I’m in a situation where I need 2 cars. I work 5 days a week…40 hours. My wife works 3 days a week, 36 hours. I take my son (2 yo) to daycare because she leaves too early to drop him off and gets home too late to pick him up. So the 3 days she works, I take him back and forth to daycare. It would be impossible (well, not impossible, but complete misery) for me to share a car, as I’d have to wake him up at 4:30 in order to get my wife to work, drop him off at daycare, and then drive to work, pick him up, pick up my wife, etc. It would be a very long day for all involved.
Now, the 2 days she’s at home, we could get away with 1 car, but she’d be stuck at home, unless she dropped me off and picked me up. Again, not ideal with a 2 year old.
Could I do a car share to cut expenses. Yes. It’s way easier for me to float 2 leases, insurance, gas, maintenance, etc… And, since I have the financial means to do so, It just doesn’t interest me. That said, I have begun to work from home more, and just go to the office the days my wife is home with the living, breathing hurricane. I still have to take him to daycare though the days she works…so I’m back to still needing 2 cars based on our different schedules.
It’s funny…I can be stuck at home (like now) with the car sitting in the driveway rotting away, and I’m fine. Drop it off at the shop for something all day, and I’m going stir crazy my car isn’t in the driveway, despite the fact I have nowhere to go. Having a car in the driveway is a form of freedom to me, and when it’s not there, I feel imprisoned.