I Finally Sold My Car

By Sean Ogle •  Updated: 11/30/09 •  6 min read

Well I did it.  I joined the legions of car-less Portlandians, who despite their predisposition to motorless travel, still shun umbrellas during the dreariest months of the year.

Sure, in the next 6 weeks I would have been trading in my car for a tuk tuk anyways, but it will certainly be a test for me to go this long with only my two feet for travel.

If you have been following my journey, you know that I have been talking about and advocating for selling your car for months.  The benefits of doing so are undeniable:

You think Subaru makes a tuk tuk?

You think Subaru makes a tuk tuk?

However, the chances are, you already know about those benefits.  When it all comes down to it, for many people the convenience of having a car outweighs any benefits they may get from selling it, regardless of the price.  That was the case for me for 6 months.  I would dabble with Craigs List, but looking back, I really didn’t commit to the cause of getting rid of my car until about two weeks ago.  It feels good being rid of the debt, but I won’t lie, in a lot of ways I miss my car already.  The convenience of driving out to the golf course at a moments notice, or making a quick jaunt down to Eugene to see my family, was second to none.  Now my golf excursions are much more carefully planned, and the Amtrak 507 train is my new best friend when it comes to holiday trips to Eugene.

So, as I am very new to the whole “carless” thing I thought I would provide a few links from others that have seen a little more success than me:

Going Carless Isn’t as Painful as Expected.  Matt of Steadfast Finances bet his buddy that he would go “completely nuts” if he went carless for an entire year.  Check out what happened.

My Ride. This guy devoted a whole blog to going carless, aptly named “Going Carless“.  This page discusses how he makes his life work with nothing but a bike and public transportation.  Hey, when you are a mere 2 miles from the only 2 breweries in town, it’s easy to make it work on a bike.  Sidenote: I wonder what it would be like to live in a town with only two breweries?  I’m not sure I would like it much. (Portland has more breweries than any other city in the country.)

If you need help selling you car, it may be useful to learn about these 67 Ways NOT to sell one.

There have even been some VERY useful comments related to selling your car from the Location180 Readers:

“I’ve been without a car now for nearly two months and whilst I’m not living in the same city, I don’t miss it. Lots of walking and way more use of the iPod. Also much less angst from being ‘stuck in traffic. Hire a car if you need one or use a service like Zipcar if they are in your area. The environmental and physical benefits make it a win-win too.”  – James P Hart

“Good for you for going carfree – I’ve been without a car for 2 1/2 years and love it! Bike and bus and walk everywhere. It’ll increase your creativity for getting places 100%. Good for you for taking this step.”Robyn

“I just sold my car before moving up to Seattle and it was the best decision I made in the move! I’m saving so much money. I thought I would need to get a monthly bus pass (about half what my insurance was), but I’ve found it much more enjoyable to walk everywhere. I’m meeting more people, seeing more things, really feeling the city (if that’s something you can actually do).” – Kristin Norris

It is great to see that I am not the only one.

Ok, if you still aren’t convinced that this is a good way to go (I may just be trying to reinforce my decision here) then you need to look at it from Chris Guillebeau‘s perspective: Would you rather visit 100 countries or have an SUV?

It appears as though I am going with the former.

Tell us your thoughts about the car/no-car debate in the comments!

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Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle is the Founder of Location Rebel where he has spent the last 12+ years teaching people how to build online businesses that give them the freedom to do more of the things they like to do in life. When he's not in the coffee shops of Portland, or the beaches of Bali, he's probably sneaking into some other high-class establishment where he most certainly doesn't belong.
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