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Do you really need a car?

As general living expenses continue to move higher and higher many people are now looking towards their car and wondering if they actually need this expensive piece of machinery as part of their everyday life. While it would be wrong to say that public transport is "up to standard" in every part of the country, there is no doubt there has been a significant improvement over the last decade. More and more people are now looking towards public transport as a means of saving on the expense of their own car although this is not always possible for everybody.

When you also consider the significantly higher cost of petrol in the UK, increased car tax from the government, insurance costs and the number of "green taxes" expected to come in over the next few years, it would appear that the cost of running your car is set to spiral higher. Perhaps if the UK economy was still in boom time then we would see less people looking towards potentially "dumping" their car but everyone across the UK is struggling and looking to cut costs were possible.

It would be interesting to do a simple list of costs associated with your car, the amount of driving you do on a weekly and monthly basis and compare this to the cost of public transport in your area. Many people may find some interesting facts and figures!

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