Hello! Happy Monday. I’ve got a question for you today…
Over the past several months Jan and I have been thinking about buying our first car.
Our usual transportation routine is pretty simple, and worked really well for the past five years. We walk a lot and can otherwise take the bus or skytrain most places. For trips out to the local mountains or the Island, we’ve used Car2Go and Evo. In the summer, I mostly ride my bike. For longer camping trips, which we’ve taken 1-2 times per year, we have just rented a car (the photo above was from our trip to Alaska!). Cobbling all this together just seemed like the less expensive option and worked pretty well.
Back in January, we had a flat tire in an Evo on the way back from Mt. Seymour, and were forced to wait several hours for BCAA via the Evo support, instead of calling a regular tow truck. In February, Car2Go shut down all their North American operations, so that option was gone. Of course in March, COVID arrived in BC and we stopped using public transit (honestly, we also stopped going most places).
Now, we’ve booked a couple of camping trips and we think that we’re going to be traveling in-province only for the forseeable future. In the summer it’s still really easy for me to cycle to work (and we think Jan will be at home through the rest of the year). Beyond that, it is seeming like it will make more and more sense to have a car of our own. Evo’s are hard to find when it’s raining!
The thing is, I’ve never bought a car before- or even owned one! As a teenager I borrowed my parents’ vehicles sometimes, and in medical school I was lucky enough to use a car they didn’t need. Other than that, it’s always been muscle or Compass card-powered transportation.
So far we’ve heard some good advice, like consider buying a used car instead of a new one and always be prepared to negotiate the price.
What else do you think we need to know? Thanks so much for your help!