Did you buy your first car? (Update: One Last Question)

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    Jun 21, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    Simple question:

    Did you buy it with your hard earned money?

    Did you get one for a sweet sixteen or graduation gift?

    Did you get the family car when they got a new one?

    My brother got a car for his graduation. And I got nothing. I admit, I'd rather earn it than be given it, but I can't help but feel a bit bitter about it. (Especially since it'll take over a years worth of work to get a used car)

    Update: Okay, I'm really glad everyone has given their responses, but one last question I forgot to ask was this:

    If you bought your first car, did you get your car completely on your own? (Meaning, you didn't have a parent pay, and then you paid them back, no one co-signed for you, and if you have a job from an early age, you never used your parents car to get to said job)
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn said
    My brother got a car for his graduation. And I got nothing.


    This happened to me. Except I was the brother who got a car and my older brother was pissed because he didn't. In my defense it's a lot more common and accepted for parents to buy you a car in Mexico. In the US I find it's looked down upon if your parents buy you things, there's a much bigger culture of "omg if you buy it yourself you're a winner!", which I can understand. But, not really in other cultures.
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    LOL. Is this a Ferris Bueller moment? I hope you got something for your graduation at least.

    For me, first car was a gift. But I eventually paid it all back after I graduated college and got established with my career.
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    Actually my parents bought me my first car. It was a 1988 Oldsmobile Something-or-other Royale - a cheap junker that they got for a few hundred bucks.

    The electrical system was completely screwed up on the thing - I don't even remember exactly what was wrong with it. I referred to it as the rechargeable car because I could only start the the car four times before having to recharge the drained battery. That damn car was always plugged in. icon_lol.gif

    I then used my saved up money from my part time job to buy a 1995 Saturn.

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    Jun 21, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    My parents bought my brother his first car. He hated it and (accidentally) wrecked it within a week.

    He ended up working and paying for his subsequent cars.

    I did not get a car either. In fact, I had to share a car with my mom until after I graduated high school. Then they did buy my brother's car and fix it up for me after he bought a newer car for himself.

    In fact, I inherited 3 of my brother's hand-me-downs. lol...


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    Jun 21, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    Yep sir...and both sister's first car.
    Pissed me off when they wouldn't let me borrow them--get a few tickets and it's like you're reckless or something.
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    My partner was the only child of 4 that didn't get a car bought for him--he still get's mad about it, nearly cried when I bought him one.
    (nearly)ha..what a mess.
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    Jun 21, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    My Dad brought me a new car after HS so very recently..
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 21, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    no .. but I wished I would have, because I did not realize how much I should appreciate what I had
  • rnch

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    Jun 21, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    I paid for my first car with my savings from three years of throwing a paper route.
  • TheBizMan

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    Jun 21, 2013 5:53 AM GMT
    Absolutely not. I'm no peasant. icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Jun 21, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidAbsolutely not. I'm no peasant. icon_rolleyes.gif


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    I didn't expect to laugh.... but I did -_-
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    Jun 21, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    rnch saidI paid for my first car with my savings from three years of throwing a paper route.


    0_0 Wow... how much did that job pay???
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    Jun 21, 2013 10:47 AM GMT
    My mom got me my first car (used) senior year of high school. In Florida a lot of kids have cars cause there's just no other way to get around and I had gotten my first job.
    It was an old mustang and I loved it, upgraded in college.
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    Jun 21, 2013 10:59 AM GMT
    My parents got me my first car for my 18th birthday. I needed it as we were moving to the suburbs and there was no way of getting to uni (about 40 km away) using public transport that took under three hours. And we didn't have the option of staying in uni dorms if we had houses in the same city.

    That car I used till I moved to the UK, where I didn't drive a car. Moved back last year and this year bought myself a car with my own money.
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    Jun 21, 2013 11:28 AM GMT
    My first car was a gift, on the very day of my 17th birthday, legal driving age in New Jersey. My parents drove me to the State driver's license station in the morning where I took my written exam, then went directly with my temporary permit to the car dealer where we picked up the new car my parents had bought me for cash. (Because of my minor age and car insurance considerations at that time it was actually registered in my Father's name, and there was always a notarized document in the glove box saying I had permission to drive it without restriction)

    It was waiting in the showroom, a bow on the top of the steering wheel with a birthday card on the seat, and a salesperson to brief me on its operation (very basic in 1966). I drove it home myself with my licensed-driver Father sitting at my side, as my "learner's" permit required. I'd already been driving since 16-1/2, on a special high school Driver's Ed age waiver using dual-control student cars, so I actually knew what I was doing. Damn it felt good! icon_biggrin.gif

    I was initially scheduled to take my driving demonstration test to get my permanent license 3 months later, typical at that time, stuck with always having a licensed driver sitting next to me until then. But my Father pulled some political strings to have me rescheduled to test in about 2 weeks, and I passed the first time, on the manual 4-speed of my new car, thereafter legally driving solo.

