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Grampa

Days you don't use your car - good or bad?

How many times do you go a day (or more) with not using your car?

Working at home it's reasonably frequently for me, but there often seems to be something that drags me out - but as long as it doesn't happen too often, I quite like a day when I don't use the car - very very rarely happens on a Sat or Sun though.

You?
Nice Guy Eddie

Got in Friday and didn't use it until this morning but that's very rare.
Michael

I work from home and don't work Friday's but even so the car gets used daily. Doesn't help that I live 5 miles from amenities.
Frank Bullitt

Happens very occasionally (at the weekend) but can't say I've thought about it much one way or the other!
TreVoR

I only use the car about three times a week on average.
Roadsterstu

It's rare but it can on occasion be one or two days. If i go on a holiday without the car I do rather look forward to getting back behind the wheel.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Roadsterstu wrote:
It's rare but it can on occasion be one or two days. If i go on a holiday without the car I do rather look forward to getting back behind the wheel.

+1
Blarno

I lift share, so a couple of days every other week it sits outside someone else's gaff. I've managed the odd weekend here and there where I don't use it. It spent last weekend at work as I had the van.

The SAAB is not really a driver's car - it's more of an executive express. I can get to and from work without even noticing I've made the journey.
BeN

When I had the Lancer it spent a lot of time just sitting around, either at home (when I'm travelling) or at some showroom somewhere (when I have a press car).

Now that I use the Prius for Uber, it does see a lot more driving time. It still does sit idle sometimes, but not as much as before as with the Lancer.
Racing Teatray

As a Londoner, it's perfectly common for me to go Sunday night to Saturday morning without driving my car as I commute by bike or tube. That's why it's a bit of an indulgence.

It also means that I almost never go anywhere by public transport in London outside the work commute if I can possibly help it. Even then, it's a toss-up when going out together whether we take the BMW or the Fiat. Around town two-up, the Fiat is easier to nip about in and park, and also feels like a more planet-responsible choice, as it consumes way less petrol in urban driving. We tend to use my car for longer journeys across town (especially now that it is an auto) or out of town, or if we have passengers or if, as at the moment, it's fricking cold, as the Fiat takes an absolute age to warm up and lacks the BMW's ferocious heated seats. And at the weekend, if we're together I nearly always drive as my wife commutes to work by car every day and is therefore extremely happy to relinquish the wheel to me for evenings and weekends.
JohnC

I use mine every day of the working week (7 days at the moment!).

Some weekends it doesn't get used at all because we tend to go out in my wife's car - she says she prefers to drive so I am not sure what that says about my driving!
Big Blue

Hmmm. I use the Alpina on Saturdays mainly. Sometimes on a Sunday and very occasionally on a Friday. On rare occasions I use it in the week. It's a big fat vanity purchase but that's what possessions are about.

The E46 is used for the school run four days a week and lies dormant at the weekend.

The R1 is used every weekday and lies dormant at the weekend, this being the complete opposite of 90% of big sports bikes in the world.

I'm getting more concerned at the number of days my cock remains unused in the week for its reproductive function but that's another matter.
simonp

Barely use it on my days off. Only moves if I have to go shopping or similar.
gonnabuildabuggy

Racing Teatray wrote:
As a Londoner, it's perfectly common for me to go Sunday night to Saturday morning without driving my car as I commute by bike or tube. That's why it's a bit of an indulgence.

It also means that I almost never go anywhere by public transport in London outside the work commute if I can possibly help it. Even then, it's a toss-up when going out together whether we take the BMW or the Fiat. Around town two-up, the Fiat is easier to nip about in and park, and also feels like a more planet-responsible choice, as it consumes way less petrol in urban driving. We tend to use my car for longer journeys across town (especially now that it is an auto) or out of town, or if we have passengers or if, as at the moment, it's fricking cold, as the Fiat takes an absolute age to warm up and lacks the BMW's ferocious heated seats. And at the weekend, if we're together I nearly always drive as my wife commutes to work by car every day and is therefore extremely happy to relinquish the wheel to me for evenings and weekends.


I can work to work and do unless I have a need for the car during the day or need to go somewhere afterwards. In reality that's 2-5 days during the week.

Hence the X5 does feel a bit of an extravagance as it's not moved yet this week. It does get used at weekends but more out of novelty, I suspect we'll go back to using the Mini for short jaunts soon as the parking space and economy is better, but it too takes for ever to warm up and lacks the heated seats of the X5.

