A few years ago, there were only three ways to get around Philadelphia without driving. You could take a cab, you could take SEPTA, or you could ride your bike. Cabs are expensive and unreliable, especially if you call one into any part of town that isn’t Center City. SEPTA is okay, but it only runs in very select areas of the city. Riding the bike is great, but seasonal and a bit dangerous. It’s also hard to fit basic items like cat litter, paper towels, and toilet paper in a backpack.
So, any resident of Philadelphia who doesn’t live in Center City basically needed a car to do even basic things like grocery shop.
What’s wrong with that?
My car is paid off, but there are still monthly bills associated with it. At a minimum, insurance, registration, and gas.
Then there are the costs of things like paying for a garage, fender benders, and repairs.
And of course, parking tickets….
Owning a car in Philadelphia kind of sucks…
Before getting my Land Rover, I used to drive a Honda Civic. When I bought it, I figured it would be a nice, affordable, practical car. But no. It was vandalized, the wheels were stolen, and someone ran into my door. Eventually I had to sell it due to all the damage. That is why now I choose to now drive a tank, which I’ve had surprisingly few problems with.