I know this is WAY off topic, but I figured the folks in this forum may have been there and done that, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
My daughter is 18, two months from high school graduation, and suddenly living with me (long story, isn't important for this thread). She has no job yet, her school is 20 miles away, and she is presently uninsured as well.
I am self employed, have one car (2000 Avalon) and want to help her make a successful transition from dependency to autonomy. In the meantime, I have to get her to school and back every day.
First step is to get her insured again (she had been insured on mom's policy, totalled a $3,000 used car and mom dropped her from policy). She hasn't driven in four months.
I need to get a second car so she has something to use. I haven't car-shopped for 8 years or so. Things sure have changed!
Options seem to be buying a clunker (something like a beater bike only with four wheels and an engine!), buying a pretty good used car (3-4 years old), buying a new "starter car" like the Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla, Honda Fit, etc. These new subcompacts are in the $15,000 ball park and come with warranties, not to mention get GREAT gas mileage.
The other option is to get myself something, and turn the Avalon over to her. Problem is, I like the Avalon and have no particular itch to get something different!
She will help pay for the car, whatever it is, once she finds a job and has an income. She's a good kid, a responsible kid, and she'll be fine but she needs my help at the moment.
So, what do you think -- beater car, used newer car, new entry-level car, or a new vehicle for Dear Old Dad? If I had to get something, I'd probably get a Prius or Element or Accord or something, maybe even a small pickup but again, I have no particular desire to change vehicles.
And getting her a new bike is not the answer, btw...
Is there a particular make or model you'd recommend or suggest strongly that I avoid?