My partner and I are moving soon from a suburban rental to a downtown apartment. We are both within walking distance to work (5 minutes for her, 30 for me). We coordinate our shopping needs very well and it has been months since we have each needed a separate car at the same time (and those situations would be avoided completely if we lived where we are moving to soon). I don't like driving and I can get almost everything I need within walking distance anyway. I don't mind the harsh winters either, since walking to work in the morning is entirely uphill and I am plenty warm by the halfway mark.
Her car - a 2015 Jeep she got a fantastic deal for as the dealership was trying to make room for 2017 models - was brand new when she bought it: 36 miles on the odometer. However, my 2007 Toyota Camry (which was given as a gift a few years ago and has no car loan attached) is no spring chicken. It is in no need of repairs, but I doubt it will last another 5-10 years without sinking a significant amount of money into it. Meanwhile, the only nearby overnight parking garage charges around $70 per month for a permanent pass.
I have alternative options: I can leave my car at the employee parking lot, which is an hour's walk away from our apartment or 20 minutes walk from my office, although there are nearby bus stops for each location. Leaving it at the parking lot is free of charge, although it will be exposed to the elements of the American Northeast.
Essentially my question boils down to this: is it worth hanging onto the car, either by paying to keep it within convenient distance in a garage or for free and exposed to long winters, or should I sell it sooner rather than later so that depreciation does not whittle down the value when I am approached with the decision of whether to pay for inevitable repairs or sell it as it is?
I will probably not make a decision anytime soon, but it would mean a lot to know other people's opinion of this matter.
(I expect there will be a few predictable answers along the lines of "what if you break up?" While I appreciate everybody's input, I would suggest that if that is your sole argument, you may want to ask yourself first if you have ever experienced true love.)