We live without debt so we bought a used vehicle and planned to fix it. The repair place screwed up so badly that they destroyed the engine. They gave us our money back and we signed the vehicle over to them, and suddenly we had three kids and no car!
We’d been considering making the switch to car-free for a while, and it actually was a gradual process which helped. Our friends live with us and they have a tiny car that my husband can sometimes borrow for errands.
On a day-to-day basis my husband carpools to work, we purposely picked a home close to work and shopping so everything is a 10-20 minute walk, or a 10 minute bike ride. We have bikes and trailers for the kids, and we also have slings and strollers. We take the bus or train when we travel further away. It can be done (and it’s cheap too)!