Cars are expensive, there’s no doubt about that. Being able to afford one, then being able to afford the fuel to run it and the insurance to cover it, is a big deal in the modern world, and one no one undertakes lightly. And because of this, a lot of people decide to give car ownership a skip, and seem to miss out on a lot of convenience of daily life.
But looks aren’t everything, as owning a car might be nothing but a drain on your finances, and there are plenty of alternatives out there you can look into. So without further ado, here’s a couple of the best ideas you may want to look into if you’re currently trying to convince yourself your budget will stretch to a new vehicle.
Sometimes the fuel consumption just isn’t worth it! (Source)
Try Out Leasing
Leasing is where you take out a long term let of a car, and use it as your own without actually needing to own it. You pay a fee every month, you won’t need to worry about the value of the car once it’s time to change your vehicle, and then you’re left with a good car with a good mileage that’ll take you wherever you need to go.
Of course, you’ll still need to pay for the insurance, but you won’t need to pay for the vehicle outright, which can save you thousands over the length of your leasing contract. And if you’ve got a good credit score, you won’t have too much trouble with the interest rate either, so here’s hoping you’ve managed to pay off that credit card in time!
Find a Smaller Vehicle
It can be harder to go smaller than a car when it comes to finding a cheap vehicle, but it’s possible, and might just be the best decision for you. So if you don’t have too many family considerations to take into account, or you have a partner who owns a car the little ones can be transported in, why not look into investing in a smaller vehicle? It’ll still take you wherever you need to go, and it can often cut down your travel time as well.
Of course, something like a motorcycle would be a good idea here, as even brand new models will only cost a couple of thousand, and about 5 thousand at maximum, to buy outright, especially if all you need is a beginner cycle. And don’t worry if there’s no motorcycle centres near you – you can use a bit of motorcycle transport to get your new bike back and forth from the next city over if there’s a better garage there.
Car ownership isn’t something everyone can look into, but it’s something you can very well work around if you’ve got the research on your hands. After all, always relying on public transport isn’t the best option for your needs, so be sure to look into ideas like these if you need something better.
*This is a collaborative post.
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