Planning a few road trips later in the year for which the X5 will be ideal.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
..... it too takes for ever to warm up and lacks the heated seats of the X5.

Maybe warm-up times should be included as part of new car test data, as well as fuel consumption.

Should have bought a Volvo......
Martin

I use one of our cars pretty much every day, maybe a couple of Saturdays a month they sit idle, but no more than that.

I wouldn't really have it any other way, despite other motorists, I do enjoy driving.
Twelfth Monkey

Work from home and don't have meetings every day.  At the weekends, everything is usually within walking distance.  I reckon that it stays in the garage 3-4 days a week, but when it comes out it is almost always outside of peak times.  Works fine for me.

The only definite 'out' days are two afternoons a week for an hour's swimming.
Racing Teatray

It's not so much the other motorists (although I could have cheerfully shot every single double-parked Chelsea fan on Sunday evening - there should be a ban on entering that stadium with car keys in your possession).

In London it's more the elaborate and endless roadworks. For various reasons, yesterday I had to go to my office by car. A 30 min journey took an hour even although I used every fiddle and rat run through Westminster that I know, largely because they have again installed massive roadworks at the Vauxhall Bridge junction on Embankment which is causing an ungodly snarl-up. Then on the way home after 8pm, I found them busily coning off the Chelsea bridge junction and the stretch of Chelsea Embankment past the Royal Hospital which was already causing queues. And then I got home to find they had closed the short-cut off the Kings Rd down to our street for two weeks for road works. So, predictably, this morning it has been jammed solid on our usually quiet residential street for the past hour.
Bob Sacamano

I don't really think about it.

I do like to book holidays where I don't need to hire a car so that I can have a couple of weeks without having to think about driving, parking, who is going to drive so the other can have a drink etc. I find it quite liberating. And all hire cars are some grade of shit anyway.
Martin

I'm not a fan of just sitting around, I like to explore on holiday and avoid public transport as much as possible.   That usually means hiring a car, even if it stays parked up for a couple of days.   I've not had a hire car that's better than the one at home for many years, but they don't have to be shit, depends on what you book and with which company.
Bob Sacamano

Maybe I should have put; if you attempt to hire anything of a less shit grade the hire companies gauge you to the point  any enjoyment is offset by the fact they're having your trousers down. Car hire companies are the biggest rip-off merchants going.
If I have to have a car to get around, give me the cheapest you've got and the full insurance and I'll batter the hell out of it.
Big Blue

Racing Teatray wrote:


I used every fiddle and rat run through Westminster that I know, largely because they have again installed massive roadworks at the Vauxhall Bridge junction on Embankment which is causing an ungodly snarl-up.


Tell me about this! It's bad enough on a motorbike let alone in a car. The issue is two fold with the gas works at Vauxhall, as you mention, then some kind of road layout change at Lambeth bridge. Last week there were cars in traffic on Horseferry Road at lunchtime that I reckon were still there when I left to go home!
Nice Guy Eddie

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Maybe I should have put; if you attempt to hire anything of a less shit grade the hire companies gauge you to the point  any enjoyment is offset by the fact they're having your trousers down. Car hire companies are the biggest rip-off merchants going.
If I have to have a car to get around, give me the cheapest you've got and the full insurance and I'll batter the hell out of it.


100% correct, shitter the better as I tend to double park or abandon the car where I can on holiday if out and about and any villa I use always tends to be up some single track up in the hills which ends up with the car beaten to death.

This year was a low point. Booked a Fiesta through Enterprise and got given a 10 year old 1.2 Polo.
Martin

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Maybe I should have put; if you attempt to hire anything of a less shit grade the hire companies gauge you to the point  any enjoyment is offset by the fact they're having your trousers down. Car hire companies are the biggest rip-off merchants going.
If I have to have a car to get around, give me the cheapest you've got and the full insurance and I'll batter the hell out of it.


That can be the case, but more so with European rental.  I had a pretty nice Mustang Convertible for 2 weeks and it only cost about £450 all in and I think this Commodore will be about £500 for 2 weeks.  They are both pretty decent cars for a couple of weeks at least.  The 320d was about the same for 1 weeks rental iirc, so not such good value, but still not a lot compared to other holiday costs.

