I’ve been thinking about selling my minivan and getting a used fuel efficient sedan with the proceeds. My Toyota Sienna gets truly horrible gas mileage, and I really don’t need that big a vehicle anymore. Kid #1 is thisclose to getting his driver’s license, which means he can drive himself pretty much everywhere. So I only need to chauffer around two kids. Which I can do in a sedan.
But I have this fear, perhaps irrational, that I might need to live in the minivan if things go pear-shaped. If I lose the house and can’t find a job, we won’t be out on the street because Toyota will save us! The more realistic fear is that we’ll need to evacuate during a wildfire. Can you imagine me, three kids, two cats (in their carriers), and whatever stuff we could grab all crammed into a sedan roaring through flames to escape?
I can’t quite let go of the fear, or the minivan. I can’t quite trust myself or the Powers That Be enough to make the rational decision without factoring in the fear.
Maybe getting the minivan spiffed up and appraised will help me move on and let go. The gas savings alone would be worth it. Maybe.