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Old 11-30-2011, 10:55 AM
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My first two cards were a pair of VW rabbit convertables, both German made and older than I was. They were hand-me downs from other family members . . . driven until they fell apart (which is why there were two of them).

I didn't get a NEW car until both of the rabbits died and I was 19. That was an Eagle Talon. I loved that car. It was cute and sporty, reliable, fuel efficient, had enough space in its hatch back to move any reasonably sized object. Drove that car for 11 years, until I got out of law school, and kept it as a second car for 2 more years until it fell apart. (actually, that was the SECOND Talon . ..the first one lasted only a few months and saved my life in a very serious accident). Although I love my Mustang, I am very sad they don't make Talons anymore. The Mitsubishi Eclipse used to be similar, but the modern Eclipses are bigger and probably not as well made (the Talons were always better made that the Eclipses).

And for some kids, 16 is not too soon . . . it may even be late. We lived in the country. NO public transportation. NONE. My parents had to drive me to school every day and drive me home, because there was no school bus. They couldn't wait for me to get my license. 16 year olds a perfectly capable of learning to drive and doing so safely . . . in fact, statistics show that if you make them wait until they are older, they pretty much have the same number of accidents . . . by and large, they have accidents because they are inexperienced, not because they are young.

If I had a sixteen year old I'd probably get them a solid used or hand-me down car as a first car . . . a new car should wait until they get some experience.

And a Ford Expedition? What are they going to do in it? Sleep in it? And if THEY hit someone else, if that person is in a smaller car, they will kill them. After two teenagers in a huge SUV nearly plowed right through my Mustang (stopped a foot from the driver's side door), I've become even more opposed to giving kids HUGE cars. They are hard to handle, hard to see in, unmanuverable, and fatal to innocent bystanders.

Edit: I should also note that most after school activities, let alone doing anything with friends, etc, was out of the question until I got a car. Period. My parents were not going to drive me around, and there was no other way to get anywhere. Kids may not need to run wild (and I wasn't a social kid, really) but when there is no alternative transportation, they need a car.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:57 AM
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My first car was a 69(I think) ugly orange ford mustang. After I had to give that u p because I put my moms corsica in the ditch(opps). I ended up with a ford escort.
I think kids need something semi small, and dependable. I won't buy either one of my kids a car, UNLESS they can prove to me they are willing to put forth an effort.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:00 AM
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My first car was a 2000 Volkswagon Jetta. I loved it. It had been my mom and step-dads car first (I turned 16 in 2006) and it WAS a bit beat up -- they had quite a few miles on it. I think it was at 150,000 when I got it. But it was a PERFECT first car. I couldn't have imagined driving anything different at the time. I was comfortable in it, it was safe (at least I think it was, lol) and I wasn't too scared to mess it up since it was already dented everywhere, LOL.

I would have been SO uncomfortable driving a big vehicle. I still don't like it. I had to drive my uncle's Hummer last year and it was sooo awkward. WAY too huge. I now have a Jeep Patriot and it's perfect - still SUV but drives like a car, not big at all.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:29 AM
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Wasn't my first, but the Civic was my second and third. Was a good car.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:31 AM
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69 pink VW Beetle.

Still have it. Still love it with all my heart.

That is a freakin awesome car for a first car!
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:35 AM
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And a Ford Expedition? What are they going to do in it? Sleep in it? And if THEY hit someone else, if that person is in a smaller car, they will kill them. After two teenagers in a huge SUV nearly plowed right through my Mustang (stopped a foot from the driver's side door), I've become even more opposed to giving kids HUGE cars. They are hard to handle, hard to see in, unmanuverable, and fatal to innocent bystanders.
Exactly how I feel.

I see SO many people on the road who shouldn't drive big SUVs- I couldn't imagine putting my young driver into one!

I really just don't see the point of arming your teen with a huge gas guzzler.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:48 AM
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Even now I wouldn't want to drive a huge car..... I sure as heck didn't want to when I first started driving. Sure, my tiny Civic wasn't very good at getting over and through snow lol but we managed. I have a CRV now and that's as big as I want to go.... And it's still small!

Plus my lame part time job at Godfathers Pizza could only afford me so much gas.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:49 AM
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This is pretty much how I feel. I'd rather give my kid something that I feel safe with them in, and they can spend their time on school rather than try to save up for a car. I definitely know the value of a dollar and I didn't have to buy my own car- I appreciated having my first car given to me. It gave me 6 years of not having to worry about car costs.
^This.

When I first started driving, I was in an '89 Geo. Mom decided after a bit that she didn't feel safe with me driving in a car with no airbags, so when she bought her new car I got her old one - a '98 Oldesmobile Intrigue. Loved that car. It lasted me 240,000 miles and saw me all through highschool and the first two years of college. When it died, dad helped out to get me my 2011 Honda Civic. He made up the difference in the down payment that my Oldesmobile didn't cover and I am responsible for the car payments. Its a good car, but boy do I miss having a paid in full car.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:56 AM
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My niece's first car is going to be a Tundra truck! My brother-in-law hopes that people would avoid her on the road lol!
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When I got my license, my mom and I shared her 1998 Buick Century - she worked during the day, I worked evenings/weekends, so it all worked out. It was (still is) a boat, and I felt extremely safe - especially driving in the winter.

The summer after I graduated high school (at 18), I bought my own car, a 2001 Saturn L200 for $3500. I had saved up for part of it, I took out a loan for the remainder. The insurance is reasonably cheap (cheaper than the Buick), and it only costs me $40 to fill up - which lasts me two weeks. I'm planning on driving it until it dies or becomes too expensive in repairs to keep up.
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