Join Date: May 2005
Location: Minneapolis, MN
I personally, as a 19 year old consumer, have had relatively newer cars all my life.
My first car was a 1997 Dodge Intrepid ES Sport, second was a 1999 Pontiac Firebird almost fully loaded, and even though I just recently sold it, I drove a 2000 Grand Am GT in the winter.
I now only haev the Grand Am GT, and am currently in the market for a G6. My parents are opposed to buying a first year driver a new car. None of my cars are brand new, but my advice is this: if your daughter abuses her privilages of driving, it's that simple. Keys in hand, my friend.
Having a car is a lot more than just being a responsible driver. You have to take care of it, and your daughter should know that. That means washing (properly) waxing, and vacuuming. All that good stuff. Teenagers, I've found, usually don't give two shits about their cars.
And besides, it'll give you two something else to bond over. I hope everythings going well. Did you ever get any pictures?