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Old 11-30-2011, 01:48 PM
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I always matched what my kids had saved for their cars. If they saved $3,000 we gave them $3,000. While they are in school, we pay for half of their insurance, they pay the rest and all their gas. Has worked good for us and even though most of their friends were given brand new cars when they got their license, my kids never expected that from us. They all worked for a for a few years before they got their license and some were better about saving than others, so they got better cars.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:57 PM
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At my high school, the cars in the student lot were nicer than the ones in the teacher lot. It seems like most kids get brand new cars at 16- at least in South Florida.

Ian grew up in Wisconsin, and there was one kid who had a new Camaro at the high school. He was known as "the kid with the new Camaro." Ian was in middle school at the time and that's how well known it was. LOL.

Down here it's just SO common for kids to get expensive, new cars. It's strange.

A good handful of my friends had brand new cars, but their parents were definitely living out of their means as well. I had a friend with a brand new Mustang convertible when she was 16- but both of her parents were teachers and drove beaters. They felt like she deserved it, though.

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Old 11-30-2011, 02:02 PM
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My parents didn't mind me in the Camaro (my brothers couldn't drive it though! Lol). It might've had 4 seats, but the backseats were pretty much in name only. There was NO leg room and you sat lower than the front seats (imagine cramming into a bucket and skimming inches above the road ). Let's just say that I wasn't first choice to ride with after the front seat was claimed. My parents liked that I wasn't the "friend shuttle". Anyway, my soccer bag and other related stuffs took up the back seat.

I was also one of those that went to a private school on the other side of Baton Rouge (took me at least 40 min. to get there....bad morning traffic meant at least an hour's drive......and it was only 18 miles away!). Then I had soccer practice after school every single day. So I drove myself to practice and usually got home around 7 pm (I left every morning at 6:25 am).

Another plus to having a car was that I was independent to make my own choices. If friends were doing something/going somewhere I didn't want to go or didn't agree with, I was able to up and go home. I wasn't dependent upon a friend for a ride.

I had a serious boyfriend (4 years) and I'd say that we each drove 50/50. Some people gawk at me when I said/say that, but again it gave me the choice to get out/away from a situation I didn't want to be in.

As for my boys, I can't say anything right now. That's something I'll have to adress closer to that time.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:13 PM
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My first car was a Ford Explorer. I bought it myself for 800 bucks, and I flipped it myself about a year later. Though, to be fair, *I* didn't do anything to cause it to be flipped, I got hit in the rear passenger area, and they tend to roll over faster than Ozzy does.

Now I drive a Ranger, with a long bed, it's much more stable, even though the chassis' are basically the same, the rear wheels are further back, and it's less likely to roll over.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:04 PM
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The first car i could take out was a olds cutlass supreme desiel. I had to jump out and "jump start" the alternator everytime I started it. It was loud, smelly, and great for taking girls out on dates....not really, but it got us around. The first car I bought was a 67 ford mustand convertible. I rarely drove it, i acted like an old man it in mostly, but not always. Gotta break em loose occasionally, but it's a cruising car, not a hot rod. Since it was mostly stored and still is, my next gem was a ford escort.

I can't remember the year 80 something and I bought it for 650 bucks. That was my everyday car for and lasted me into college. Then it died, but i got more than my monies worth with that car.

Today, I would think an older saturn, honda, toyota car, and those types of cars are good for first time drivers. Decent gas mileage, mostly reliable, safe and they do the job. If they want to know what an SUV is like to drive, then they can feel the pain of maintaining and filling it up after they prove they aren't going to kill someone else while driving that huge thing. No audi's or BMW's unless they want to know what it's like to repair one and pay for it.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:09 PM
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My first car was a '94 Saturn sedan and it lasted me through two years of highschool, all of college and a year afterwards. I put down the downpayment and was responsible for insurance, gas and upkeep.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:19 PM
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Technically my first car was an Audi A4, which my parents actually just traded in on a new A4. I miss it. I have a Volkswagen GTI now.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:32 PM
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I'm really mystified by the people who buy BMWs or Audis or other expensive cars for teens. Not only are they almost certain to ding them up, and not only would the insurance be prohibitive, but . . . there are plenty of people who make VERY good money who don't own a car like that (not because they can't afford one, but because they don't see the point).

As someone pointed out, it may well be the nicest car they ever own . .. and moreover, it would seem to be teaching all the wrong values. There are very functional, and even very handsome, cars that aren't in that price bracket! Its like buying a Louis Vitton purse for your teen . . .

A really used one, maybe, but its still going to be very expensive to repair.
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:42 PM
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My first car was a 91 Plymouth Sundance. Which I payed for myself. It was a great car, reliable and safe. Never had an issue with it. I was hit head on a few years back when someone lost control on the ice and over corrected. So needless to say it was totaled. I upgrades to a 04 Dodge SX2.0. Which so far has been great. After that dies I will be upgrading to 4WD car or a 4X4 SUV, since were moving to the mountians.

When Tyler and I have children and they reach that age of driving we plan on buying their first vehicle. Its not going to be a bran new car its going to be a used car that has low milage and in good condition. If they want somthing more expensive then we can pay a portion of it, but they have to pay the rest. I should add they will be paying the insurance.

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Lilavati View Post
Its like buying a Louis Vitton purse for your teen . . .
I knew an unfortunate number of girls, not only in high school, but in MIDDLE school, who had purses costing upwards of $1000....and I did not come from a wealthy neighborhood by any means.
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