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Old 11-30-2011, 09:12 AM
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Default What is a reasonable car for a 16 year old?

While researching cars a couple of weeks ago, I came across an article on MSN money (I think) about first car choices.

One of the suggestions was a Ford Expedition

I couldn't imagine going out, purchasing this, and putting my 16 year old in it. They're huge, the gas mileage is terrible, they flip more easily than cars, and it's just so unnecessary for the typical 16 year old.

My first car was a few years used Honda Civic. I averaged 30 miles to the gallon, it was big enough to drive a few people in it, and a safe car.

I think a reasonable, good car for a 16 year old is something somewhat small, safe, gets good gas mileage (as a teen with a part time job, spending $80 at the gas station would be really painful!), reliable, etc.

Also, I wouldn't spend an enormous amount of money on my kid's first car- my exboyfriend's sister was given a new Audi A4 and then a BMX X3 once she crashed the A4. Besides the high cost of insuring an expensive car for a teen, I just find it unnecessary to give your child what could possibly be their nicest car they ever own at the age of 16. Plus, 16 year olds don't have much driving experience so I'd worry about them ruining an expensive car!

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:26 AM
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The kids first car will be whatever they save for . so a heap with alright gas millage is it! lol

Cyle's first car was a 1995 olds somthing or another he paid 1000.00 bucks for.

it left him on the side of the road 6 months later. leason learned was have your car checked out by a mechanic before you buy. after much wailing and nashing of the teeth (and he got a good job) his father cosigned for him a new car , well he got fired and now "I" am taking the car from him.

I firmly believe that kids need to earn there own money and buy there own things as a teen/young adult. How else will they value anything? So i guess this ramble is basically a
I dont think ANY car should be bought by the parents for the kids. I think the kids should buy there own cars.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:26 AM
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A lot of parents want their children driving SUVs, not cars, and I sort of understand why. The Ford Expedition has downsides, definitely (like gas cost), but it's also a safe and reliable SUV. I'd feel much safer if my kid was crashing a Ford Expedition than a Honda Civic.

My first car was a (really old) Mustang GT. My parents didn't spend a lot of money on it. I got into one accident in it, and it held up really well. I felt safe in that car, and would have felt a lot safer if the brakes weren't iffy and the transmission wasn't going.

Then when it needed it's tires replaced and other work, and got costly, we got in on Cash for Clunkers and got a pontiac G3 hatchback for me and my brother and mom to all share. It's great on gas, but I HATED it, and after my mom spent some time driving it she decided it's not safe enough for my brother.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:41 AM
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My first car was the classic sunfire, $3000 and not too bad on gas. My current car however is a 2007 Nissan Versa and I'm in love with i, my aunt bought it for me for around $7300. Costs me $40 to fill up and that lasts me about 2-3 weeks depending on where I have to go. I felt safe in the sunfire until it had 275,000 kms on it and made funny noises sometimes. My Nissan? I feel totally safe. We have super strong winds here so those tippy SUVs often end up in the ditch, a smaller and sleeker car does a lot better. Though the smaller cars sometimes have issues getting stuck in the snow (though my mum's SUV does too).
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:44 AM
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A lot of parents want their children driving SUVs, not cars, and I sort of understand why. The Ford Expedition has downsides, definitely (like gas cost), but it's also a safe and reliable SUV. I'd feel much safer if my kid was crashing a Ford Expedition than a Honda Civic.
I'd be more worried about them injuring others in such a large SUV, though. Not to mention, I'd worry about my kid flipping it over. One of my best friends died due to slamming on the brakes and having his Explorer flip on the highway into another lane.

There are so many smaller and safer SUVs, though. The Expedition is massive! Why not get your kid a CRV or an Escape if you want them in an SUV?

My parents bought cars for both me and my sister, and we are both VERY appreciative. I didn't have to worry about making car payments or breaking down on the side of the road. I'll be doing the same thing with my children- buying them something safe and reliable but a few years used.

It's definitely not something that a parent needs to buy their child, but it definitely is a huge help when they don't have to worry about purchasing their own car until after college. I drove my first car from the time I was 16 until I was 22 and out of college.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:46 AM
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My first car was a 1981 diesel station wagon (back in 1992) It was so uncool it was cool. My friends dubbed it the coolmobile. My dad had picked it up cheap for him as a beater car (though it was in mint condition) and then got a job where they gave him a car so it became mine. It was awesome!

If I can afford it I will buy Darien a car, not at 16 but when he has his full licence and if he proves responsible. He will be expected to contribute to upkeep and pay for gas and such.
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My first car was a 1988 Honda Civic - it was a hand me down from my mom in 2000. It was totaled in 2001 by a hit and run driver and I walked away with no injuries whatsoever.

I had a little bit of money from my grandma at that point, so my parents and I went halvsies on my current vehicle, a 1999 Subaru Impreza, with the understanding that when I sell or scrap it they get their 49% of the car proceeds back. I'll be buying a new or almost new Toyota 4Runner myself in about a year, so the Impreza will have lasted me over 10 years.

I'm of the mindset that kids don't need fancy, giant, or brand new cars. DH and I will be doing the hand-me-down thing for any kids we have because we'd prefer that they spend their time on school rather than working to pay for a car. They'll get a gas allowance and we'll pay their insurance while they are in school, but if they want a newer vehicle, want to drive more than the gas allowance allows for, or decide not to go to college, then they will assume the additional costs themselves.
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My mom has an Expedition, which is what I learned to drive in (along with an F-250) and I absolutely LOVE driving it.

However, my car is a 1997 Ford Escort and I think it is a great first car... especially since I have to commute to college every day. Though it does get a bit small when I have to lug around Harleigh's stuff all the time
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My first car was a 1981 diesel station wagon (back in 1992) It was so uncool it was cool. My friends dubbed it the coolmobile. My dad had picked it up cheap for him as a beater car (though it was in mint condition) and then got a job where they gave him a car so it became mine. It was awesome!

If I can afford it I will buy Darien a car, not at 16 but when he has his full licence and if he proves responsible. He will be expected to contribute to upkeep and pay for gas and such.
That is pretty awesome! I think it was Ian's mom who put shag carpeting into her first car.

One of my friends in high school had one of those huge old vans with the curtains and carpet. It was so awesome and spacious. People would beg him to let them nap in it during school. Haha.

My parents expected me to pay for gas and I paid for part of my insurance until I went to college. They paid for the car and took care of all the maintenance.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:56 AM
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My first car was a 1995 dodge neon that I saved up for myself. Small, cheap easy to drive and reliable. Even though I was used to driving larger vehicles (F350, suburbans, etc), I would have never wanted to drive those on a daily basis. Too much money, too big and just a PITA for a kid to be driving.
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