Warning: This is likely to be the most car-loving post ever on STB.
Saturday, I say goodbye to what was once my favorite possession: a 1999 Mustang Convertible. It will not be replaced.
The clock started ticking when we moved to Columbia City, where bus service is already pretty good, from cul-de-sac hell. With Link about to arrive, bringing 20 hours a day of frequent service, it was clear that there was little or no reason to maintain a second car. Even before the train, having both cars out of the garage is exceedingly rare, although that’s partly because I’m a transit zealot.
Although the memories I’ve had with this car will be cherished, I’m not going to miss the $100+ a month in insurance and other costs (with no car payment, assuming no driving, and neglecting depreciation), as well as the space it took up in the garage.
A lot of the discussion about taking cars off the streets gets bogged down on the point that the Seattle region is far from fully accessible without at least occasional access to an automobile. And that’s true. On the other hand, there is huge potential to improve the options and economic situation of many two (or more) car families given good transit, bike, and walkability options.
Martin’s old car goes up for auction 9 am, Saturday, June 13, at 18226 68th Ave NE in Kenmore.