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Old 02-04-07, 04:53 PM   #1
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When dad wants to give you a car...

Well, my dad is going to fix up my brother's old mustang, and give it to me. I was wondering what I should do with it, either keep it, licence it but drive it sparingly, or kindly tell him I don't roll like that
I don't exactly have the room to sotre it, or the money to pay to have it stored. I know it would mean a lot to him, because it's the last car my brother owned before he passed on.
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Old 02-04-07, 05:31 PM   #2
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Define old Mustang....

'64 1/2?
Mach 1?
Mustang II?
Fox Body?

If it's worth the money and you really don't want it, then perhaps selling it to a collector who will really appreciate it may be the best way to honor your brother, rather than let his jewel fall into disrepair. You can then donate the money to a cause close to your brother's heart.

But if you love the car, then enjoy it.

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What were your brother's interests?

Talk to your Dad. Donate the car to a charity or organization your brother liked, or sell the car and donate the money in his name.
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Talk to your Dad. Donate the car to a charity or organization your brother liked, or sell the car and donate the money in his name.

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Get rid of it. Donate, Sell, or Drive off the side of a bridge but jump out just in time and parachute to saftey.
Remember, If you are 16 or 17 or thereabouts, you're acctually going to have to deal with a world where gas cost $10/galllon, (oil production peaks in 35 years.) So you might as well get used to not owning a car now.
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16 or 17, you are a male right?, the insurance on this thing (high horse power car, with fast look) is going to be astronomical for you.

I would definitely sit with your dad and discuss if there is something you could do with it to honor your brother. Maybe you could sell it and put the proceeds in a 429 acount for your future children's college education?
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sell it and buy yourself a coupla nice bikes. or better, one nice bike for long distance and one beater with fenders for bad weather. try to stay uninvolved with cars. they will take your money and your health.
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I gave up my car 2 years ago and I am addicted to biking.Recently,a friend of mine bought a car and gave me her old car until the lease is up.It So I thought I would drive it through Jan and Feb. I feel awful because I am not getting my fix.I have decided to return the car early.It is far too easy to use a car when you have access to one.I know that I can't have a car because I don't have the discipline to ride my bike knowing that I have a car that will get me to work in five minutes.Biking is a healthy addiction,you don't want to lose that.
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Well, my dad is going to fix up my brother's old mustang, and give it to me. I was wondering what I should do with it, either keep it, licence it but drive it sparingly, or kindly tell him I don't roll like that
I don't exactly have the room to sotre it, or the money to pay to have it stored. I know it would mean a lot to him, because it's the last car my brother owned before he passed on.
Easy, tell him how much you appreciate his gesture, but that you don't have room to store it and would consider the gift too valuable and nostalgic to actually drive - so if he would keep it there for you, feeling free to give it a workout from time-to-time, you'd really appreciate it. No feelings hurt, no principles compromised.
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"I know it would mean a lot to him, because it's the last car my brother owned before he passed on."

THIS makes any choice really tough because your Dad isn't ready to let go of your brother.

Sit down with Dad to talk about this. This is also a time to get your pastor or other religious
leader involved to help Dad work though his grief. This ain't about the car at all.........

All the best ,mate. Blessings to your Dad.
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Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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This ain't about the car at all.........
very true. be considerate and talk about this - just the two of you.
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Note: i'm 28. I don't know how the 16/17 thing got started
Anyways, i'm gonna keep it. It's an '86, and I guess it's in absolute mint condition. I'll have to keep it there though, at least for a few years. He wants to keep it in the family.
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Good decision.

My condolences to you and your family.
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Note: i'm 28. I don't know how the 16/17 thing got started
Anyways, i'm gonna keep it. It's an '86, and I guess it's in absolute mint condition. I'll have to keep it there though, at least for a few years. He wants to keep it in the family.
Hmm.........an 86 fox body ehh? If its got the 5.0 under the hood, I say use it the way cars were meant to be used. RECREATIONALY. Sounds like a great candidate for a racecar. Closed road course against the clock. That way you dont have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings, you get to have a little fun with pops on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and the car gets used but doesn't clog up the road when I am trying to get my spin on! I know its kinda against the whole environmental thing and all but it sure would be fun!

P.S. sorry for your bro...........
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Hmm.........an 86 fox body ehh? If its got the 5.0 under the hood, I say use it the way cars were meant to be used. RECREATIONALY. Sounds like a great candidate for a racecar. Closed road course against the clock. That way you dont have to worry about hurting anyone’s feelings, you get to have a little fun with pops on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and the car gets used but doesn't clog up the road when I am trying to get my spin on! I know its kinda against the whole environmental thing and all but it sure would be fun!

P.S. sorry for your bro...........
The 1986 is the lightest year, a great candidate for that.
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If it's really a cherry 5.0, just keep it stock and keep it up. It will be loved at muscle car shows, and classic car insurance is cheap and only a year or few away depending on whether your state goes with the 20 or 25 year window. I mean, do what you want, but ime mint 5.0s are rare, and not the best candidate for a racing auto when you get into the nitty gritty. No reason to muss wit' a mint soon to be classic when you can keep it as is and easily build a better race car.
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A 66 would be cool. An 86 is not.

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Good decision.

My condolences to you and your family.
Yes, You've found a good way to honor your dad & brother.
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Well the usual car-loving thugs have hijacked yet another thread. Too bad you'd use a family's grief to stir up flames on a internet forum.

I don't think a machine makes a good tribute for a human being. Maybe you could plant a tree in his honor, or throw a big party in his memory.
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Easy, tell him how much you appreciate his gesture, but that you don't have room to store it and would consider the gift too valuable and nostalgic to actually drive - so if he would keep it there for you, feeling free to give it a workout from time-to-time, you'd really appreciate it. No feelings hurt, no principles compromised.
Chip's got the idea. I owned a Mustang when I was 18....full coverage was so high I had to take a job just to pay it (400/mo sound good? That's what my insurance on it was, and it was only a 4cylinder).

I say if you want a car on the side, get something practical like a Corolla. Good fuel economy, and nowhere near sporty neough to justify a huge insurance hike.

Keep in mind young males have insane insurance rates.
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Well the usual car-loving thugs have hijacked yet another thread. Too bad you'd use a family's grief to stir up flames on a internet forum.
Looks like there's only one individual here stirring up flames.

My condolences, 0.
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...I say if you want a car on the side, get something practical like a Corolla. Good fuel economy, and nowhere near sporty neough to justify a huge insurance hike.

Keep in mind young males have insane insurance rates.
Really old model year + no coll or comp coverage (you only get ACV, so cost of the coverage is not worth it until you can get the stated amount and a classic car or show car endorsement) + 28 YO male shouldn't be terrible assuming you have a solid credit rating and have not owned a car without insurance. Be sure to shop though, and don't let them put you at a higer rate due to "no prior insurance." You didn't have a need for prior insurance so it shouldn't count against you...I know there are at least a few companies out there that won't ding you for it.

Hmm...that only applies if you are in the US...I have no idea what insurance markets look like in Canada.
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