He's getting his first car!

United States
February 27, 2016 1:02pm CST
Monday my oldest son will be picking up his first car! He's buying it from the same dealership my husband and I got our cars through. Yes he's going to have a car payment, but the car should be reliable enough to last him awhile. The affordability isn't too bad. The increase in insurance is the hardest part. The monthly insurance payment is about double the car payment! I am excited that he'll finally be getting his own car. He has been using my husband's car. He'll drop hubby off at work and keep the car all day, and then he goes to work before my husband gets out. So that means I have to go pick up hubby after I'm done at work instead of going straight home to take care of the house and kids. My life has been feeling rather rushed and hectic lately.. so hopefully now that everyone will have their own car life will start to slow down a little. When did you get your first car?
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@dodo19 (32586)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
28 Feb 16
That's pretty cool. I'll admit that I've never had a car. I got my learner's permit when I was sixteen, but never got my driver's license. Tried for the test and failed. Then I went to university in a small town and I could walk everywhere. Didn't see the point. Now, I've got my learner's permit again. With three kids, a driver's license can be quite useful.
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• United States
29 Feb 16
We live pretty far out. There's not much within walking distance here.. and he thinks he's too cool to walk anywhere, lol.
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@dodo19 (32586)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
29 Feb 16
@katsmeow1213 lol. So in that case, he does need a car. I'm lucky as now we have public transit. So, it makes it easier.
• United States
29 Feb 16
@dodo19 We're so far out, we have 2 buses per day... one in the morning at 8am, one at night around 6pm. But there are no bus routes to the area where he works which is about a 15 minute drive.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
27 Feb 16
Wow, is it that time already? Our neighbors went through this with their son last year. It seems like the parents are running around less now that he can get to places (and take his brother) on his own. They just told him he had to pay for the gas and half of the car insurance (I think the aunt gave him her old car). Congrats on this new milestone - gosh they grow up quick!! I got my first car just after graduating high school (during the summer, it was on July 4th!). My parents got it for me so I can haul myself to college and work!
• United States
27 Feb 16
It has been helpful since he got his license and can give the other kids rides etc. It will be even more helpful to everyone when he doesn't have to borrow hubby's car to do that stuff.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
29 Feb 16
@katsmeow1213 I'm sure your Hubby will appreciate that! My mother in law is allowing her granddaughter to drive her car - and she's already messed up the car. Grandma is on pins and needles when she takes her car!
• United States
29 Feb 16
@much2say If I were grandma I'd probably say no! Only reason I don't say no to my own son is because he doesn't get out of work until 1am so it's easier to let him take the car instead of one of us waiting up to drive him home.
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@AmbiePam (48658)
• United States
2 Mar 16
My dad bought me an '89 Chevy truck back in 1997. He got a good deal because the back had been wrecked. He and a friend did all the work themselves, and let me pick out the paint color when he took it to the paint shop. He put in new seats, added a bed liner to the back of the truck, and showed it to me finished on my 16th birthday. I was so excited! It looked brand new, and anything other than an '89. He knew how to fix up cars inexpensively, but have them look great. All the men in my church were so jealous! It's a shame car insurance is higher for teenage boys than girls. It's already so expensive for parents!
• United States
3 Mar 16
I bought my first car in 1998, it was an 88 Honda Prelude. I paid $500. I crashed it a month later and after that the hood never stayed down. I kept it for a year before buying an 89 Nissan Sentra that also only lasted a year. My son's car is an 07. It's a Pontiac of some sort.. not sure the model. He's financing it, the total cost was about $5,000. It has 100K miles which is average for a car that age. It's beautiful, pristine condition, runs great, no rust! Not too shabby for a first car.
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@AmbiePam (48658)
• United States
4 Mar 16
@katsmeow1213 It's great when you have a reliable vehicle with that many miles. That truck, my first car, had 100,120 miles on it, and that concerned me as a 16 year old who didn't know much about cars, but it was fine.
@Blondie2222 (21399)
• United States
2 Mar 16
That's great he is going to have his own transportation now and it'll help you and hubby out alot as well. I got my first car 7 years ago and no more car payments the car is mine now.
@Corbin5 (103070)
• United States
27 Feb 16
I married my husband at age 21, so his car was my first. Now that we are old people, we have more cars here, due to my husband's car-nut status, than we need. The dog has her own car. Weird guy I married. Our son has never had to buy a car since his grandfather just kept handing over his car to his only grandchild when he purchased a new one. Sometimes it pays to be the only child, only grandson, only everything.
• United States
29 Feb 16
Well at least if one breaks down you have a back up!
@PainsOnSlate (20241)
• Canada
6 Mar 16
I was already married before I got my first car. When working as a teen I drove my mothers car to work, Then I was away at colleges in Kansas and Missouri, I didn't need a car, lived on campus. My first car was one my husband won in a card game. It was a 1949 Hudson and the year was 1967 or 68... Glad to see you son has one, its a big responsibility,
@Shellyann36 (9214)
• United States
5 Mar 16
That is a big milestone for a kid! Kudos to him. This should really make life easier for you. I got my first car when I was 16. My parents got tired of taking me back and forth to work.
@UncleJoe (9745)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
29 Feb 16
I was 14 when I got my 1941 Ford. No license or tags so I would ditch cops by cutting through woods and across cornfields. There weren't so many cops and absolutely no helicopters like today's law enforcement.
@Daljinder (21199)
• India
27 Feb 16
Yep it would surely save you from rushing.... Good luck with the new car...