I see no reason or benefit from suffering some shit box on holiday.  Sounds like it's just me though.....
Bob Sacamano

The best hire car I ever had was a 900cc SEAT Marbella in yellow. That car went across beaches and dunes, through building sites and pools of water deep enough to swamp the bonnet and all for the cost of two San Miguels and a Union Jack beach towel.
It was deposited back at Alicante airport parking, propped against the kerb, given a well done pat on the bonnet and we legged it to the gate.
Grampa

Just booked a hire car "Corsa or equivalent" to use in Dublin next month - just over £27 for three days - I didn't think that was too bad at all.

Best deal I ever got was in Australia - use of a 20 year old Volvo 240 for a fortnight if I fixed the indictors - all it took was a trip to the nearest scrappy to get a new stalk - even the insurance was free - the guy said, "I'll do you a cover note then rip it up and say, 'the bastard never came back to pay for it' when you've gone home."
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Maybe I should have put; if you attempt to hire anything of a less shit grade the hire companies gauge you to the point  any enjoyment is offset by the fact they're having your trousers down. Car hire companies are the biggest rip-off merchants going.
If I have to have a car to get around, give me the cheapest you've got and the full insurance and I'll batter the hell out of it.


Not always. Back in October, we paid the princely sum of £27 to Avis at Milan Malpensa for three days' hire of a Fiat Panda and got a free upgrade through their Preferred programme to a Renault Captur with built-in nav. We spent more in diesel!

I tend to use Avis if I can, as the Preferred system works very well. I nearly always rent a Panda and to date have never actually had to drive one, with the upgrades including, from memory, a 1-series, a DS4, a 308, an A3 saloon, a Leon, a Clio estate, an A1, a 500X and the aforementioned Captur. Although the most memorable upgrade was the one Hertz gave us in Sicily when they upgraded our Punto to a particularly smart dark blue MX-5 roadster-coupe.

I did once have to suffer a Lancia Ypsilon though, having rented from someone else. It was horrid. As have been a number of boggo Puntos.
Bob Sacamano

I'd prefer a Panda over a Captur. I love them.
PG

On the OP, all depends if I am working from home, away or in the Birmingham office. So non use can be a day or so through to five days or so.  

With being ill over the festive period, the Jag sat unused by me for three weeks. Mrs PG took it to the supermarket a few times to give it a run out.

On hire cars, my history of upgrades is dire. I must look like somebody who they think they can persuade to pay for said upgrade, and when I don't I get the shitbox I booked. Best shitbox was a 1.1 Pug 208 in Tuscany. That thing could fly!

Last time in the US I did ask how much it was to upgrade to a Tesla for the weekend. I think it was something stupid like $250 per day.
Andy C

Bob Sacamano wrote:
I'd prefer a Panda over a Captur. I love them.


So would I . Had one as a hire car
In Dublin a few years ago . Funky little thing

I booked an 'economy' car in Marbella a few years ago. When I noticed on the plane that  a smart car was in that category  , I was dreading it  . (Pulling up to a villa where 8 mates are poolside  .. err ..).   I say luckily, they upgraded me  to the next category up after I pleaded with them ,  and got an auris


i use my car about once a week . Maybe even less .
Chocy Rocky

Because I now spend so much time driving, I frequently don't drive on my day off.

However yesterday I just went for a drive around some of the local country roads, I've not done that in a few years and loved it.
Racing Teatray

Bob Sacamano wrote:
I'd prefer a Panda over a Captur. I love them.


Nothing against a Panda except that the rental versions are usually the 1.2 which is a bit of a slug if you are used to a Twinair.
Tim

Mrs Tim usually drives me to/from work (not that I'm lazy, just that she passes by my work on the way to hers) so there can be times when I don't drive for a few days.
I'm not sure if I miss it as a lot of the commute is at 40/50mph or in slow moving queues.
Grampa

Racing Teatray wrote:
I nearly always rent a Panda and to date have never actually had to drive one, with the upgrades including, from memory, a 1-series, a DS4, a 308, an A3 saloon, a Leon, a Clio estate, an A1, a 500X and the aforementioned Captur


I don't recall ever getting the car I've hired - I always get the 'or equivalent' which was once a Megane instead of a Clio - aside from when I specifically hired a Mercedes E Series (a tad more expensive than a Corsa!) - I requested black and they said they would do their best and black it was.
Nelson

I'm driving the Mondeo less and less now, ever since September when our daughter started primary school which is 2/3rd's of a mile away we are able to walk to school every morning instead of the former 3 mile rush hour slow drive twice a day which did the car no good.

