plonkee money an english-er's thoughts on personal finance

November 12, 2007

about my car

Filed under: frugal — plonkee @ 7:26 pm

docmartensI’d like to show you a picture of my car.

I couldn’t find the exact model I have, but it’s pretty similar to the one show right here.

Yes, that’s right, my car is in fact a pair of doc martens boots.

Although I’ve had a driving licence since I was 18 years old, I’ve never owned a car. Mostly, this has been because cars are expensive to buy and run, and I don’t really need one.

Petrol is currently running at £1 a litre (approximately $7 a gallon). Car parks are increasingly expensive. Then there are the annual MOTs, servicing, repairs and insurance, not to mention the cost of buying one in the first place.

Of course, not owning a car can be restrictive. One of the main factors in choosing my current house was that it be within walking distance of my workplace in the city centre. It also means that I can’t go to Ikea on a whim, if I want to bulk buy, I need to order, and it requires slightly more planning for me to go and visit my family.

I’m used to all these restrictions, and in some ways, I actually enjoy them. I spend less money on a whim when I have to carry everything home. Living in an eminently walkable area, is pretty good – I’d hate to have to drive just to get a newspaper, even if I did own a car.

So my take on the car, is not to own one. The rest of the m-network are posting about their experiences with cars and personal finance. If you want to join in car week, write a post and let one of us know.

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