Before leaving Canada we budgeted 3000 pounds to buy a used car in the UK. We had been told it was a necessity for life in the Isle of Man and my husband is provided a car allowance as part of his salary.
Well, that money is still in the bank and we’re still without a car.
Not that we haven’t been tempted.
We walk a lot and there are many used car lots or for sale signs on cars parked on the street. Used vehicles are priced a lot lower here than they are at home. We’re told the prices are low because of the recession and that there is a glut of used vehicles. We’ve looked at cars from 1350 pounds all the way up to 6000 pounds.
We’ve looked and yet, we’re still without a car.
The other week I took a trip down south to Port Erin for a beach day with Henry. I was aiming to take the train but missed it and took the bus instead. The bus was relatively quick, easy to use and very modern. Lots of room for our stroller and the driver was very helpful when I asked for directions. Round trip it cost me 5.80. Even a dozen bus trips a month and a few taxis will be considerably cheaper than owning a car. I’d also be psyched to put that 3000 pounds we’re holding onto for a car, onto our remaining debt.
Before leaving Canada I was interviewed by Carrie Kirby of the Chicago Tribune for a piece on families that go without a car. I was proud and excited to share our story with Carrie and, hopefully, encourage other readers to rethink their automobile dependency. I was also really sad to be moving to the UK and have a car again.
Now we’re not so sure we need a car. We’re testing the waters with public transport, taxis for Chris to work on super rainy days (we’re told umbrellas are useless in the rain here – it goes sideways) and, as usual, walking a lot. Some days I walk more than 10km between getting a few groceries and going to the park. Pleasant footpaths here and it’s a great way to stay in shape.
So we’re still car-free for now. I’ll again be tracking our expenses and letting you know what it’s costing us.
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