Sadly work is also becoming less frequent for me, jobs to deliver and collect cars are becoming fewer, with the increase of the popularity of more customers taking out lease deals the used car market is becoming more saturated with choose, and customers, from what I notice, are becoming less concerned on getting a specific model (which for me usually meant jaunts around the country once we had located one in stock somewhere) to customers being given so much choose that they don't care if if hasn't got one or two key options they were after, they could drive away that same day, so my reliance on using my car to get to jobs is less now, I use the train alot more, I live only 10 minutes walk from the train station.

So we only use the Mondeo maybe once or twice a week now, the big food shop, popping to see family or maybe a local day out.

I do however when I find time take it out for a blast, get the engine warm and then leave it in a low gear or accelerate hard in 2nd and 3rd gear and watch the carbon crap exit from the exhaust...I really must get the EGR value de-coked I guess soon

Looking at my recent MOT certificate told me that I had only driven 5500 miles in the year Oct 15 to Oct 16, and I guess that it's going to be less this year

I do miss driving the Mondeo, despite it's nearly 12 years it still drives incredibly well, smooth, performance is great and it does still make me smile when I drive it, I've owned it 8 years now and I can't think of a better car for the price..looks great, top spec, huge boot and seats 5 and on good runs regularly gives 50mpg+. Ride on low 225/40 R18's can be a bit nobbly on broken surfaces and that does transmit chatter in the suspension and into the cabin but the ride is assured and comfy on the motorway, so despite my decreasing mileage unless my financial luck changes I will not be changing, nor see any reason to, but to answer the original post I no longer use my car everyday now, but when I do, I still enjoy it, it's a nice place to be
Chris M Wanted a V-10

At the moment every day I don't drive is joyous as it means I won't have to wash the car when I get home !

The weather and state of the roads around where I live are both diabolical; the current set of over-running roadworks on the M3 doesn't help with so much muck being deposited daily on the surface.  I really am in danger of falling back into depression due to the above :-(
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
At the moment every day I don't drive is joyous as it means I won't have to wash the car when I get home !

The weather and state of the roads around where I live are both diabolical; the current set of over-running roadworks on the M3 doesn't help with so much muck being deposited daily on the surface.  I really am in danger of falling back into depression due to the above :-(


Maybe you shouldn't have bought a white car?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

^ Don't start on that again !  It chose me
Twelfth Monkey

And you don't have to wash it, you are choosing to!
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^ Don't start on that again !  It chose me


How? Did it follow you home?
boc70

PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^ Don't start on that again !  It chose me


How? Did it follow you home?


Maybe he thought you meant 'shouldn't have bought a white cat'.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

^
Our former cat chose us too !  RIP
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^
Our former cat chose us too !  RIP


Let me guess, washed to death?
Nice Guy Eddie

How does the following image make you feel Chris,

My office is only down the road in Godalming if you come over all funny and feel the need to wash it.

Michael

That looks brilliant.
PhilD

Didn't realise the Cayman was bigger than the Cayenne.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^
Our former cat chose us too !  RIP


Let me guess, washed to death?

Nope, he wasn't white and he died of collective cancers/organ failures due to old age in Dec 2014 :-(

He's still much missed, and he didn't like getting wet !
BeN

If you ever visit Singapore again Chris I have a fun activity for you to do!

(The Prius could always do with a wash. )
Twelfth Monkey

BeN wrote:
If you ever visit Singapore again Chris I have a fun activity for you to do!


That sounds wrong in so many ways.
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
^
Our former cat chose us too !  RIP


Let me guess, washed to death?


Nope, he wasn't white and he died of collective cancers/organ failures due to old age in Dec 2014 :-(



That was my second guess.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
BeN wrote:
If you ever visit Singapore again Chris I have a fun activity for you to do!


That sounds wrong in so many ways.

Well, we're planning on visiting Singapore on the way to, or from, Malaysia later this year when mum makes what will probably be her final trip there, so you never know.  She still has a few cousins and other relatives there (so presumably do I).  Hoping to visit the zoo as well as the Night Safari but that may be too much to cram into 2 or 3 days.

I suppose I had better pack a large sponge.....
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Big problem these days in cities, both in the UK and in Germany, is zoned residential parking. This means that you can park somewhere near your own house, but you can't drive to visit someone in the same city, as you won't be able to park anywhere near theirs. Means I only use the car if I'm taking a lot of gear, or I'm heading out of town just for pleasure. And going out in the evening, I want to have more than one drink, so that also rules out driving.

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