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Old 10-08-2013, 17:26   #16
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Re: Car Free/Care Free Living

Recently bought a folding bike....having great fun and very convenient not having to adhere to bus timetables to do shopping. A grand way to relax and enjoy the view at a slower pace.
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Old 10-08-2013, 17:46   #17
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Re: Car Free/Care Free Living

Well, since I'm not a liveaboard, I have a car that I like.

It's a '67 Mercury Cougar that I bought as a rusted out POS with no interior, and spent just over 6 months restoring to a nice daily driver.

If you have to have one, you might as well drive something nice!

(Plus, the insurance for 2 vehicles is only $36/month.)

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Old 12-08-2013, 12:42   #18
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We haven't owned a car since the last time I had to drive to work in the spring of 2002. Like "bahamarich" we rent a car on ocassion, but we mainly rely on our dinghy and folding bikes. For USA car rentals, during our first years without a car, we we declining the rental company's expensive coverage and using the coverage that is available on our Visa card. We noticed that we were at some risk because the Visa coverage doesn't include liability so we crunched the numbers and found that if we were going to rent a car for ten or more days a year; it would save us money to buy a non-owners liability policy. If you expect to rent fewer than 10 days a year (USA) then the economic choice would be to take the rental company's insurance. We were able to buy non-ower's liability from our insurance agent that we kept our car policies with for 30 years and he was willing to write the policy. You may need to shop long and hard to find such a policy. Anyway, no car adds much to the other freedoms that come with non-ownership!
I got my non-owner policy from Geico in 15 minutes! It's about $360/year. Covers rentals and also cars borrowed from friends and relations.

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Old 12-08-2013, 17:24   #19
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I got my non-owner policy from Geico in 15 minutes! It's about $360/year. Covers rentals and also cars borrowed from friends and relations.

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'glad to here that,- I thought they were hard to find. By the way, I really like those dickersons!
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We sold both of ours right before we went back out this past March. We took some of the $$$ and treated ourselves to a new dingy and outboard - the NEW CAR!!!

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Old 13-08-2013, 11:59   #21
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'glad to here that,- I thought they were hard to find. By the way, I really like those dickersons!
Thanks! She's getting a major rebuild at the moment, in Fort Pierce.

I enjoy reading about your travels.

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