Is It Even Worth It To Keep Your Car If You're Going To Be OTR?????

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Scott K.'s Comment
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Really beginning to wonder if it's even worth it to keep my car if I'm going to be OTR. I've dropped nearly a grand in repairs/inspection since June, plus monthly payment/ gas/insurance. Is it easier just to get a rent-a-car for your days off, or does anyone feel they still need their car?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I'm married and we went from two to one car after I was driving about six months. While I miss the convenience of two cars when I'm home, it wasn't worth keeping.

If you'll be renting, remember you'll have to get to/from wherever you rent the car. Without regular car insurance you'll probably want to take the rental agency's insurance just to protect yourself.

Good luck.

Old School's Comment
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I sometimes rent a car if taking a little time off on the road. I use Enterprise rental, and they come get me and then bring me back to my truck when I've turned the car in. Of course you need to plan ahead a little bit. They aren't going to drive hundreds of miles to come get you.

Uber or Lyft is economical and works great if you just want a way to get somewhere and then back.

ShortRound's Comment
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It really depends on your personal situation. Making a monthly payment on a vehicle that sits in the driveway 98% of the time may not be worth it. My wife and I made do with 1 vehicle (not including my motorcycles) for about 2 years. Recently I bought an old pickup that I could pay cash for. This way I can park the pickup at the storage facility where I park my tractor on hometime. Now we don't have to coordinate our shedules if I get home at am odd time, and I don't have to drag her out of bed at o'dark 30 to take me to the truck. Liability insurance on the pickup is $25/mo. YMMV

Craig T.'s Comment
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Get rid of it. Be a free man and unburden yourself from as many material things as possible.

VooDoo777's Comment
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This was one of my questions (sort of) a while back as well.

Turtle's Comment
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I keep one of my vehicles and my motorcycle registered & insured for when I'm home. The other I took off the road. All of mine are paid off so I don't have any monthly payments to worry about though.

MC1371's Comment
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If it's paid for, why not. *Terminal car if you will. It's convenient, cheaper than a cab.

Not paid for? Nope, not really. Paying 2-400 a month on something you use for a total of maybe 10hrs in a month not worth it.

With what I could be spending on a car payment and insurance has already been banked and will be funding a trip to Greece this winter. (Always wanted to visit Thermopylae)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Liz H.'s Comment
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My Dad went a little nuts and bought 4 cars before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's I getting rid of the last one. Bought my youngest a good used car (her first car, she's 20). Bought myself a '91 volvo station wagon for $1500. To be a Terminal car. No more payments and much cheaper insurance.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dave Reid's Comment
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I agree. My children are all grown and on their own and I'm not currently married so I have no need of any vehicle or property or anything. I got rid of my car and my apartment. Now I have no rent, no car payment, no mortgage, no insurance payments....I just have a storage unit near my company's terminal and a cell phone bill...that's it. I can focus on saving for the future instead of spending money on things that I won't use.

Also, I take my time off in different locations, so if I had a vehicle, it often wouldn't be where I need it.

I generally take 5 to 7 days off every 6 to 8 weeks. I stay with relatives, or friends, or get a hotel. Once in a while if I have extra time on a load, I get a motel room and sit in a hot tub for a few hours.

When necessary, I can rent a car or a motorcycle, or take a taxi.

This suits me better than owning for the time being.

Get rid of it. Be a free man and unburden yourself from as many material things as possible.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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