Author Topic: Temporary Car Conundrum  (Read 2529 times)


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Temporary Car Conundrum
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:33:39 PM »
Currently our household functions on two cars.
My spouse has to have a vehicle for work purposes due to the nature of the job and on-call hours. 1 pm - 7 pm Tues, 10 am - 6:30pm Weds-Sat, and a rotating on call schedule.
I drive 8 miles to work.  7am-3:30pm M-F
One car died today. Hopefully it is an easy fix, but I am attempting to solicit ideas on what to do if it cannot be resuscitated.
I want to avoid replacing it since we are moving in 7 weeks to a house. That house will be within 3 blocks of a bus route and the goal is to become a 1 car family at that time.
I cannot bike round trip due to an injury that I am still recovering from. I should be good to ride that distance in ~4 weeks depending how my final x-rays turn out.
We are not currently on a bus line.
So I am wondering if anybody has any creative transportation ideas for the next month? It's mostly how do I get to work on Tues-Fridays. I have some ideas but nothing that works all the time.


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Re: Temporary Car Conundrum
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 04:43:39 PM »
You don't necessarily need just one solution, you could cobble together a few. You could try to carpool, or join a car share program, or borrow someone's car. It's kinda shitty but you could also get dropped off and/or picked up by your spouse and just run some errands or read during the wait. Worst case Uber or taxi. I've also heard of airbnb for cars, you could look into that. Good luck!

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Re: Temporary Car Conundrum
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 05:02:30 PM »
Any coworkers live on your direction or drive generally past you on their way to work? You could carpool with them.

Does your area have a dial-a-ride or transit service (basically an extension of bus/transit service)? Even though you aren't on a bus line, you can still schedule a ride either all the way to work or to bring you to a bus station. Our transit service in our area also offers ride matching (matching people with carpools), Vanpools, etc

Also agree with the single-car spouse drop off and pick up idea -- its a great way to get forced 'get-shit-done" time. If your work allows it, you could temporarily adjust your schedule slightly to better align with your spouses work schedule.