Kids first car

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  1. OrangCrush

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    Just curious what did you buy your child for their first car? What things did you consider safety, insurance cost, etc?
     
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    So, I've been down this road twice. Wife said it had to be safe and it had to be inexpensive. Boys said it had to be fun. I said I can do any 2 of the 3. We ended up with a dodge neon for the first one. Turns out it's a pretty good Tokyo drift car (fast & furious, although, the neon was neither fast nor furious). Younger son ended up with a ranger. Overall a much better vehicle. Around here, Kansas City, anything less than 4k is complete crap shoot. And that was 10 yrs ago. I'd say it's more like 5-6k if you don't want a complete p.o.s sitting in tue driveway that you're constantly fixing just to keep it running. We paid 4k for both the 2002 neon in 2008 and 1999 Ranger in 2010. Both were fairly high milage, about 100k each. The neon lasted 2.5 years and the ranger lasted 9 years. The neon crapped out early due to driver style (abuse). No way were we going to put either boy in a vehicle with a loan. Insurance was just way too high.

    Best of luck!
     
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    I had a fox body GT convertible I was wanting to rebuild to a street machine. 150k but presentable.
    Let the kid finish it off before redo. They drove for 18 months and only had one minor bump
     
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    I was saving my 96 GT that I have had for the past 20 years to give my son but now time has come I don’t know. I guess I am concerned about safety. So I just have to decide on what to get him. He wants my 15 GT and I know thats not going to happen. Too much power.
     
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    I was going to say that 96 of yours would be a great first car....then i saw the mods in your sig :cwl: ya i wouldn't be giving a supercharged car to my son either but hes only 2 so i got some time to think.
     
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    So yes, if I had a dollar for every time I was called crazy...

    But yes, this is my 16 year old sons first car. Every family dynamic, every kid, every aspect of this decision is going to be different. I only jumped in here to hopefully contribute to your decision and add to the things to think about. I wanted to get a fox body for this brat sooo bad (cause that's what I grew up on), but he wasn't having it. Anywho, in no particular order...

    -I only had to pay half of it
    -He's a great kid and a total car guy, thus, of all the doubt and worries I have, him not taking immaculate care of the car is not one of them
    -Almost straight A's with no problems what-so-ever
    -This kid, I love him to death, but he is not involved in ANYTHING. No sports, activities, nada. Thus, he hasn't cost me a dime while parents around me are shelling out fortunes (literally; I don't know how they do it) to participate and travel in sports and other stuff. Trust me, this car is cheaper
    -i wanted something worthy of turning wrenches on and working on together, not just transportation. Heck, I've had at least as much fun and excitement ordering parts for it as he has
    -Insurance is high, sure, it's gonna be...but IMO, not horrible for a 16 year old considering this car...~$190 a month. Again, I'm only paying half.
    -I know a lot of parents that will self admit their kid does not...fear...them (for lack of a better word) like we did our dads. My kid does not have that issue. Point being, he knows the rules of what could potentially cost him losing this car for good.
    -And last but not least...my first car at 16 was a '65 289 4 speed car with about the same power as this (and probably a faster car considering size and weight). My dad and I built it. He trusted me unconditionally with that car for a lot of similar reasons and I feel I owe my son the same mutual respect.

    So...let the flaming begin, LOL...I can take it.

     
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    You wouldn't be looking to adopt, by any chance? 49, house trained, good driving record. Let me know!
     
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    My $.02 as I have no kids, It's not just WHAT car, but do they know how to drive? Pay the $400 - $600 and sign them up for a REAL drivers ed type track day as a TRACK. The lessons they learn will last them longer then the job's/carrear they'll have for 45+ years. How much does a 4 yr degree cost? $150K - more!?!? Money well spent I'd say. Wish I took one 40+ yrs ago I still have BAD habit's I'll never unlearn!! LOL!!!
     
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    That’s awesome!
     
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    No flaming here. I tried to go old school muscle or somewhat modern hot rod car, but the wife pretty much put the hammer on that. She was in a pretty bad rollover accident, with the kids in the car. She was adamant that safety was most important. It didn't help that she a) came from a family with 3 girls, and b) her dad was cheap. Her and her sisters always had some cheap p.o.s. when they were driving. My brother and I had some pretty fun cars 1953 Chevy Deluxe Pick-up, 1972 Malibu, 1967 Fairlane, 1968 'Vette. They had a Pinto, a Duster, and a Gremlin.

    Oh well, best of luck with your son and his new ride.
     
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    My lovely wife and I do not have any kids, so we end up splurging on my buddy's kids...whom I have known since they were newborns. I had an old 2005 Jeep that runs pretty good, so we gave it to the oldest when he graduated high school. He uses it now while he's going to college. His sister is still in high school and will probably get the Mini my brother is working on...after I buy it off of him.
     
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