It’s that time of year again: my car license renewal arrives in the mail and I wonder if I should even own the thing.
OK, so it’s only happened twice with this particular car, given that I bought it in 2013. But whenever I do own a car – about 50% of my adult life – I spend a good chunk of the time wondering why I own it.
The problem isn’t the car. It’s a cute black SmartCar with less than 35,000 miles on it.
The problem is that I drive it maybe twice a month. Is it really worth paying insurance ($35 month since I hardly drive it), license ($75 a year, $85 if I miss the renewal deadline), gas and depreciation for that kind of use? Would I rather have the car, or the several thousand dollars I could get by selling it?
The only place I drive to that I can’t easily get to on the bus line or by walking is the fabric store. Do I really need to go to the fabric store?
I’m off to CarMax to get it appraised today. Then I can decide if I want to sell it to them, do a private sale, or keep it because it’s so darn cute.