July 22, 2017

Life without my car: ‘I miss it but I’m saving €700 a year’



Joan Scales with a GoCar. The cars are a variety of Ford and Hyundai superminis and hatchbacks, and also a few BMW i3 electric cars. Photograph: Cyril Byrne Arriving home late on a Friday night in December, I was shocked to discover that I had been burgled, and it was the next day before I discovered they had stolen my only car key. I rushed to the door and it was still there, and it was again the next day and the next day. The car had a big secret: the big end was gone and if they stole it that might be the end of my problem. As it was, a 15-year-old BMW was worth little with a busted big end.

So there it sat, waiting for me to pay €200 for a new set of keys or whatever, and so I did nothing. It was taxed, insured, had a parking permit and NCT. I loved my car and could not bear to write it off yet.

When it came to the end of the tax I realised that putting the car off the road was the only option. There was nothing for it but “end-of-life”. Which as it happened […]

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