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Old 07-02-2008, 01:47 PM   #21
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I didn't think this was a cost of ownership thread. I thought it was a "do you need" or "could you do with one vehicle" thread. I could be wrong.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:11 PM   #22
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At the moment my driveway looks like a junkyard. We have 3 pickup trucks, only one runs. We have 3 cars , one does not run. Also a car that is hubby's friend's , being stored in the driveway. Hubby uses his Nissan, which he bought used for errands he goes by himself. When we both go somewhere , mostly to the food store, we use my car, the Lincoln, which was bought used before the gas prices started going so high. We don't travel much , only to the food store and pet store (cat food) Hubby's middle name is Procrasination, getting rid of the non running vehicles is taking him so long.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:16 PM   #23
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America was not designed the same way the old European countries were. In Europe it is much easier to have one car. Not so in the US.
Oh GB, really! It depends on where in Europe and where in America. As I said in first response to VB, Europe is being painted to good with vehicle usage. Ronjohn makes a good point about vehicle size though!
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:17 PM   #24
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2 cars, both in the garage. DH's vet was bought used and sits in the garage. Only driven once every two or three weeks. (We could seriously part with the car!!!) DH works from home, so no need to drive anywhere, more of a convenience if you can call it that. I drive a 04 Accord, bought new through my job at fleet pricing. I only drive into work 1 to 3 times a week and that is a 53 mile round trip. My job I can do from home... just our company has not quite got comfortable with just letting us do it permanently.

We could so easily go with one car.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:19 PM   #25
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I didn't think this was a cost of ownership thread. I thought it was a "do you need" or "could you do with one vehicle" thread. I could be wrong.
As the original poster, I have no worries which direction the thread takes. Conversely, rather than a laundry list of what we own/drive/need (which, by the way, I love reading about)...my original thought was more towards how we got this way, and if we can possibly ever get away from the need for more than one or two vehicles per family.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:20 PM   #26
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2 peeps, 2 cars, one goes north to work, one goes south.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:26 PM   #27
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No cars...just three pick-up trucks. Does that make us rednecks, ya think?
Same here three trucks however they rarely are driven. one is a Dodge diesel and is used to pull horse trailers so it hasn't been used for months, I own two Ford F150s which are in the garage the truck that gets used is one of my fords to go to shopping 65 miles one way but I only go once every 2-3 weeks. Dh took the other one to go to a funeral today. Once in a while he or I need to go to town for other reasons but that is rare. Dh has a company truck for work and we live where he works, I work some here as well. I don't drive to town to pick up my prescriptions unless I'm going anyway. I got the doctor to write my meds so they all come up at the same time. When I have them mailed it's a couple bucks postage saves a whole lot of money and gas that way. I stay really stocked up on groceries etc. A shopping trip to town is quite involved and fills the entire back of truck up. Not just food but a lot of heavy stuff like dog and cat food, cat litter, cases of beer etc you name it, it's alot of work for one shopping trip but that's they way it is.. I have a cap not a camper on the back so it's all enclosed. I keep ice chests in the back for all the frozen and cold stuff it gets really hot out here in the summer.
After that everything else I want I order online and have it shipped to the ranch. Got clever the other day I ordered a Schwinn bike from Walmart instead of paying shipping I had site to store delivery which is free what I saved I dont know I then picked up bike at store yesterday when I was planning to go anyway. Oh and yes and I Hyper-Miled the whole way over and back.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:26 PM   #28
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As the original poster, I have no worries which direction the thread takes. Conversely, rather than a laundry list of what we own/drive/need (which, by the way, I love reading about)...my original thought was more towards how we got this way, and if we can possibly ever get away from the need for more than one or two vehicles per family.
That was my thought, too.
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As you post what you've got/need, do you see, can you follow how you got there? Is there any way you can see changing now? Is it too late?

Personally, I don't think it's ever too late to make changes for the good.. Maybe, I'm asking, how much are you willing to sacrifice to help the whole situation, not just your own situation?

I read how everyone has their job, life, schedule, and I get it, I really do. Yet, we all know where this is leading, don't we? Eventually, there could be taxes levied on people with gas guzzlers, people who don't take public transportation (when it's available), people who don't carpool, etc.

Not having lived through the world wars, I don't know what it was like to ration sugar, meat, gasoline...but it was done, and people altered their lives accordingly. Everyone did, not just the 'green' people.

Do you think it's possible for everyone to make changes? Why or why not? Are you willing? Why or why not?

Again, thanks all for reading this far and participating. This is a heavy topic for a light and airy kitchen, if you ask me. But, like my signature says, how can we sleep while our beds are burning. I appreciate the candor. It's these types of discussions that are the impetus for change.
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As the original poster, I have no worries which direction the thread takes. Conversely, rather than a laundry list of what we own/drive/need (which, by the way, I love reading about)...my original thought was more towards how we got this way, and if we can possibly ever get away from the need for more than one or two vehicles per family.

OK, how's this to put a smile on your face! DH and I have decided to have carriage driving lessons. No, seriously.

We have been thinking about getting another horse for sometime and were looking at a particular type of horse out of preference, only we had different preferences and only want one more horse right now. Then I have had some problems with riding recently (health) and I've been taking more than my fair share leading the old unriddenhorse oput while DH rides our shared horse. So I rmembered there are some people in a town I used to live near who drove there horse and fancy cart to the supermarket once a week. I mentioned to DH that I could drive and use the driving pony for the things that are long walking distance for a healthy person but a long long way for me. I said it half in jest, but DH thinks its a great idea and we are booked to do that. I'm about 3 winding miles from th nearest big village (which is easily walkable but takes me an embarrasingly long time) but should take to shakes of a lambs tail out with a horse. It would be too far to go o the trainstation in, but I reckon I could do all my local stuff like that if push came to shove with petrol prices.

ETA I already think really hard about this. The environment is my single biggest 'concern because beyond all the rare birds and ill people I look at beautiful children and my blood runs cold at the inheritance of damage we've received at what ravages we leave to the future. I look forward to a future hen I can get by using a car a few times a week. I hate all the flights DH and I have taken over the past couple of years and I can sometimes get a little over bogged down with trying to 'get it right'. A few years ago we were on point of trading in my Puma for a Prius and then an environmental analyust explained that it would be a poor chioce for us, as the environmental cost from manufacture to destruction of the prius was greater than running my Puma. That kind of maths makes my head spin.
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