

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May 08, 2012 at 12:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We have 2 cars. I know for sure the new one is stay since we just bought it. He wants to downsize to a motorcycle and keep the Magnum and get rid of my Focus (I've been wanting to trade it in) I personally am scared sh*tless of him driving a motorcycle, I've seen what can happen and I don't think they are safe, ESPECIALLY with us living in Orange County, Cali. People get crazy out here. I told him when we move to Colorado then he can have his bike.

Married: 06/02/2012
May 08, 2012 at 12:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
It takes a lot of work and communication. I know lots of couples that share a car but it's for financial reasons, so sometimes it's inconvenient. I lend my sster my car once in a while when she or her husband need to be out f town with their own car.

Fh drives a mustang that must be babied at all costs so it doesn't go out from oct- march or whenever it's raining, so we share my car a lot of the time. But he works from home and I take a train to work( he drops me off every ay) so not a big hassle. When he was commuting 60 miles and I was 30 miles it made for some sniping.

Tiny Dancer
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 12:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Jeez! can you refinance the truck? Lower the interest rate? Or extend the loan to get the monthly payments down?

Married: 08/12/2012
May 08, 2012 at 12:05 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We have a car and he has a motorcycle. The only problem is when it rains he doesn't want to ride his motorcycle, so in that case I'd have to drive him to work before I go to work or vice versa.

Married: 04/14/2012
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May 08, 2012 at 12:07 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
not for me. i can understand why you'd do it but enjoy my independence. I can go where I want when I want..

In the past, i had boyfriends with no cars or driver's licenses, such losers but I was always driving them everywhere, always and in some cases with boyfriends w/ no car but a DL, they were borrowing mine so I was stuck at home a lot or having to get a ride somewhere. It's embaressing to me.

On occasion if Hubby and I are headed near same place, we take one car to save on gas and that's no problem every once and awhile but I'd hate it if it was everyday.
Plus if one breaks down, we are not totally stranded.

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May 08, 2012 at 12:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We have two cars and a motorcycle. We would never consider downsizing to one car.
What we did do was change up our cars. I was driving an old Escort that was starting to go. He was driving a Taurus for a one hour commute that was getting 19mpg. We traded my old Escort in, and bought a new Focus that gets 32 mpgs. While my DH wanted me to have the new car, since I work from home, I felt it was more cost efficient for him to use the new car. The price of gas is only going to get higher. Have you considered getting rid of the truck for something more gas tank friendly.

Honestly, when I was a young bride, in my first marriage, we were a one car family for years. Our hours were different, and I used public transportation. When my eldest was born, we still had one car. I felt totally isolated and dependant on his schedule. I would never go that route again.

It's a tough call either way.

Lee I.
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 12:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Reenski - not a bad idea! I will look into the car share! Thank you, didn't even know such a thing existed.. is it like renting a car?

Kimberly - Those are exactly the reasons I'm afraid of.. maybe we need to research really reliable cars.. not saying that sh*t doesn't happen.. but maybe less sh*t.. hah!

Tabitha - I totally agree with you.. I can't imagine only having 1 car when we have children. That would be extremely difficult!

Sami - Haha! FH had a baby as well. His corvette.. he loved that thing.. but he sold it before moving out.. he knew he had to. A corvette would not have done well with the pot holes and the snow out here..

Alysha - Oye.. I hate motorcycles.. FH use to have one, had to get rid of that thing before moving.. THANK GOD. I told him motorcycles are out of the questions.. however, to be fair.. he can buy another toy car when we can afford it.. later on.. and a corvette will do. Those things are sexy ;)

Just Reenski
Married: 1+ year ago
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May 08, 2012 at 12:15 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here's a link to Zip Car in Omaha -- I think it is like renting a car, but they include gas and insurance, and if you only need it to run to the grocery store, you only pay for the few hours instead of days. We have a program at my university that on campus students use a lot.

http://www.zipcar.com/omaha/find-cars

Lee I.
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 12:16 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Reenski - that is after he refinanced the damn thing. He has 1.99% APR. It's just fancy.. and BIG. He loved buying his toys and since he had the money he could afford it. He didn't make the wisest decisions. He admits the biggest mistakes he ever made, financially, were the house he purchased with his past girlfriend which is now an ex (and he bought her out.. and then the housing market crashed, poor dumbie), and this truck. It's a nice truck, it's powerful, it does what it is supposed to.. but we really have no use for it. It just sits and looks pretty, and every now and then gets used.

Carole M - We are thinking about getting rid of my car and his for either a 4runner, Highlander, or a Tahoe.. although.. the Tahoe and 4runner aren't all that great with gas mileage either. But I know he will need something with a towing capacity..

Lee I.
Married: 2+ years ago
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May 08, 2012 at 12:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Reenski - That is fantastic! I know we have something like that but it doesn't incorporate cars, it's for bikes. I will totally look into that!
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