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Jun 27, 2011 9:29AM

I think a good idea for a younger driver is a compact pickup truck with a standard cab (short cab).  This way the truck will only seat two or three people which means the kid can't drive all of their friends around.  It also provides a useable work vehicle whenever the family needs to haul something that won't fit in their car.  Not to mention it will make moving to college a little easier.  Make it a manual transmission to help them develop better driving habits (if they want to buy an automatic later in life, that's fine, but they should learn to drive a manual first).  Finally, make it a 4 cyl model so it gets decent mileage and isn't fast enough to get them into trouble. 


If you find a used model with between 60k and 80k miles, you will have easily found a vehicle for less then $10k, yet still has most of its life ahead of it.  Not bad for a first time ride.



Jul 11, 2011 2:25PM
Being a 23 year old I am appalled by this article. I don't understand what's with all the spoiled young people getting practically brand new cars. First off spending that much money on a young driver's car is insane mostly because it's a first car but more likely the driver isn't very experienced and it will get all kinds of dents, dings, and abuse. Young people can't afford any of those cars on their own so the article is basically condoning having the parents flit the bill. My dad bought me my first car but my limit was $2,000, anything over that I would have to pay for. That was when I was 16 and I still have the car (89 firebird) What a stupid article.
Jun 28, 2011 6:02AM
Any kind of used car is good. Never buy your teen a new car because it will only get trashed. Check with your insurance companies because insurance companies charge more for sports cars, some SUV's, large trucks and luxury cars. Finally, have them get a job and help pay for insurance, taxes, license, maintenance on the vehicle.
Jun 28, 2011 8:12AM

Times have changed since I was a young man, I saved and bought my own car. (A well used 1952 Plymouth 2 door.)

Maybe mom or dad would like to have a better car, wouldn't it make more sense to pass down the family car and get a new or newer one for the parents? At least you know what shape it's in and you probably won't have any unpleasant surprises. If the kid is living at home maybe he could share a second vehicle with mom or dad, and if he or she is going away to college what's wrong with walking, riding a bike or using public transportation. (Some colleges even prohibit freshmen from having a car on campus.)

Remember the TV show, "Happy Days?" Richie had to use the family DeSoto with a roof rack when he went on his dates, beats walking!

When I was a senior in H.S. (1957) I caught a ride with a friend or borrowed our family's old '51 Ford to get around or go on dates. It was either that or use our ton & 1/2  '48 GMC farm truck!

Jul 11, 2011 9:52PM
This article is ridiculous. From the kia to the bizarre assumption that parents are made out of money and bad decisions. No parent should spend more than 4 thousand getting their kid a first car, or anything that is a temporary car. My parents spent 1600 getting me a 95 pontiac bonneville earlier this year and love it. The car is dependable, easy to fix, and pretty decent on gas. Notice the car is 16 years old. There are plenty of decent cars out there that are old and are still safe and reliable. Any parent that buys their kid a new car is a fool. Buying a new car comes with being an adult. 
I just graduated high school.

That is all.

p.s. kia sucks
Jul 11, 2011 10:13AM
Under $20k? Please.  The kid needs a job to pay for it, (and has to pay for a place to live).  Help them out, yes, but don't enable the dependency.
Jul 12, 2011 5:00AM
are you really suggesting a 350z for a young driver.  this author is crazy.
Jul 11, 2011 4:36PM

Used car period if you're going to buy them a car. The cheaper the better. If the urchin doesn't like that, let the brat walk.

Jul 11, 2011 9:42PM
Top 10 cars for young people?  Where, in Beverly Hills.  I bought my first car with $800 saved up from paper routes.  Why should a 16-20 yr. old drive a $20,000 vehicle that will cost them another $5000 in insurance.  That's another problem with our want everything their parents have NOW.  How 'bout accumulating things through a lifetime of hard work???  BTW -  My 67 Cougar was my favorite car and I will always carry the pride of having paid for it taught me money principles I am now instilling in my own daughter. 
Jul 11, 2011 7:11PM
My daughters first car was a 1997 Ford Taurus with over a hundred thousand miles on it.  She drove it up until a month ago, so almost 4 years with over 200,000 miles on it.  It originally cost a thousand bucks.  Now she bought herself a brand new inexpensive car that gets excellent gas mileage and she can afford.  Whose to say what the first car should be for a kid.  It depends on the the kid, where you live and what you can afford.  If they don't get at least a B average, no license or car as far as I'm concerned.  
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