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    anyone recently add a new car for the kids?

    looks like the inevitable is happening. despite my dragging my feet as much as humanly possible, my son's girlfriend's parents are practically giving us their 2003 Chevy Impala w 145K miles. if things go as they appear to be going, we might get it Saturday

    not looking forward to tires, emergency gear, maintenance, winter dig-outs, emergency rescue missions on the side of the road, ins bills, parking woes, repairs, etc etc etc

    any horror stories out there? any good stories? anyone have a 2003 Chevy Impala w 145k miles?
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    It should be good for at least 100K more miles. If it has the 3.8 it'll probably go even longer. They're actually really dependable cars, you'll probably have some trim problems on the interior but mechanicals should last you a long time.
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    Determine how much your insurance will increase, and, before accepting the car, have your son determine exactly how he is going to pay for the insurance and gas. My sons are grown, but the younger one is still floating around on my auto insurance policy (he does pay for it, but a few tickets here, and a few there - he can't obtain his own insurance for another year). Anyway, I used to take care of tires and general maintenance for their cars when they were teens. We live in the middle of nowhere, so there are few job opportunities, BUT both of them knew exactly what they were required to do in order to earn their driving rights, insurance & gas..... it's easy to find boy work on a farm, though!

    More important - set the ground rules for his driving. Is he allowed to have passengers in the car? If so, how many? My older boy had a piggybank in the car for his friends to contribute gas money. My younger boy decided to remove the back seat so he would not be asked to truck people around... he put his kicker bike back there to take up the space. Address issues with: cell phone, MP3/Radio/whatever before he has the chance to hit a ditch while adjusting the Ipod. Make sure he understands the difference between a "stop" and a "rolling stop" and how much moving violations cost for both the ticket and the insurance rate hike.

    Good luck!

    PS - never gave my boys a car with less than 250,000 miles on it!!
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    I added my daughter to my AAA roadside assistance membership; I think it's $75 a year for both of us. It's well worth it for emergency rescue missions.
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    It's that or a bakfiets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    I added my daughter to my AAA roadside assistance membership; I think it's $75 a year for both of us. It's well worth it for emergency rescue missions.
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    Good stuff. He's 17 ... 18 in January & been driving for a couple years. He used to be great at stops, but now in our condo complex I caught him doing what I do ... ;(

    Got him on our insurance & AAA a few months ago. Now daughter will be equipped with a license too in a few months so we'll have to add her to everything as well. The kids each work summers and are good savers, so wifey has been & will be managing their accounts to use their combined money for EVERYTHING.
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    My parents made me pay for everything myself....the car, insurance, gas, repairs, everything. Never never paid a penny for any of my cars. Of course I had a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    My parents made me pay for everything myself....the car, insurance, gas, repairs, everything. Never never paid a penny for any of my cars. Of course I had a job.
    Mine too, I can't remember ever getting a dime for car costs. But I also started working at 14 y/o, so I had money.
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    We all do stupid things as kids. I remember tearing through my neighbourhood pulling back wheel skids, thinking how cool it was... Lucky no one was around and no one got hurt but if I had lost control of the car and killed someone or worse killed myself.. Now older and wiser, thinking back..I shouldn't have done all those stupid things. A car could be dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced driver. I remember a young chap driving a Subaru WRX. The driver lost control and hit a truck causing it to land on its side. The truck was driven by my friend on the way to meet up for a ride with the bicycles on the back of the truck. Sadly my friend was killed when the truck flipped.

    Just make sure he use it responsibly and not skim on maintenance of engine, tyres, brakes and lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    Mine too, I can't remember ever getting a dime for car costs. But I also started working at 14 y/o, so I had money.
    Mine three. I never could afford a car so I got a bicycle... Which in turn led me to bikeforums

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    My parents made me pay for everything myself....the car, insurance, gas, repairs, everything. Never never paid a penny for any of my cars. Of course I had a job.
    Mine had the attitude that I needed to be spending my time furthering my education. I got some use of their cars, but by the time I went off on my own, I was still riding my bicycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    Good stuff. He's 17 ... 18 in January & been driving for a couple years. He used to be great at stops, but now in our condo complex I caught him doing what I do ... ;(

    Got him on our insurance & AAA a few months ago. Now daughter will be equipped with a license too in a few months so we'll have to add her to everything as well. The kids each work summers and are good savers, so wifey has been & will be managing their accounts to use their combined money for EVERYTHING.
    We couldn't afford the rate hike of adding a teen driver, so we didn't. She wasn't allowed to get a DL until after she obtained and kept a job. The only time she was allowed to drive herself was if there was a conflict of schedules with her mom (I could no longer drive at night at the time).

    Call it ignorance or what you will, but we were/are of the opinion that the policy on the car is extended to any driver that has our permission to operate our car and not just the names on a policy.
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    wifey calls ins. co. adding the car won't cost much more than what we pay now having him on her policy (yeah we have sep policies - long story) but the car has to go in my name cuz it would be way too expensive in her name (on her policy) due to the fact that she keeps backing into ppl and now has too many accident points. lucky me
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    lol pissa!
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