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lamberts-lost-tooth
03-21-2010, 02:27 PM
Yes...I have joined the ranks of the worried, the nervous and the anxious. My son has now turned 16 and has his license.

My wife and are not poor by any means and would "probably" be described as upper middle class by some, but make no mistake, we are not rich....and we BOTH come from pretty humble backgrounds.

We wrestled with the idea of buying our son a vehicle....do we get something nice or let him drive our vehicles but fret about it getting scratched, dented, or "mistreated"!!?? Do we get something used that may have to pay regularly for repairs and upkeep or worry about breaking down? Do we get him a 10-speed and tell him "dont even LOOK at our cars until your 18"!!

Well, as fate would have it, my father-in-law called the other day and wanted us to look at a car for sale near his house. When I asked what kind, he told me it was a 1993 Ford Tempo.:doh:

Out of respect I took my son over and three amazing things happened.

1) My son LOVED the car
2) I saw that the body has absolutely no dents or rust
3) and I learned that It has only 59,000 miles on it.

The older couple who owned the vehicle go to the same mechanic as we do and he verified that the miles were accurate and that the car was in great shape. $900.00 later (plus $220 dollars for Illinois tax and title) and we have a fuel-efficient third vehicle for our oldest child.

I actually drove it to work today and let my son take my car .....hmmmmmmm.....so maybe it wasnt such a great idea!:chuckle:

MACH1
03-21-2010, 02:36 PM
What, no muscle car. :chuckle:

Sounds like a good deal.

Borski
03-21-2010, 04:24 PM
Nice. I had to pay for my cars.

I had a Pontiac Grand Am GT ('96 I think) paid for it myself. Had it for awhile until the transmission died.

Then I got a 2003 Dodge Neon and its been great ever since

http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v291/165/123/720640952/n720640952_1255384_576.jpg

tony hipchest
03-21-2010, 04:43 PM
Well, as fate would have it, my father-in-law called the other day and wanted us to look at a car for sale near his house. When I asked what kind, he told me it was a 1993 Ford Tempo.:doh:

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im sorry. i bought about a 10 year old one (86 or 87) put a brand new motor in it, and found out exactly why TEMPO is short for "temporary".

hopefully you gus have better luck. the ones from the 80s were notorious for being pieces of crap. (even my 82 fairmont was better.)

NEPAsteeler
03-21-2010, 04:44 PM
I had to pay for my vehicles as well. My first car was a '94 Mazda pick-up truck that I bought when I was 17. I drove that for about 2 years then bought myself a '98 Chevy Malibu in '08. I love my Chevy, it's treated me very well so far. Congrats to your son on getting his license and first car!

chacha
03-21-2010, 05:14 PM
I had to pay for my first car too, it was a 75 Mustang kept together with Duct tape with bald tires, but I was happy when I bought it.

Your son sounds like a good kid who appreciates your gift, congrats!

AllD
03-21-2010, 05:58 PM
What about a Yamaha FZ6 or Kawasaki Ninja 500 instead?

MACH1
03-21-2010, 06:35 PM
What about a Yamaha FZ6 or Kawasaki Ninja 500 instead?

Great winter vehicle. :rolleyes:

SteelerNation12
03-21-2010, 11:20 PM
My parents actually bought me a Tempo for my first car and its was a POS, it wouldn't even start without doing a million things to it. Eventually they bought me a Grand Am which drove wonderfully in the winter and summer for a while.

Galax Steeler
03-22-2010, 03:54 AM
I bought my first one it was a ford escort. As for my son a driving I don't have to worry for another 8 years.:chuckle:

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-22-2010, 05:45 AM
My parents actually bought me a Tempo for my first car and its was a POS, it wouldn't even start without doing a million things to it. Eventually they bought me a Grand Am which drove wonderfully in the winter and summer for a while.

That of course is the worry.....so far so good. I made sure our mechanic signed off on it before I got it for him.

I have a friend who paints cars and semi tractors on the side....he is going to give it a new paint job at a VERY reasonable price.

The way I look at it...I paid $900...the book on it is $2,200...if I even get a whif of the vehicle being a money vacuum....I sell it for a profit.

Dino 6 Rings
03-22-2010, 11:55 AM
My father always said, "A boy gets the old beat up used car, but the girl gets the new car"

"why that's not fair dad!"

"Because, if you break down, you can walk home, I don't want your sister breaking down or having to worry about that."

So I got the 1984 Chevette. I miss that car sometimes. Never got one speeding ticket, well...because it couldn't speed.

Bng_Hevn
03-22-2010, 12:00 PM
My son is 4 and has a '65 Mustang Convertible waiting for him (from his grandfather) when he gets of age, assuming he is mature enough.

If we have a second son, hopefully I'll have a '11 Dodge Challenger to give him.

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-22-2010, 12:07 PM
My father always said, "A boy gets the old beat up used car, but the girl gets the new car"

"why that's not fair dad!"

"Because, if you break down, you can walk home, I don't want your sister breaking down or having to worry about that."

So I got the 1984 Chevette. I miss that car sometimes. Never got one speeding ticket, well...because it couldn't speed.

:rofl:

My son initially said "Sooooo I have to drive what you pick out"?

I told him "NOPE...you GET to drive what I pick out". :chuckle:

Dino 6 Rings
03-22-2010, 12:11 PM
My son is 6months old, I'm hoping my 2001 Chevy Malibu makes it another 15 years.

Both of my daughters are getting brand new V Ws in 4 and 6 years respectively

AllD
03-22-2010, 12:46 PM
Great winter vehicle. :rolleyes:

Yeah, I totally forgot about the snow. Although we had a record cold winter, didn't see any snow in Miami this year.

Hobbes
03-24-2010, 11:06 AM
My wife (Steel Duck) and I are going through this debate right now. Do we let her 15 yr old son drive her '97 Camaro V6 convertable? It' runs and looks great even with 119,000 miles. Or the '97 Blazer? 123,000 miles and starting to show. Then there's my '99 Z-28 that I bought new . . .with only 40,000 miles we wont even go there!
We where thinking of a small truck Dodge Dakota or S-10. Something that would handle the abuse.
Maybe I should start looking at 93 Tempos.:coffee:

SteelMember
03-24-2010, 11:51 AM
Great news for your son LLT.

Enjoy the great deal you got for awhile. Because when the insurance is due, it may not be long before that $900 seems like a drop in the bucket. :chuckle:

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-27-2010, 12:04 PM
Great news for your son LLT.

Enjoy the great deal you got for awhile. Because when the insurance is due, it may not be long before that $900 seems like a drop in the bucket. :chuckle:

$70 dollars a month to cover him on our policy...plus initial $900...plus license and title fees... plus gas...plus paint job...plus future repairs...

=:burning:

Steeldude
03-29-2010, 07:21 AM
perhaps your son will modify it like this beauty below :drink:

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/4369/3781/23421890001_large.jpg

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-29-2010, 12:36 PM
perhaps your son will modify it like this beauty below :drink:

http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/4369/3781/23421890001_large.jpg

:rofl::rofl:

I'm not sure whats worst...the car or his pants!!!!!!!