Post # 1
Does anyone else share 1 vehicle with their SO? Darling Husband and I currently share a car since we work similar hours at jobs within 10 minutes of each other (but about 25 miles from home :-). It’s not always the most convenient, but at least we’re saving money on gas and being kind to the environment
Post # 3
I would totally do it if we were in a similar situation to you guys, but I work 10 hours a day for four days, and Darling Husband works 8 hours Monday through Friday. Our schedules are crazy different, we’re even on the other side of the city!
Post # 4
This would never work for Darling Husband and me because we work in different cities and at different times, and public transportation is out of the question for both of us.
There is a married couple in my company who only has one car and it works fine for them. As long as you work in the same place (or nearby) and the same hours, it can work. Although it probably stinks when one has to work late and the other is stuck, too!
Post # 5
We share 1 car, and most of the time it works out well. I keep the car when he’s away, and usually we manage the schedule so our jobs/errands/meetings work out, but we’ve also come to terms with waiting around when we have to (a.k.a. I love my Kindle).
It’s nice to save on gas, and reducing emissions by “carpooling” each other is an added bonus.
Post # 6
We live in the city, so we use public transportation to get to work or to do most of our errands. But we have one car between us. It’s pretty easy to manage. I think we’ve only run in to a problem once where one of us had to cancel their plans because the other person had the car. It’s also nice to split the car payment, gas, and insurance!
Post # 7
We’re lucky enough to live and work in a city where we really don’t need cars. We both walk to work (it’s an 18 minute walks for both of us, coincidentally enough, although we don’t work at the same place), and we can rent Zipcars when we need to do a big grocery shopping or errand run. Not having a car saves us SO much money.
Post # 8
we have shared a car in the past but we soon bought another car, because it just wasnt the sort of thing we could keep up forever considering we had different schedules.
Post # 9
We have 2 cars but only drive 1 of them. My husband works a few blocks from me,. If he’s not driving I take public transportation. The metro and bus lines are really good were I live and driving isn’t a necessity.
Post # 10
@AprilJo2011: It does stink sometimes. Hubby works at a credit union, and every other Friday he works until 7:15 (and I work 8-5). So, I just hang out at Starbucks for a couple of hours since it makes no sense for me to drive all the way home and then back again for him.
Post # 11
We thought about doing this because Darling Husband travels for work and takes a car service to the airport. So I’m the only one who really needs a car during the week.
But the car we would have sold is fully paid off and worth only about $2K so we decided it was worth more to us as a second car for when we both have to be separate places or if our other car breaks down or something.
Post # 12
We share 1 car, it works because we both take a bus to work.
Post # 13
We’ve shared one car for over 5 years now and it’s been great. We work together and obviously live together so having an extra car payment, insurance bill, more repairs and maintenance, gas (especially now that it’s $4+ p/gallon), etc is totally not worth it. We could easily afford to have a second car but there’s really no point. Honestly, I can count on one hand how many times only having one vehicle has been an issue and that’s only because he’s wanted to go somewhere when I was out doing something or vice versa. Less than half a dozen inconveniences are nowhere near worth the financial burden of having a second car.
Our car will be paid off this summer so we plan to bank the $300+ that we were paying towards that every month and hopefully be able to put a hefty down payment down on a new car. Having one car payment is perfectly fine but I would never want two.
ETA: This really only works for us because we work together and have the same schedule. If we worked for different companies, it would never fly. Public transportation in our area is not something that either of us want to suffer through.
Post # 14
for sure, though it depends on where you live. right now we don’t have a car since we’re in nyc (we use zip car occasionally), but we had 1 car when we lived in dc–dh used it to commute, but i could take public transportation to get to work. also, i have my driver’s license but have only driven a handful of times since getting it like 10 years ago–hooray for living in urban places, i hate driving 🙂
Post # 15
I’m jealous of all of you that this works for! I’d love to only have one car to maintain and insure (and feed gas to!)… but we live in the middle of nowhere – it’s 40 minutes to one of DHs jobs and an hour 15 to the other, and he works as an EMT with crazy schedules.
We do have an awesome free shuttle service, but it only runs during select hours with select stops, so it’s not super helpful.
Be thankful if this works for you 🙂
Post # 16
We used to have our separate cars, but I recently sold mine so Fiance could buy a work van. We currently share his Acurs RSX. I don’t care to drive so this doesn’t bother me at all. Hah.