Daughter going to college and needs a car...will this spoil her?
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:02 AM
The last two cars I have purchased have been certified pre-owned and frankly, that is probably the route I will always go - you don't take such a massive hit on depreciation (sp?) and still get the piece of mind of a good warranty.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:02 AM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:23 AM
I drive a Subaru Outback (2011 with 4cyl, and get 30MPG regularly. My commute is not city traffic, nor freeway driving, but more country type 2 lane roads with mostly 40-45MPH speed limit. I know they're expensive but the AWD and high clearance are great in winter. (Every Subaru is AWD, and even their sedans and smaller cars are good in winter.)
A couple other points - new car for a new driver, probably not a good idea, especially a lease with potential damage that you pay for on their terms. But understand wanting something reliable that doesn't strand her.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:24 AM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:36 AM
That was my concern with the lease also. I wonder if she's reckless and impulsive like many girls her age. A girl like that is up for anything, and taking care of dad's car is not going to be high on her list of priorities. Man, I'm glad I don't have a daughter.
My niece who is 20 and in second year of college in CA got her mom's old Prius as a car. Its not as nice as the Lexus she was driving before (a coupe with V6, which was used when her folks bought it). While I was there visiting in the spring she had a little incident where she ran into a curb and the tire went flat. My brother (her dad) was pretty upset and claimed she was not paying attention and had similar problems before.
Take that for what its worth, she isn't spoiled really, but has also never really lacked any of the gadgets and toys that most middle class kids have/expect these days. I know not all kids are like that, and she is a good kid, but we all know that kids will sometimes take things for granted especially when they're not paying.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:41 AM
Since the college is local, I wouldn't sweat the used car reliability too much. If she breaks down, it's not like she will be 300 miles away.
I'm with the cheaper used car people on this one. Might have to put a bit more maintenance into it, but lower ins. (consider just getting liability) cost for her, and lower cost to you.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:58 AM
Besides, she is a teenage girl that hasn't driven much. She's going to ding it up/wreck it anyways.
My brothers kids started driving in the past few years. he has a close friend that has a daughter the same age as my nephews. My bro bought the kids serviceable used cars. His friend went brand new. My bro said almost every kid that started driving, including his, has some minor accidents . Some slid on the ice and hit the curb , others rear ended the people in front of them and his buddies daughter unfortunately totalled hers (thank God she was ok). Puddy, the last thing in the world I want to do is put images in your head of your kid cracking up a car but usually at that age , you can probably expect some dings here and there. May be better to go used first . A safe car of course but nothing too pricy. Then when she graduates college put a big ass bow on a sweet ride for her. Good luck bro
Edited by whomper, 01 June 2012 - 12:46 PM.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:59 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:03 PM
Another reason to look for an old Land Cruiser (FJ62), imo. These things are tanks and will go anywhere and will run forever as long as you get the oil changed on time.
This is an FJ80 which is newer than the 62s. This would be a GREAT reliable car for your daughter and the whole family during the snowy season.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:10 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:22 PM
All the kids I knew that had brand new cars in college didn't appreciate them for chit. They let other people drive them a lot (especially the chicks) and didn't really stay after things like maintenance.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:30 PM
Edited by Puddy, 01 June 2012 - 01:31 PM.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:38 PM
Puddy, you said that when she was in HS that she always got a ride home. Did she get home before you did? I'll bet the guys got in line to give her a ride home. Since she is still going to college locally, she might you know, still find ways to get around.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 09:25 PM
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:55 PM
I bet your daughter wouldn't be especially comfortable with her father asking to hear about the size of another man's penis on an Internet message board.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 11:25 PM
Edited by Puddy, 01 June 2012 - 11:25 PM.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:26 AM
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