Are you a long time reader here at Adventures with Poopsie?
For those who haven’t been reading for long and who can’t be bothered clicking on those links to read the posts, I’ll give you some brief background. Like most couples, Poopsie and I both entered our relationship with a car. We decided to become a one car family when we lived in Brisbane and were working in the same location, therefore sharing our commute. Neither of our cars were suitable for what we wanted/needed, so we sold both and purchased a 2012 Volkswagen Polo.
We love this car and wax lyrically to anyone who will listen about how fantastic it is on fuel. Over the most recent Christmas break, we filled her up in Sydney and made it all the way to my parent’s house on the Gold Coast with fuel left in the tank. It wasn’t until a day or two later that we refuelled. That is our kind of fuel efficiency!
When we moved to Sydney at the start of 2018, Poopsie and I worked 30 minutes away from each other. No matter where we decided to live, we would need two cars. Fortunately, my dad happened to be getting rid of his 2010 Hyundai i30 at the time and we snapped it up for $5000. It is not very fuel efficient, but it did the job in Sydney for my small commute.
When I moved down to Canberra mid-year, I only looked for homes in walking distance of my new office. We had every intention of selling the i30 once Poopsie had moved to Canberra full time, which he did in January of this year.
However, we have now decided to keep the i30.
When I work in my office, I walk to work. I am a consultant, however, which means I spend large chunks of time at client site. This could be anywhere in Canberra and thus, in the last couple of months we have found ourselves needing two cars on a regular basis.
This will definitely cost us more in the long term, with additional registration and insurance costs. Fuel is a fairly minor factor as everything in Canberra is only a short drive and so we only fill up about once a month. It’s definitely a convenience thing, but when trying to do well at both of our jobs, not being able to get there is not something either of us wants to deal with.
We will likely be a one car family in retirement, but for now, we are keeping both cars. We try and keep our costs as low as possible but know that the convenience factor is important to us at this point in our working careers.
How many cars does your family have? Tell us your car story in the comments below!