For the first few years of our marriage, my wife and I only had one car between us. We’d both had junk cars to get us through college, and they both broke down at about the same time, and fixing either one of them would cost more than the car was worth. So at about the same time that we got our first apartment together, we also got our first car, and since money was tight, we just shared it. In the morning she would drop me off at the bus stop, and then drive herself in to work. That was great, for a while, but then eventually she changed shifts, and I got a different job that kept me working different hours, and suddenly the morning bus stop routine wasn’t as viable anymore. It was time for us to invest in a second car.
Having a second form of transportation keeps a busy household going.
There are as many reasons to invest in a second (or third, or fourth, or whatever) car as there are people and families in the world. With today’s dynamic careers, and most adults in most households holding down a job, having a car for each working adult means flexibility and freedom to get to work and run the errands that need to be run to keep a busy household going. Not to mention once kids enter the picture, there’s an even greater need for an additional car, to make sure that the kids can get to after-school activities, doctor appointments, lessons, sports practices, and whatever else they might need. And when the kids get older, they’ll want access to that additional car themselves as they start to gain their own independence.
We enjoy having a car and a pickup.
Another reason to pick up an additional vehicle is to get some functionality that your current vehicle lacks. When my wife and I bought our second car, we got a small pickup so that we wouldn’t have to continuously impose on friends who owned pickups, or have furniture and other bulky items delivered whenever we bought them. If you already have a pickup or SUV, investing in a compact car can save a bundle on gas mileage, especially with fuel prices continuing to creep up and up.
Having two vehicles spreads out the wear and tear.
Having more than one vehicle at your household’s disposal will also mean that each of those vehicles lasts longer. While cars still require regular maintenance no matter what, the fewer miles you put on each car, the less strain on that car and the longer it’s going to last. And if one of your cars does break down, having a second car on-hand can prevent you from being stranded.
Check all your credit options before making your decision.
Whatever your reasons for adding another vehicle to your family’s garage, when the time comes to do so, I recommend checking out a reputable and reliable dealer. Make sure they are a no credit check dealer, and they’ll help you find the second car that’s perfect for you and your family, at a price you can afford!
Lamar enjoys writing about automobiles. He recently had dealings with Instant Credit Auto Sales in Kansas City, and he likes sharing his buying experiences.