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    Senior Member Yppej's Avatar
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    Do you have state inspections in Arizona? Or can you run a car into the ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Do you have state inspections in Arizona? Or can you run a car into the ground?
    Inspections for emissions, yes. Rob

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    Revisiting with my new trial at car free living sort of. My son walks and bikes everywhere as his wife has a car. He had a bad ankle break and 8 weeks cast and then rehab, so I gave him my car to get him to the shop. He seems to be logging a whooping 16 miles a week on it, ha. So I have been car free so to say, I have had zero issues as I bike anyhow, live 1/2 mile from grocery market, online order and transport granddaughter in a bike trailer. Husband drives and we go away on weekends on hiking or biking trips.
    So this was the ultimate test for me as I have tried car-free in one way or another many times. Can I/could I? Yes no problems. What I realized is living where I live with no form of public transportation would I feel stuck in one spot, Yes if I want to visit other locations besides my small dot in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikingLady View Post
    Revisiting with my new trial at car free living sort of. My son walks and bikes everywhere as his wife has a car. He had a bad ankle break and 8 weeks cast and then rehab, so I gave him my car to get him to the shop. He seems to be logging a whooping 16 miles a week on it, ha. So I have been car free so to say, I have had zero issues as I bike anyhow, live 1/2 mile from grocery market, online order and transport granddaughter in a bike trailer. Husband drives and we go away on weekends on hiking or biking trips.
    So this was the ultimate test for me as I have tried car-free in one way or another many times. Can I/could I? Yes no problems. What I realized is living where I live with no form of public transportation would I feel stuck in one spot, Yes if I want to visit other locations besides my small dot in the world.
    Wow, good for you on your trial run! Hope your son makes a smooth recovery.

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    My car is still disabled, and fixing it has become the new Impossible Task. Maybe I'll wait 'til it hits the two year mark.
    But I don't need to go anywhere...

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    One of the reasons I specifically chose Quebec City as my ultimate (so far, anyway :P ) early retirement destination is that it's incredibly pedestrian-friendly. (Especially compared to some of the other places I lived, such as Fort Worth or Las Vegas...)

    I sold my car (a good ol' 2013 Kia Rio) a month after I quit my job in Toronto earlier this year, simply because there was no longer any need for it. Since then, I've needed a vehicle only twice: to move all my stuff to Quebec City, and to move Ikea furniture to my new apartment. Both times, a small Uhaul truck did the trick, and the grand total was much lower than a single month's worth of insurance + registration + cost of the parking spot, etc.

    I'm somewhat of a nomad, so I understand that this approach is not for everyone. (I have it on good authority that most people enjoy staying in the same city for years - even decades. What a strange concept. :P ) But if you've got some wanderlust in you, consider moving to a town or a nice major city (so once again, not Fort Worth hahaha) where everything is within walking distance or there's reliable and efficient public transit.
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    I need my car. Itís the only place I can listen to jazz without being hassled.

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    I could probably come close between cycling and a little uber, but I have friends and family out of town, go fishing in the mountains occationally, and use the truck to haul things. Since covid I think my annual mileage is less than 5,000 a year. I might save a few bucks on insurance, but as little as I drive, getting rid of the car is sort of a mute point.

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    Hah! My 2018 Escape (bought new 3 years ago in January) has almost 72K miles on it. Even though I was employed for 4 months last year and then worked from home for 8 months, I drive a LOT to dive. Just replaced the original tires a few weeks ago at 70.5K miles. I have a 40 mile round trip daily commute. I love to drive. I’m in the far out burbs. Almost no public transit here, outside of dial a ride for seniors and the commuter trains to downtown Chicago.

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    Since retiring I only put about 4K miles a year in my car. Itís 13 years old with 63k miles. I am the third little old lady to own it.

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