QUOTE(McMatt @ May 30 2023, 10:38 AM)
I don't know about you. Assuming your car is RM50k and you keep it for 10 years, that's an average of RM5k a year, with RM416 per month. Depending how often they go out, would RM416 a month be sufficient for Grab car services in Penang? At RM15 per trip, you can take about 27 rides a month. And this notwithstanding car maintenance service every 6 months, your yearly insurance and other factors. Have not even factored in petrol.
My wife and I have decided to only live with just 1 car if we really want when I retire. In the event both have to go different places at the same time, one of us will just GRAB. In fact, this applies for us only because we are in Klang Valley. If I was in Penang, I would be more inclined to do without a car. And this coming from me who don't have kids. Couples with young children, they would have difference priorities.
If we need a local road trip, we can just rent a car.
We need to rid ourselves thinking that we need "things" to live. In reality, we just need to change perception and change the "perceived and common" lifestyle. No wonder Malaysia has one of the highest car ownership in the region.
I understand your point of view, even though I do not agree with it, as needs are subjective.
To each his own, I guess.
As a "car guy" and with kids, I'm used to a lifestyle with personal mobility, hence having a car is a very important part and parcel of my lifestyle.
Having my own car means I can go anywhere, anytime I want w/out having second thoughts.
Public transport in Penang has not yet developed to such an advanced and reliable stage when one could confidently do w/out own transport.
Maybe in future when it does, I would consider to.
Car maintenance, insurance and petrol are costs which I can very well afford, I am not at the situation where I need to count pennies like how
many trips on Grab or on public transport lol