deardancer3 wrote:I would go the middle ground; dont renew insurance or plates, dont fix expensive stuff, quit using that car at all, see how long you can go without it.
If you like the new "no car life", you are 2/3 done---If you change your mind and decide you need a car, just get plates and insurance and fix anthing important, dont have to go car shopping.
I have a car and dont like to use it. but I needed it for Dr visits and bad weather days.
once the gas prices go up another fifty cents, lots of people will understand not using a car even if you have access to one.
my two watts worth
This is good advice. What I did, was park the car last winter as much as I possibly could and committed myself to taking the bike to see if it was feasible to exist with only the bike. I found that even on the worst days I was able to take the bike so things didn't seem to bad. It was costing me around $150 month to maintain the car and that was without any major repairs. Almost immediately I had two friends (and even my landlady!) tell me if I ever need to borrow a car just ask. As far as picking up free things, that is a good point. I probably do miss out on a few things like that, but if I'm paying to maintain a car just to get free things, they aren't really free. Besides, I did find that good deal last year of the nearly free Bike-E and Sun EZ-1. I just asked one of my friends that had offered to let me use a car if he'd help me go get them and he did.