After having a few pointed conversations with a handful of people who we knew were in the market, my mom and I both took to social media to see if anyone would be interested in my car. We knew it was a great car and a great deal, but we still thought we might end up craigslisting it and/or taking out an ad in the local paper.
Within 24 hours at least two people contacted me or my mother expressing interest in the car! Within 48 hours, my title was being overnighted to me to sign (both the title and the car are in my hometown, since I haven't kept a car in the city for almost a year). The buyer is transferring the money to me either today or tomorrow and will pick up the car from my parents at the end of the holiday weekend.
Best things about being car-free?
1. A huge chunk of my net worth isn't sitting in my parents driveway, depreciating. Jesus, cars are a lot of money. A lot. And while I understand that for many people they are a necessity (or are they?), I live in a city with excellent public transit that I use almost daily (and pay a pretty penny for). I can get to most anywhere I need to on Megabus, Greyhound, or Amtrak. And if I'm really desperate, I can always rent a car. All of which are cheaper, annually speaking, that car insurance. Speaking of...
2. No more car insurance. It's simple: no car, no insurance. Annual savings? Almost $500! (And that's as a non-driving classified vehicle - yikes!)
3. It ain't easy being green. Sure I still take busses, which use gas (and way more than a car), but overall using public transit and walking wherever I need to go help decrease my carbon footprint. (Too bad I can't convince our new building to invest in some recycling bins!)
So what does this mean? Well, in September it will be BYE-BYE INTEREST BEARING STUDENT LOAN! I'm still deciding what to do with the approximate $4,000 surplus (putting it toward the non-interest bearing student loan doesn't seem very smart...), but I'm just glad to be done with the car!