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She will be 16 in December and will get her "real" license shortly after that, so we are contemplating getting a car basically to be hers to drive<br>
Right now with her learners she has been driving mostly my 3500cclb DRW with no problem.<br>
She wants a Mustang or a Camaro, but Im thinking they might be to tempting to a new driver. I am leaning toward the Chevy Cruise, safer better mileage and yes, less expensive than the other choices. She will have to get a job and contribute to the payments, but with where we live, she cant get a job until she gets transportation.<br>
Or do I get her a jeep and have it painted to make it look like her Barbie jeep she had when she was three...<br><br>
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What did/would/will you be getting the youngun when that time comes.
 

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My first car was a used Mustang. Believe it or not I never got a speeding ticket in it. I'm not sure where you live but Mustangs and Camaros are pretty useless on snow and ice.
 

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I don't believe in getting a new driver too nice of a car. If you start out with ultra nice in the beginning, they won't appreciate it. You will be setting the standard too high. I have driven some really crappy cars and I now think my '08 Yaris is awesome.
 

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Go for a dependable used car with excellent mileage.<br>
Our son got a speeding ticket (95 in a 55) two months after getting his license (in my Miata) so I'm against teens + sporty cars.<br>
He totalled a jeep when he slid on black ice when he was 17, so I'm against teens + expensive cars.<br>
My daughter is 16 now and I cannot believe how much drive time she gets in between school, extracurriculars, and part-time job, not to mention social excursions, so I'm for good mileage in a vehicle. She is happy with her honda civic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
And if you live where there is snow and ice, better to limit the teen's time driving on it if possible.
 

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I dunno, I tend to think my dad's logic and decisions were best on this, I had to get a job and get a car myself if I wanted one to a) build my own credit and b) teach me responsibility.
 

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I don't believe in getting a new driver too nice of a car. If you start out with ultra nice in the beginning, they won't appreciate it. You will be setting the standard too high. I have driven some really crappy cars and I now think my '08 Yaris is awesome.</div>
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Thats because a Yaris IS awesome!<br><br>
I got a used car when I was 15. It was built the year I was born. I got a job and within less than a year I got a new car. I think its probably best to have a used car (that won't hurt so much if you lose it) and then your daughter can upgrade herself.
 

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I'm 16 and drive a hand-me-down '96 Dodge Caravan. I'm grateful for it because I didn't have to pay for it and it works (OK, the headlights don't work, but I just don't drive at night/in the rain)<br>
I'm against expensive/fancy cars for teens. They often get totalled or not taken care of right. If she's getting a car as a gift she should be grateful for it, fancy or not.<br>
I'd just pick a mediocre not-too-expensive safe car that gets OK/good gas mileage.
 

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I purchased my first car with my own money. A 1976 Dodge Aspen. I don't believe in getting a teenager a nice car. They really need to learn the value of a dollar, and buying them a nice car, just isn't (IMO) the way to do it. I understand the catch 22 situation she's in ...can't get a job without a car, can't afford a car without a job, but it should just be a basic, used, set of wheels.
 

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I purchased my first car with my own money. A 1976 Dodge Aspen. I don't believe in getting a teenager a nice car. They really need to learn the value of a dollar, and buying them a nice car, just isn't (IMO) the way to do it. I understand the catch 22 situation she's in ...can't get a job without a car, can't afford a car without a job, but it should just be a basic, used, set of wheels.</div>
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I dunno, I got a full time job with full time school with out a car, and managed both. Its amazing what you can do with the parameters you're given.
 

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My first car was a used hand-me-down Corvair. My sister drove it first, then I got it when she bought another car. When I started working full-time, I purchased a used Firebird and then totaled it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"><br><br>
I was not in a position to buy cars for any of my kids. They shared the family car until they saved enough money to buy their own.<br><br>
It's hard for me to say what I would have done if I had the money, but I'm pretty sure I would buy them a car if I could afford it. I would probably go for something practical, like a civic or subaru.
 

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And if you live where there is snow and ice, better to limit the teen's time driving on it if possible.</div>
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They have to learn sometime or they will turn into adults who don't know how to drive on snow and ice. We have enough of those, around here anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I didn't get my own car until I was 20, and that's also only because my mother in law bought it for us to help us out, since I had my son at 19 and was having a tough time. If I had been given a car at 16, I would have pretty much just used it to get to house parties anyway. I had a job in a town with no public transit, and my mom drove me, or I borrowed her car. If you think its necessary for her to get one, I highly recommend getting one used at an auction. The cars are cheap and auctions are fun to go to :p
 

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I got a used car when I got my licence at 17. My dad got it at auction for my older brother, then it was passed to me. I left it at home when I moved to a city with good public transport so my dad just sold it on again. I hated the car for it's tiny size and awful colour but was grateful to have one. I had to pay for all my own petrol. Go for something safe and cheap to run and make sure responsibilty comes with it.
 

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1, no used cars, never know how they have been cared for. Around the DC area, you do not take a chance of a teen girl breaking down, or you at least limit it.<br>
2, for me to drive her back and forth to work would be twice the fuel used, and we are about 15 miles from the nearest place for her to work,<br>
3, no foriegn cars unless its a VW.. Cant beat German engineering.. of course the intellect of the U.S government has pretty much killed the mileage of the German cars. but still..<br>
4, non of that foolish electric stuff yet, its not (in my opinion) ready for practical use yet.<br><br>
And, you all can bet your backsides that she will be working and she will be paying. All I plan to do is sign the papers so she can get it.
 

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Rich suckers everywhere probably agree.<br><br><br><br><br>
I think something safe with airbags and not to fast.
 

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Everyone keeps mentioning speed of the car, and I agree, but what some might not realize is that with cars today you an get a programmer and reprogram the ECM and the TCM to limit acceleration, top speed etc...<br><br>
I have one for my truck, Before she got her learners I had the truck programmed at 500hp +/-, when she started driving in it, it took me about 10 minutes to set it back to 310hp with a top speed of 95.3mph before it defuels.<br>
The same would/will be done to any car she gets,, if she gets a Camaro, unless she wants to be totally shamed, she better not even try to race a Prius. It will beat her..
 

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And, you all can bet your backsides that she will be working and she will be paying. All I plan to do is sign the papers so she can get it.</div>
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Then why do you care about what kind of car she gets?
 

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if she gets a Camaro, unless she wants to be totally shamed, she better not even try to race a Prius. It will beat her..</div>
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Are you serious? A Camaro will **** all over a Prius. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Then why do you care about what kind of car she gets?</div>
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Because until she is 18 she is still my responsibility? and I refuse to put my name on anything non American (unless its VW) or hybrid.
 
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