Having a family of your own means many different things. One major thing is a change in lifestyle. You no longer must think about only yourself, you must consider others. A large part of that is transportation. An individual already needs to get to work, buy groceries, run errands and visit family or friends. Having a spouse and/or kids means twice or triple the activities. So the question is, do you have one big car to share with the whole family or have two cars?
There is a huge debate to be had with what is right for your family. Factors include location of work, length of commute, kids’ school, any afterschool activities, and how far your family and friends are from you. Having two cars is definitely more convenient and provides more freedom when it comes to planning and urgency. There are many ways to improvise when it comes to convenience if there was only one car. One partner can commute or be dropped off. Schedules can be made to match each other and this can increase communication and organization within a family.
Another huge factor is budget. Having two cars mean double car payments, gas usage, auto insurance costs and maintenance. That might be a weighing factor especially when having kids is quite pricey already. It seems that having two cars is a bit of a luxury that needs to be afforded and be worth its while. If either partner works far away and is not easily assessable by public transit, then it might be worth investing in another car. It means less travel time, more convenience and less dependency on each other. However, having one car instead of two could mean large savings.
Ultimately every family is unique and have different needs. Sometimes the job you have requires a far commute or you just bought a beautiful home and do not have the budget for another vehicle. Either option has it’s pros and cons but a family must weigh it out to see what works for them.