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27/01/2013 at 15:05
Do you regret going down to one car or do you think the benefits outweigh any negatives?
We've always, always had two cars but are seriously considering going down to one car in the summer when my H's NHS car lease expires I.e. order one, big, brand new car and flog mine.
He currently has a BMW one series and I have a Nissan Note, which doesn't cost a bomb to run to be honest but both cars are a bit small.
27/01/2013 at 16:09
We have gone down to one and it was fine until we moved house and now I'm feeling a bit cut off from my friends. We are thinking of getting a cheap, older car for my H just to use for work so I can still get out and about easily. I guess the only benefit we've had is saving money but I do miss the car
27/01/2013 at 16:13
We used to have two but now have one. It's fine because H cycles to work and so i use the car everyday. At the weekends its only very occasionally a pain. Saves us money, although our car is stupidly small and expensive to run. We technically still run 2 as we have the horsebox to tax/insure/MOT but day to day its fine having one.
27/01/2013 at 16:23
My H will work 3/4 mile from our new house and says he'll walk/run/cycle/get the bus to work unless he has an off-site meeting, which will leave me with the car the vast majority of the time.
We have been talking in terms of getting rid of his BMW 1 series and getting a Land Rover Freelander 2 or Qashqai, which my heart likes the idea of, but my head keeps coming back to why don't we keep the Note (which we own outright and is cheap to run) and just bin his car and the monthly car payment that goes with it. He just keeps saying 'I'm not keeping the bl00dy Note'. Honestly, it's a shallow, status symbol thing. He doesn't really want a Qashqai either
How do I get him to come round to my way of thinking?
27/01/2013 at 16:50
I don't know. We have to have a bloody 3 litre BMW thing as that's a 'sensible' family car in H's head. The fact we have 2 of these at the moment is a nonsense. We will be down to two soon though (or we better be). Is his problem with the note purely cosmetic? Can you find a compromise of a smaller (compared to the BMW) but still family car that's cheaper to run but that H would consider to be more prestige?
E.g. H and I have looked at Golf's. Nice family size, good boot, but smaller in general and not crap which is H's concern.
Generally we found having 1 car fine. It just involved a bit more communication and planning than we used to do.
27/01/2013 at 18:12
We have one, but only had two for the first few months we lived together. It's easy for us as we both commute by train to work and walk to the station. Weekends it's very rarely if ever a problem. I can't actually remember the last time it was an issue. We're lucky that the train line also serves a big shopping centre, H's mum and two of our closest friends so we have a decent backup but rarely have to use it. Given you'll be in a similar situation re H not using it for work, it seems to make sense.
We have a Qashqai +2 and recommend it, but I agree with your H that there are trendier cars, but I couldn't justify the extra £ for some trendy points.
27/01/2013 at 18:51
We keep toying with the idea of getting rid of mine but H uses his everyday and it would be me that suffers, and I would.
We looked at the Quashquai for H but he wanted a BMW or Audi - we setlled on a Kuga which is cheaper than the Quashqui to run.
27/01/2013 at 19:02
Have a look at the Kia Sportage...
We couldn't be without two cars at all. If I were you, Id keep the Note.
27/01/2013 at 19:05
Yeah, it's largely cosmetic. He hates the new Golf, as do I. No bigger than the Note anyway to be fair. I see what he's saying, we do need a bigger car if our family is gonna increase. Grrrrr. Hate "big" purchases. Or 3 year commitments, in this case. I might see if I can get him to test drive the Qashqai 2. I know they're common in this area cos they're built 15 miles away but . . . give a sh1t, if they meet your requirements?
Is the Kuga the Ford 4x4 1st Baby?
27/01/2013 at 19:06
Rusty - Kia sportage on our list of quotes to the NHS but h is not at all keen. I guess stuff like the 7 year warranty doesn't apply cos it's on a lease scheme anyway.
27/01/2013 at 19:08
It's a bargain to lease. It's on my list for next time. We had one on holiday in Austria. The safest I've ever felt driving abroad.
27/01/2013 at 19:21
Is it? Oh right. Let's wait for the quotes to come back then because we have requested it. There's a white one at the end of our street and i think it looks ok. h, the brand snob, disagrees. yawn. ultimately, like most things, i get the deciding vote ;-) Qashqai 2 has come back at £250 per month, which includes absolutely everything except petrol.
27/01/2013 at 20:18
We were also quite taken with the Kia sportage, was a close call with the Qashqai.
The skoda yeti also get's amazing reviews. Not sure you'll peruade your H on that one though....
27/01/2013 at 20:31
We traded our Ford fiesta and Seat Ibiza sport for a nissan Qashqai - best thing we did finacially as our last cars were both on finance, and by trading them in, we were able to buy our car, which is newer, in cash and rid ourselves of any monthly payments.
Both cars were also new so we are saving a fortune in servicing - because I do so many work miles we were getting mine serviced at £300+ a go every 6-9months, and then because H is young his insurance was in excess of £1000, plus tax, valeting etc.
However, we do live 500m from Hs work. Itsjust inconvinient when H is on leave and im working as I need the car and im too far for him to drop me in, and there isnt a bus/train so he has to find lifts/pay for a taxi but the saving is still huge for us.
27/01/2013 at 21:21
Good luck! My H is the same with the status/prestige car thing, whereas I would much rather we spent less on his car and had more £££s in our pockets, but he's always been car crazy so I can't change that. We currently have a BMW 3 series estate sport thing, it's a good family car for us. We did have a saloon version until 2 months ago, when it caught fire with us all in it!
28/01/2013 at 13:56
It's ultimately my choice cos I will drive it 99% of the time. I'd rather drive a rust bucket and go to Disney World me
28/01/2013 at 19:45
My H won't have anything but japanese for the reliability. normally Lexus!
Don't get me wrong, since driving them I totally see his point of view on how much more they have on them compared to rival brands I.e. BMW & Mercedes etc.
We're looking at changing now as need more than 5 seats and we just can't decide! It's so hard.
29/01/2013 at 20:53
We have just recently sold my Focus so now down to H's BMW 3 series estate (another gas guzzler) and have found it fine. H now cycles to the train station for work so is getting fitter and when he has needed to use it I have managed.
We actually do have a mid life crisis car in the garage which is H's but I won't drive it!!
29/01/2013 at 21:25
I'm reading this with interest as H and I are considering going down to 1 car. I've only used the car once since H has gone back to work, plus I would be able to get the bus to the nearest big town since the buggy-friendly buses were introduced 6 months ago.
30/01/2013 at 09:43
We went down to one car 2 years ago and have never regretted it. One thing is that we think how much we are saving and mentally that allows us to, for example, get a taxi on occasions or hire a car for the weekend if we need to be going in two different directions, which does often happen.
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