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We need your advice!

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!

4 Comments

  • Jill
    June 1, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Go electric! We have a Prius prime and an Acura RDX, and we spend 5x as much on gas for the Acura despite my partner commuting waaaaaaay farther to work in the Prius. We thought it would be good to have a bigger car, but honestly we can transport everything we need on the roof racks of the Prius.

    P.s. I stumbled across your blog a few weeks back and Iโ€™ve totally loved reading! Hope youโ€™re doing well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Alyssa Heuninck
      June 1, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      So nice to hear from you! Thanks for the tip- we hadn’t really thought about electric vs regular! Definitely still in the research stage.. and good point about the roof rack!

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  • Rudi Heuninck
    June 1, 2020 at 8:04 am

    If you want a realley Good used car it cost almost like a new one, i would prefer An hybride new car

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    • Alyssa Heuninck
      June 1, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      en gas is duur!

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