There are still many people debating about which is more cost-effective, taking taxi or buying a car.
There are many people claim that taking taxi is cheaper, since you don’t have to buy the car, and don’t need to pay all the related fees, including but not limited to: road construction fee, annual checking fee, gas, fine (if you drive violately), parking fee, and repair/maintance fee.
There are other people claiming that buying a car is cheaper in Shanghai, since taxi fair is way too expensive compared to the gas cost – 2.1 rmb/km, and no one will take a taxi to go camping or outting.
My answer? I would say, to buy a car is definitely more expensive than taking taxi. Why?
Take my car as an example. In the last 3 years, the decrease in price is around 80,000 RMB (or 10K USD), and my car went about 40,000 km. That is almost the same as 2.0 RMB/km – the same as the taxi rate.
This is just for the car itself. I didn’t count on the much more expensive cost as I listed above.
The answer is clear – to buy a car is much more expensive than taking taxi.
However, buying a car has much more than taking taxi – it is something called freedom.
What do you think?