With my role changing in the Spring to full time homemaker, part time carpenter, we're really struggling with what to do with vehicles.
We both need a vehicle as we're quite far out from the village and even further from the town. When I'm not working I want the children to go to play groups, grandparents houses, etc and these will all involve driving and my wife's work is 45 minutes away.
Currently I have a transit van, which is about the minimum sized van I can get away with to do the type of work I do (I've had smaller vans but it never works out very well). I plan to continue doing my own private work for customers at weekends and school holidays and also it's handy having something like this for a smallholding where I can pick up large items (hay, straw, feed etc). The van has three seats in the front so me and the girls do fit in it, the trouble is it's expensive to run and drinks the juice.
My wife has an estate car, which is ideal for the children, fits all the stuff she needs for school in and is quite economical to run.
We also have (and are trying to sell) a small Skoda Fabia, my wife's old car. This is cheap to run and is a good runner.
My wife has suggested that we keep all three as it would be better if I had the estate car (as I'd have the children all the time), she kept the Fabia for going to work and I only used the transit for when I've got work (to keep fuel costs down).
The trouble is I don't like the idea of paying to keep all three vehicles on the road.
What would you do in our situation?