Thursday, January 22, 2009

Too Many Drivers

We have two and almost three drivers in our house. Two years ago, Michael turned 16 and his dad found this "great deal" from a customer. I honestly thought he would check things out better, but I know better now. 1988 Ford Ranger that had been driven by this guys son AND daughter which I should have realized was a completely worn out vehicle. I don't want to make that mistake again.

Michael's truck hasn't worked for a few months now. It hasn't been too bad. His girlfriend has a car and he can always use mine - we work that out. He is turning 18next month and graduating in May. He wants to work full time this summer and desperately needs a car. My feeling is that we (his dad and I) should help him buy a newer car. He wants a Jeep Cheeroke. His dad thinks "we" should buy a car outright. Well, this part of "we" can't afford a car for him and his sister, who will be 16 in April and is expecting a car (I have news for her). I keep assuring him that we will get it worked out, but knowing that I have to deal with his dad doesn't thrill me. In these situations he tends to "know better" and won't listen to me very closely.

So somehow I am going to have to bring up the conversation that a car for Michael should come first and a car for Alyssa comes second. She is an amazing driver and I feel completely confident in getting her license as soon as she is 16. Giving her a car is another issue. She is so confident is scares me. I remember what I was like when I was her age - that scares me even more. I keep hearing that now is a great time to buy a car with all the great deals that are out there. I know taking out a loan for Michael isn't the best idea, but I don't have a better one right now. He can make payments and work all summer and have a slow transition to the adult world. He will still be living with me and that would possibly be his main bill.

And to think, Ben will be driving in one year. OMG what was I thinking?? Ok, I wasn't - it just happened.
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Anonymous said...

I grew up in a small town (Gainesville), and we were poor, so I didn't get my own car until I was 22. I still lived at home, but at that age and working full time, I paid for the car, the gas and maintenance, and the insurance. My job was only a mile from home, so before then, I had walked or taken my bike. Other errands, I would walk or get a ride with family or friends. But, like I said, it was a small town. Pretty much everything I needed was within 2-3 miles of home.

But that simply doesn't work so well in a big city. When my car breaks down or something, its a major catastrophe for me here. I drive 42 miles round trip to/from work (from Bedford to Lewisville and back every weekday). Church is 7 miles away. I think I might could pull off walking to Kroger or the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market if I needed to, but a person really just has to have a car to simply live a normal life here, whether you're an adult or a teenager!

searching for life said...

I agree - it's not very easy. I have talked to several people who didn't get a car at 16 or their kid's haven't even taken drivers ed and they are already 16. My kids are more spoiled than they realize. Thanks for the comments!!