I sold my car three years ago and have yet to replace it. I never really intended to be carless, it just kind of worked out that way. I guess I can say that since I sold it, I haven’t really needed to buy another car. It obviously has been something I can live without and it has been, more often than not, an enjoyable experience.
Being carless means fewer things to worry about. I no longer worry about hailstorms, shopping carts, speed bumps, pot holes, tree sap, the price of gas, careless drivers, slow drivers, insurance premiums, oil changes, dead batteries, flat tires, depreciation, toll tags, speed traps, inspections and vehicle registration. Because I don’t have these worries or expenses, if you’ve given me a ride somewhere I’ve probably bought you food. I’m happy to buy you food. In fact, if you’re ever passing through Waco, let me know and I’ll buy you lunch, or dinner, or coffee, or groceries.
Being carless has made me a smarter shopper. Online shopping and being carless has pretty much killed the drive-to-the-store-and-get-it-NOW desire in me (which usually ended in disappointment when something wasn’t in stock, and then regret when I’d end up buying something else as a substitute). I’m now perfectly happy to wait a few days and have things delivered to my door.
All in all, it’s been a fun experiment. Humbling, but fun.