While it’s really handy having a car, when you have one that doesn’t get used that often (like mine), it can begin to feel like a bit of a waste of money.
When it comes to work during the week, I use a scooter to get there because Sydney’s Surry Hills is a difficult area for parking and getting on the scooter is just faster. I mainly use the car to drive my 11-year-old daughter to her dad’s in Goulburn, which is about 2.5 hours out of Sydney. We do the trip every second weekend, so it’s convenient having the car so we can pack it up in the morning and then race off in the afternoon.
During the week I also use it on some afternoons, mainly to take my daughter to AFL training and games. She does drama and has a maths tutor as well. But while none of her extra-curricular activities are very far away, it’s handy to have a car to get there.
Yet despite the convenience, my car would literally sit in my driveway Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm as and that’s hardly enough to justify the expense of owning one. That’s when I thought if I could get my car to pay for itself, it would be worthwhile to keep it. So I started renting out my car to neighbours when I wasn’t using it and now, it definitely pays for itself – it doesn’t cost me a thing.