Your son has finally saved up $5k in cash from his job as a bag boy at the grocery store.
What do you urge him to get for his first vehicle?
>tfw parents made me buy my own first car, insurance, and registration
I paid a dude 800 cash for a manual transmission 1995 Geo Metro hatchback and didn't even know how to drive it. I stalled 8 or 9 times on the way home (it was only a few miles) and got my first ticket at 17 years old for expired tags, no insurance, and reckless driving.
Then I proceeded to spend $350 each month on insurance. I ended up not even driving my senior year because I couldn't afford insurance + my parents charging me rent.
Damn it feels good to be 26 with no accidents now.
+Not enough space for all his stupid friends to do stupid stuff with
+looks reasonable for age and looks like he likes to work. Great car to get a job with.
+Can't go super fast
+Don't get tickets as much
+Won't get stolen like a hotcake
+Won't get carjacked
+Won't break and can be a great car to learn on
+ Lack of stupid JDM shit mods
If my son were 16 right now instead of 2 I'd buy him a NA 4 cylinder foxbody mustang or a light truck.
If he made the $5000 on his own and wanted to spend it all on a car it would depend on his tastes I suppose. We'd discuss maintenance and repair costs of different options. I'd want him in something safe if it was going to be sporty. Maybe a Cummins?
Porsche 944 so I can make him my debt slave as he spends all his money on repairs.
>What do you urge him to get for his first vehicle?
I'd buy him a Civic Si as a High School graduation gift
+1 old small gutless truck
The other added benefit that no one's paid attention to is insurance...young, male, and single he's gonna get ass raped with anything other than a mid 90s or earlier light duty beater truck.
I can't really say one way or the other for the quality of the vehicles, especially as ranger varied so much over the years...but, I would probably throw my vote at the ranger, purely because the sheer amount of fleet sales makes getting parts borderline free. They both seem fairly dependable otherwise.
>tfw bag boy
>tfw make 7k in a year and a half
>tfw only work about 3 days a week
True dat. Truck insurance even for a young guy is CHEEEEEEEAP. I was able to get state farm for $240/6mos when I had a two-door four seat Mazda b series
Chevy S-10's and their GMC equivalent are just as fine, though not quite as good looking as Rangers (I think). Old Mazda B series trucks are great as well, easier to fix but they are a bit harder to find parts for. I had a b2600i, I was able to squeeze out 30-35 mpg on the highway by being really careful. Those 4cyl engines are yummy.
I wouldn't go for the Tacoma or Frontier, they are also newer.
For all intensive purposes, mid-90's S10 chevy and Ford Rangers are pretty much the same offering and potential, and have the safety features and reliability you want so you might as well look for either or.
There is some praise to be had about the old 'yota trucks as well like the Hilux, but they are scarce.
Just talk to the kid, there are lots of options available in that market. Manual can be fun (and a little truck is easy to learn on), King Cab can be useful. I wouldn't go for a four door anything.
If you can find one, Jeep Comanche pickups are also cool. Nothing wrong with them and despite their slight scarcity in this world, there are plenty of parts because it is essentially the same platform as the Cherokee.
Just bop around on craigslist until you find an agreeable one. You can probably do
Needs a lot of work for ~500
Needs some work for ~800
Will need work soon for ~1000
Nearly trouble free for ~1500
Beautiful shape and low miles for ~2k
we let people who are only 16 years drive on public roads
the list of stupid shit i did at 16 in my mother Impala is way longer than the post limit
16 year olds make bad decisions and are easily distracted give Jimmy a civic with a 5 speed and he'll more than likely Paul Walker himself
Say I have a car valued at $10,000 and a loan still owed at $10,000 and I can find someone who would directly trade their car for mine but theirs is paid off. What can I do in this situation to go through with it? Tired of the Accord life and looking to get something actually fun.
When you're buying a car think of these things first:
I will just tell you to buy a miata, na because of pop-ups.
Wait wait wait, so what you're saying is you can get a driving license without being able to work with manual transmission ??
What newish car would you guys pick for 10-20k ? Could possibly stretch to 25k. I commute about 200 miles or so a week.
I was thinking fiesta ST, or BRZ/FRS. Not many STs that are used. What other boiracer shit should I do
found this on autotrader
had an accident tho