Growing up on the family farm in a rural area trucks were everywhere. Most families had a truck and in some family that was the vehicle of choice for all family members including the lady of the house and junior’s first vehicle too. Now I feel I have been citified. I drive a little Hyundai Elantra hatchback. It is good on gas, gets me from point A to point B with minimal hassle, and can even haul quite a bit if I fold the backseats down. I even drug home a sectional sofa one piece at a time in it. In my current day to day life a truck has more minuses than plusses, but now as I begin to collect building materials I am finding my car very inconvenient. Not a single sheet of plywood will fit 😦
I first thought of the idea to rent a truck. This seems like a good idea as a short term solution but would mean renting the truck every time I need to haul something. Since I am on such a tight budget I don’t have the money to just go out and buy all of my supplies at once. I will need a truck many times over the coming months. I might have to do this once or twice, but I can’t consider it a long term solution so….
I thought about buying a truck. If I were to buy a truck I would probably have to sell my car to afford it. My car has over 180k on it though so it is not going to be an acceptable trade-in at any dealership. Do to money constraints I would have to sell my car and then buy the truck. I still wouldn’t have much money though and would have to buy an older truck. My car is getting up there itself, but at least I know what issues it has. I think my chances of finding an old clunker pick-up that gets anywhere close to the mileage I get now are slim to none. Except for hauling the building supplies I have no real use for a truck right now. It all seems like an unnecessary risk for me to take at this point so….
I could borrow a truck. My brother-in-law has a truck….a nice shiny new one…that he probably wouldn’t want all scratched up. Who else do I know with a truck??? A WORK TRUCK….not one of these city trucks around here with their chrome rims and fancy paint jobs. I don’t know anyone with the kind of truck I need to use so…….
What else is left?…
Maybe I just need to figure out how to make my car do a better job of doing truck stuff… Maybe a trailer!?! YES a trailer! My little car can haul plywood after all 😀
For a few hundred dollars, a good, realistic, long term solution to my hauling needs. This will be my next purchase for the mini-homestead 🙂 but this weekend….I think I’ll rent a truck!