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Old 01-05-2011, 10:25 AM
Location: San Antonio
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Our daughter swims year round, gets good grades, and is very responsible.

We'll be getting her a car when she's ready. I plan on spending a great deal of time preparing her to drive and until I'm confident she can handle it she won't go solo. I don't anticipate any problems.

When the time comes I'll let her choose a used vehicle in my price range, the vehicle will be in my name but she'll have access to it. Any issues arise and the access will be removed.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:31 PM
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Ooooh, I LOVE the chores idea. I didn't want to just hand the car over to her (and obviously she doesn't have time to get an actual job), so I think that's the perfect solution. Thanks much! And thank you everyone else for your great advice!

What I plan to do is buy a used car (I found a Subaru Forester on Craigslist that I'm hoping to check out this weekend) and tell her that it's MY car and using it is a priviledge, not a right. If she continues to do well in school and doesn't get into any trouble whatsoever, I'll have no problem with allowing her to use the car.
Hey straw, already told you my opinion on this over on automotive (don't know what got stuck in some of those guy's crawls), anyway, I think you are making a good decision and one I would make myself. Sounds like a good kid and there are ways to make her invested in the car, without making her invest in it.

My parents gave me my first car and it wasn't a cheap car. The deal was if I got scholarships to college than I would get a car. I got the scholarships, my parents got me the car. Even though I didn't pay anything for it I did realize the sacrifice my parents made to buy it. Look at it as rewarding positive behavior and actions on her part. Consequently, the car goes away if that changes.
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