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Old 05-24-09, 06:24 PM   #1
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I love my niece.......but

I just purchased a new car, and decided to give my niece a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis in mint condition. She said she hated the color and wanted a black car.

When I was sixteen I would have been thrilled to get any car for free. I drove a 10 year old Chevette with no floor boards.

Is it me or do kids today expect their every wish and desire to be fulfilled.
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Old 05-24-09, 06:30 PM   #2
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So... don't give it to her. Sell it and use the funds for a vacation. She needs to be taught a lesson; apparently the hard way.
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So... don't give it to her. Sell it and use the funds for a vacation. She needs to be taught a lesson; apparently the hard way.
+1. I had to purchase my first car - a rusty '56VW. My parents did buy my second car ($300 Triumph Herald saloon) when the VW failed a roadworthyness test as they felt slightly guilty about encouraging me to buy the beetle.

I would have been over the moon to have been given a 10 year old car. Heck my parents would have been over the moon to have a 10 year old car at the time.
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...and convince her parents to cancel her cell phone & cable, and not pay for her college ed. Definitely time for a reality check. Does she even have a job with which to buy gas?
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Had to rebuild the motor in my first truck(a free, behind the barn special), just to get it running. Saved for my second car, where my parents matched me dollar for dollar in an effort to encourage me to get something they considered safe. They , correctly, feared that to do otherwise would have resulted in me purchasing a peace of crap sports car.

I agree with the others, if she isn't happy with it, sell it and do something for yourself with the money. Or, use the cash to purchase her a new bicycle that she can use while she saves for a car of her choosing.
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Nah, don't sell it. Adopt me instead.

I had a '95 Crown Vic. Didn't get the best gas mileage, but the ride was smooooth. Traded it in for my wife's '05 Hyundai Elantra.

Or you can buy her a pair of Nike's and hand her the schedule to the local transit service.
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So... don't give it to her. Sell it and use the funds for a vacation. She needs to be taught a lesson; apparently the hard way.
I agree, but let me fix it a bit, sell the car, buy her a black Walmart bike, then go on vaca.
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No she doesn't. If she doesn't want a free car, good for her. Too bad she hurt your feelings.

Get over it.
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a 2002 car is practically brand-new!

From another perspective.... If my memory serves me correctly that's a pretty big sedan, that probably gets awful gas mileage. If I were in her shoes, I would say something to the effect of, "Thanks for the offer, but I do not think I could afford to keep that car on the road. Would it be okay with you if we sold it and used the money to buy something smaller and cheaper to maintain?"

But at the very least, she should be extremely gratefulyou're willing to GIVE her a car.
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No she doesn't. If she doesn't want a free car, good for her. Too bad she hurt your feelings.

Get over it.
Feelings hurt? No

She wants the car if it was black. It doesn't have an ugly color it is a silver metalic blue

Plus surprisingly the car does get pretty decent gas mileage.
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Feelings hurt? No

She wants the car if it was black. It doesn't have an ugly color it is a silver metalic blue

Plus surprisingly the car does get pretty decent gas mileage.
+1 to sell it instead. You want to give her a car and she's complaining about the color? That's pretty sad.
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Since you were willing to give it to your niece, why don't you give it to a charity? When your niece asks what happened to the car you can say you gave it to someone that wanted it. You can claim a tax deduction too.
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Since you were willing to give it to your niece, why don't you give it to a charity? When your niece asks what happened to the car you can say you gave it to someone that wanted it. You can claim a tax deduction too.
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i'm 19, the car i own was given to me by my mom a year ago. 2005 hyundai elantra, white. it's SO reliable, and it's pretty, and what, it gets me from point a to point b (assuming point a is more than forty miles from point b and too far for a bike commute where i don't need to sweat ). it was a "i'm done paying it, i want a new car, do you want this one sweetie?" i was like YES.

seriously, that's so mean of her. do the charity thing.
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NOT! I've seen many, many, "donated" cars end up in the hands of shady used car dealers who got them for a song! Do your homework before you donate! and doing your homework doesn't mean asking them, or checking out their website, it means really dig before you donate anything! In Vietnam (and many other wars) 80% of the RedCross donations end up being sold in street markets!
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No she doesn't. If she doesn't want a free car, good for her. Too bad she hurt your feelings.

Get over it.
You obviously didn't read the OP, she's just a snooty teenager is all, I'd get it painted black then take her to watch it get crushed at the local scrap yard!
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NOT! I've seen many, many, "donated" cars end up in the hands of shady used car dealers who got them for a song! Do your homework before you donate! and doing your homework doesn't mean asking them, or checking out their website, it means really dig before you donate anything! In Vietnam (and many other wars) 80% of the RedCross donations end up being sold in street markets!
Talk to friends about legit org's to donate to. Here near Green Bay, Bart Starr has represented the Rawhide Boys Ranch for the last few decades. There should be something similar & respectable nearby.
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Wow if she actually said that to you, you shouldn't ever get her anything.
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Man. Kids today are soo ungrateful! I agree, give her the bus schedule.
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The response is even more sickening. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWkQe...eature=related

I want to beat her with a Gucci bat.
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You obviously didn't read the OP, she's just a snooty teenager is all, I'd get it painted black then take her to watch it get crushed at the local scrap yard!
Perhaps I was in a snippy mood and a bit harsh with my reply, but I stand by the gist of my message. If a teenager doesn't want a free car, good for her. Sure she said she didn't like the colour, in which case she obviously isn't desperate to have a car. Why does every teenager have to have a car? Why does the OP assume she wants one? Why does everyone infer that by refusing it she somehow embodies all the imputed evils all the old people like to rant about where kids are concerned? "Kids nowadays! Why when I was their age...!"
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Perhaps I was in a snippy mood and a bit harsh with my reply, but I stand by the gist of my message. If a teenager doesn't want a free car, good for her. Sure she said she didn't like the colour, in which case she obviously isn't desperate to have a car. Why does every teenager have to have a car? Why does the OP assume she wants one? Why does everyone infer that by refusing it she somehow embodies all the imputed evils all the old people like to rant about where kids are concerned? "Kids nowadays! Why when I was their age...!"

1. She does want a car, but she wants a car more suitable to her liking

2 Why do I assume she wants a car............. Well I am only her uncle and have been around her, her whole life.

3.She lives in a suburban sprawl area of Metro Detroit. You pretty much need a car to get anywhere.

4. It would help out my sister, who happens to work fulltime, and is paying the gross national product of a third world country for her two oldest children to attend college.

5. Thanks for playing idiots....oops devil's advocate.
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I'd just say 'suit yourself' and drop the subject.
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1. She does want a car, but she wants a car more suitable to her liking
That's fine, she's on her own.

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She seems to be managing without it so far.

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So give the car to your sister.
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That's fine, she's on her own.

She seems to be managing without it so far.

So give the car to your sister.
Wow, you are clueless.
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