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And he has only $3,289. <shudder> <shaky laugh>

We've stalled him for a while, but eventually he is going to take that paltry sum and buy a car. Before he does, I want to have lots of convincing things to tell him about what to do.

1. He needs a safe and sturdy car. This kid is not the world's best driver. In fact, even though he's 18 and our state lets kids drive at 16, we have not consented to sign his license, which he needs, because his driver's ed was in another state. (Long story.) He hasn't gotten the amount of practice with us that we think he needs. He forgets basic stuff like turning his lights on at night. He thinks he is invulnerable and a better driver than his mom and dad. So he needs a tank.

2. He needs a reliable car. He is a student and has a job that pays only about $50/week until the summer, when he'll get a higher-paying job, I hope.

3. He needs to pay about $2000, IMO. He'll need to have money left over for repairs and <cough> insurance. And while I'm on that subject -- is is true that if the car is in my name or his dad's name, we can cover him on our insurance policy for less than he would pay on his own? Mind you, he would buy the car. It would just be in our names.

I have recommended to him that he get an old American car. Big, sturdy, ugly, cheap. This is fine with him, as he wants a car big enough to hold a bunch of friends.

Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Also, I want our mechanic to check the car out first. He'll do this for free or cheap, because we are regular customers. Do y'all think that private sellers (not dealers) will allow this?

I've searched the archives, and I can't find a thread on this. If there is one, please point me to it.



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