Two totaled Subarus in five years: what are the odds? Thank God, we’re all fine, and no, neither accident was our fault!
Two weeks ago, a Jeep slammed into our 2001 Subaru Legacy. Our four-year-old was in the backseat. Ironically, that’s where his big brother was sitting on Mother’s Day, 2006, when a huge deer ran into the front of our 1999 Subaru wagon. (I was sitting in the front seat, very pregnant at the time. Thank God — and Subaru — we were all fine!)
The insurance company totaled the car because it would cost more than “the car is worth” to fix it. Says who? Talk about a waste, from a sustainability perspective!
So while we will get $9,000 or so to replace our Subaru, it’s hard – no unthinkable – to replace the car we bought new with someone else’s old car.
At first, I took it as a great green challenge to go carless. After all, we live near metro, I walk to my office, and the school bus comes to the corner. It was just the other week that I turned down a corporate Zip Car membership. Maybe time to reconsider? Or what about BlaBlaCar, a ride-sharing service that cuts carbon – and costs?
But the thought of trekking several blocks with a sick kid in tow to grab a Zipcar to get to the doctors made me realize I didn’t want to give up the convenience of a car in my driveway, ready to roll. And BlaBlaCar, regrettably, is not yet available in the US.
So now I’m back to square one, thinking about what to do next.
What about you, dear readers? Does your family get by with just one car? How do you do it, when you live outside a city center? Am I crazy to think about trying to survive with just one family car? (DH uses the wagon for his commute).
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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