As a fellow Mustachian, I am quite proud to not own a car. I save a ton of money and headaches. But I have my weak moments.
One such period was last summer. I convinced myself to buy a used Tesla Model S (after renting one last year). I went through the whole process: research, comparison, test drive, negotiation.
Similar to this guy I wanted to approach it more intelligently. I had it all figured out: I would purchase the car through my company, gaining some tax advantages. I would share it on Sharoo to cover the expenses. I would have Free Supercharging for life. So I could use it whenever I wanted, basically for free.
But then I discovered all the hassles of owning and renting out a car:
- I’d need special insurance that covers third-party renting
- I’d need a parking space that is publicly accessible
- I’d need to install a wall charger
- I’d need to deal with all the pains and hassles of renting a car (renter support, cleaning, repairing damages, vomit incidents, …)
So I came full circle: I want to use a car, and not own one. Period.
Catch a Car recently added 30 VW e-Golf’s to it’s fleet. Not as cool as driving a Tesla, but still better than any internal combustion engine car. I’m now driving electric whenever I can!
I have to admit: There is a certain satisfaction in taking a Pick-e-Bike to a VW e-Golf and just driving off, without owning anything.