    My late Father continued to buy me cars as gifts, the last when I was 44. Although I bought my own, too, as well as all my motorcycles and RVs. A caring & generous but quiet man, he knew he didn't express his inner emotions well, so he tried to show his love through extravagant gestures.

    And though not the most expensive thing he ever did, I can never forget him surprising me with that first car. Done in his typical off-hand, throw-away style, without any prompting from me: "Robert, let's go shop for cars for you today, your birthday is coming up, you've gotta have a car to drive." "Oh, yeah, well, OK Dad, yeah, sure." I actually even got him into a Triumph sports car dealership, I wanted a TR4 so badly, but he decided a sports car, or any convertible, would get me killed. Oh, well, you can't have everything.
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    Jun 21, 2013 11:46 AM GMT
    rnch saidI paid for my first car with my savings from three years of throwing a paper route.


    Haha...I did too. Well paper route, Arby's and TCBY and Blockbuster...since I started the paper route by age 11 and ended up and Blockbuster by 16. Honda Civic, payment $175 per month. My dad helped negotiate price. ;)
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    Jun 21, 2013 11:47 AM GMT
    both: i got the family car when they bought a new one - i loved it, honda accord.

    my bro got a condo for his grad (he's the first son). i got nothing and i was pissed for a long time!

    but i realised that the comparison was too simplistic. over the years, my parents got me a lot of other things which were more valuable: computers, and they funded me fully for two university degrees in big cities (where my family didn't live). my brother wasn't as academically accomplished.
  • bmw0

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    Jun 21, 2013 11:49 AM GMT
    Both siblings got free cars. I was handed the payment book to my moms old work car, a 1991 cherry red Ford Tempo. So i had to pay 200 a month for it.. until i traded it in on my 94 Eddie Bauer Explorer. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 21, 2013 11:51 AM GMT
    Paid for my Jeep with my hard-earned money. However my parents are in the process of selling their truck to buy a car for my younger sister.
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    Jun 21, 2013 12:14 PM GMT
    Yes, from my sister for a couple hundred. My dad paid to have the transmission fixed, though.
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    Jun 21, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    Yes. it was the old family car and I had to pay them for it, plus it needed repairs, which I paid for and fixed myself!

    Family was big on self-reliance. No one in my immediate family (or even cousins)was given a car for free.

    Wonder now why I detest freeloaders so much?


    PS: Whenever I hear a squeal of tires from a young driver burning out, I immediately know two things:
    1) he doesn't pay for his own tires
    2) he doesn't pay his own insurance or gas icon_lol.gif


    EDIT: 3) he didn't buy the car he's in!icon_rolleyes.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 21, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    It was purchased for me... but I worked my ass off at home and worked it off. I never thought otherwise.
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    Jun 21, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    I just took my moms car and told her its my birthday gift, lol... I ended up buying her another car a year later...icon_surprised.gif
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    Jun 21, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Yes. it was the old family car and I had to pay them for it, plus it needed repairs, which I paid for and fixed myself!

    Family was big on self-reliance. No one in my immediate family (or even cousins)was given a car for free.

    Wonder now why I detest freeloaders so much?

    Please define freeloaders. If you sit down to dinner in your parents' house, and they provide the food, are you a freeloader if you don't pay them for it? If a family member gives you a lift in their car, are you a freeloader if you don't give them money like you would a taxi driver?

    What families give their own members is proportionate to their wealth. The more wealthy give cars, a college education, and even houses. The less affluent give more modest gifts within their means. Which is freeloading?

    And BTW, while my parents gave me my first car, they never gave me an allowance, not ever in my life. Did YOU ever get an allowance? I never got so much as a quarter.

    They believed I'd become too spoiled if money was just handed to me, and I wouldn't understand its value. They might buy me extravagant gifts, but of their choosing, not mine, send me to private schools, outfit me in custom-made clothes, but of actual money I saw nothing.

    Any money I had when living at home came from only 1 source - in cards from relatives, at Christmas, my birthday, and rarely at other holidays like Easter. But not a dime from my parents. Even when I got my first car I had to count my pennies to put gas in it, my parents still giving me no money for that purpose, that was my own responsibility.

    And so I got my first after-school job at 15, and later used my birthday car to get a better-paying after-school job, and bought my first motorcycle shortly afterwards, cash, with my own money.

    And yet, when I joined the Army, initially making all of $97 USD a month as a Private, my Father insisted I take his gas credit cards, so I could afford to drive the car he had given me, without me asking him for that help. This is what family does, and it's not freeloading in my book.