The car figure must be using weird metrics like depreciation
I have driven for a living for 4 years in my own vehicle, including buying the car I have spent around 2200 dollars (not including gas) in the last 2 years. Gas ends up around 100 dollars a month or if im working alot 200. even if I bought a new car every year it would be far less than the stated number. (I generally get a car for 1-2 thousand dollars and run it into the ground with minor maintenance). So far my cars generally last 3-5 years before its a better deal to buy a new one at roughly 1000 in maintence per year. Usually regular oil changes tires and occasionally something that is 200-500 to fix.
I assume it must be taking depreciation of new cars into the cost because thats the only way I can make sense of it. With that being said it is never worth buying a new car. You always lose as far as I know. There always seems to be a market for cheap working old cars. Sometimes they need maintenance up front, but most the time its something cheap and easy to fix. As long as the engine isnt about to go out or transmission which there is ways to tell its a much better deal.
In summary I am completly confused who is paying 9k a year in vehicle costs. I’m sure there are people who do it, but that is a education difference not a fundamental cost. Assuming this is targeted towards people who just drive to work and back, with the occasional social visit etc i’m super confused. Would be curious to see the data to see how they came to that conclusion.
Regardless the struggle of the situation is having your own personal space vs economical advantages. personally I hate living in full blown cities with no parking. too many people to close to me. Hearing your neighbors fighting all day sucks to. There is a good middle ground, as long as i cant hear my neigbors and can get my goods and income without walking more than 1.5 miles each way I’m happy. I have lived in a big city without a car before and it can work. but the constant sound of cars and light pollution or other hustle and bustle is a bit to much for me. Don’t get me wrong I’m not pro suburbs really, but I don’t like cities either. Having your own peace and quiet in your home and at least to some degree outside is important to me. Personally I’d be happy if there were only public transportation and no personal vehicles, with the option to walk/bike. For me its about the noise and pollution that I don’t enjoy.
This is probably a more american issue as some places probably have good public transit without massive crowding.
Regardless good topic of concern, just baffled by the info given on yearly vehicle cost figures.
I live in a fairly dense part of my city. I live right off a major interstate and a state highway, 10 miles south of the biggest city in my state. I live within 3 miles of a major state university, 2 high schools, 2 middle schools, and probably half a dozen elementary schools. But on the other side of the city, where all the new neighborhoods are, they are spread out so much it is obnoxious. I was a pizza driver and I would spend hours every week driving out to what felt like bumfuck nowhere, because the neighborhoods were so separated and sparsely developed/populated. I know tons of people whose family bought houses super far away (but still in the city limits) as part of new developments, where all the land is used for worthless backyards, not being used for anything public, commercial, or even farming/ranching. As the city continues to expand, it’s all worthless housing with streets leading up to dead ends, miles away from stores or jobs. It’s a rural fantasy that’s draining my fucking city.
A lot of these urban planning type videos fail to take into account personal preference. Just because you don’t like driving and prefer city life doesn’t mean everyone shares the same viewpoint.
Maybe this is just a local thing but the financial arguments don’t make sense either. Around here suburbs are their own governmental agencies with their own taxes and their own budgets. They don’t freeload off the big city government.