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    Two cars as we both work (when I'm not on mat leave) and neither of our workplaces are accessible by PT.

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    We have two cars. We live rurally so there is extremely limited public transport. My partner works in town which is a 25 minute drive. He's a shift worker so no chance of using the buses (there's three a day, $12 one way). He uses the Rav4 we got when we only had two kids.

    I drive a mini van which we got when number three was on the way. If I didn't have a car I would be stuck in our tiny village with kids whenever DP is working.

    We really don't like having two cars (financially and environmentally) but for our current position it's just the only option. Once all kids are in school we are going to trial only using one car.

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    Two here.
    I drive the family car and do the majority of the school run and apps with the kids. There’s no school bus service and there is no way I would put 7yr old ds on the town run in this area.
    DH drives a little old 3 door Getz. He leaves for work before we get out of bed. It’s big enough to have a couple of car seats in for school pick ups and cheap on fuel.
    Up until 18 months ago we only had one car and Dh mostly carpooled. But it was exhausting for Ds1 when we had to take him to work and I didn’t want to do it with a new baby thrown into the mix.

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    DH is a truck driver so we only need one car for me. DH has a motorbike so when he’s home if he’s just running to the shops etc he will ride that as he doesn’t get to ride much otherwise we take my car.

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    Yes, we have two cars. For our work/school/life commitments it would be impractical and difficult if we had to share one car.

    ETA: I live in a regional city that is very spread out and it's not the type of place where you can get around easily using public transport.
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    We have one car.
    With dh's old job, he was home early enough that we rarely needed two, and on the odd occasion I needed to be somewhere before he was home, I would drive my mum to work and use her car.
    With dd1 starting school, we were going to need a second car, but dh changed jobs and now has a work car.

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    We have 2. A hatch and a sedan (both Kia ceratos lol).

    We were a one car family for ages, but when we moved closer to DSS and got 50% custody it no longer worked. Husband had to do a huge loop every day to drop kid at school, me at work and then go to work. I would catch the bus home.

    We bought a second car right as they changed the bus schedules and I went from a single bus, 1 hour from my work to the front of our complex to 2 buses, 1.5 hours on the buses and a 15 minute changeover.

    Part of where we struggled as well was that DH and I both have regular medical appointments, as well as appointments for DSS and it just got so hard to juggle. We were both missing out on time at work or home when we had just one car.

    To me the fact that I get home within half an hour and can leave a bit later for work, so more time at home as a family, is worth it.

    We will own one of the cars outright next year, still have 6 years on the other loan but thanks to DH having an accident and writing it off, getting us a new-for-old replacement, we have a 6 year loan on a car with a 7 year warranty and the car is now worth more than the loan which is good!!

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    Yes- two cars!

    Why:

    • DP has to leave for work at 5am Mon- Fri (45 minute commute from home each way, no options for public transport to work and back)
    • I commute 15 minutes by car to daycare then to the train station and then spend 1 hour on the train to work/3 days a week
    • I do daycare drop off as I leave later than DP (2 days per week)
    • DP does daycare pick up as home earlier than me (2 days per week)
    • On days off I usually run errands groceries, swimming lesson etc. all things that I can’t get too without a car we live a 1 hour walk from the nearest shops (I use the terms shops loosely, they are just a row of butcher, bakery, 1 cafe, post office, pharmacy)
    • we very often both require to be out of the house in different places at the same time
    • we both had a car each when we started dating 7 years ago and have always both needed one so have just continued with two

    I am quite envious of those that can manage with one car and wish we could but given our home location, both our work locations, daycare situation and quite a few other factors we just couldn’t make it work with one at the moment.

    We also only have 1 child but have 2 car seats one in each car, which gives us the flexibility of been able to go out in whichever car as a family, and also require it as we alternate between pick up/drop off for daycare.

    Our cars on the other hand could not be more different, DP - dual cab Ute, me - small hatchback.

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    I live in a regional city with terrible public transport and weather that is not always conducive to walking/riding. DH also works odd hours and we share school drops. Today DH did the school run and then went to work at 1pm and will be home in an hour. I left home at 7.30 and did the school pick up at 5pm and then went to the shops. This is pretty typical and wouldn’t be possible without 2 cars.

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    We have 3 cars.

    My car - the family car
    My DH’s work car - company car
    My DH’s farm ute - for whenever he isnt at work


 

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