Four reasons why owning a car is essential these days

Updated Apr 16, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

The pandemic presents even more reasons to have your own set of wheels.  

The current COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical concern, but an economic issue as well. With many businesses forced to close or scale down their operations, many current (and would-be) car owners are forced to divert their finances towards more essential purchases such as food and medicine.

Driving a car

A car is a major expense to buy and maintain, but it has also become a necessity during the pandemic

But even when staying at home is the safest course of action for much of the populace, having your own vehicle can arguably be considered essential, too. Sure, the limited cash flow takes a more noticeable toll on the usual expenditures of car ownership, but the pandemic has also placed greater emphasis on the benefits of having private transport.

1. They grant you the freedom to travel

A trusty set of wheels at your beck and call means that you can readily venture out of the house at your own discretion (subject to existing public health protocols). Essential trips for work or supply runs won’t be a problem since you’re not dependent on the availability of mass transport in your area.

Steering wheel

It's easier to reach your destinations with your own mode of transport

If staying too long indoors is beginning to make you anxious or stressed out, you can always count on a momentary drive to clear your head, as long as you minimize contact outside the vehicle. It’s also a good reason to stretch your car’s legs a little, to keep it in good working order.  

2. They help protect against COVID

Taking public transportation still poses a danger of contracting COVID-19, considering the high turnover of commuters who come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Private cars serve as a protective bubble against this risk since occupants are generally restricted to those in the immediate household. This perception isn’t confined to the Philippines, but in other countries as well.

Jeepney

The high turnover of passengers means that public transportation still carries a risk of transmitting COVID-19

According to a 2020 mobility study by German multinational automotive parts firm Continental AG, there has been a worldwide trend towards private transportation, with people veering away from mass transit and even carpooling.

The survey showed that private cars are seeing increased use among 16 percent of the French population, 23 percent of Germans, 22 percent of Americans, and 21 percent of Japanese citizens. Even 43 percent of respondents in China said that they have been using their cars on a daily or almost daily basis.

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3. They can be used for extra income

The ongoing quarantine restrictions have resulted in a higher demand for the delivery of goods, services, and even people. Car owners with existing businesses are already at an advantage, but those looking for a bit of side income can also capitalize on this trend.

L300 delivery

Personal vehicles can be fielded for paid delivery and shuttle duties

If a private vehicle meets the required criteria, it can be used for delivery and logistics purposes. Bigger ones can even be contracted out as shuttle services for private companies, although an additional cash outlay might be expected to outfit the vehicle for compliance with existing public health standards.

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4. They serve as emergency transport

You know what they say about the best-laid plans going awry at the most inopportune times. When unexpected situations come up despite your best efforts, such as a family member suddenly needing immediate medical attention, having your own car can spell the difference between life and death.

Ambulance

In cases where responders might not make it on time, having a car is indispensable

This also holds true when you’re faced with threats to your own safety, as the ability to drive away from danger ensures your survival for another day.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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