As hourly car rentals, taxi-hailing apps and car-sharing services become more popular, some drivers - even in locales where cars are the prevalent form of transport - are finding ownership unnecessary.
Robust public transportation and easy access to necessities, coupled with the high costs of everything from tolls to parking have long led to car-free living in places like New York, Singapore and many European capitals. But, emerging transport options - think Uber, Halo, RelayRides and Zipcar - are spreading to cities where having a car had been a near-necessity. At the same time, the cost of car ownership is rising.
These developments have made the decision to ditch four wheels an easier one, even in cities where being car-free was nearly unthinkable in the past.
Read about four people-in Cabrils, Spain; Vancouver, Canada; Los Angeles and London - who ditched the four-wheel life and found big savings in return.