So my oldest son is getting his license. He's a really good kid who gets good grades, participates in a few clubs at school and plays sports. When I was a kid his age I bought my own first car. My dad helped me out by making my first month's insurance payment and paying for my plates (or tags as they call them in Maryland). I think I paid $1000 for my first ride (a sweet 1977 BMW 320is that had come from southern California). I loved that car and have a lot of great memories surrounding it. These days cars are expensive. My son has been working every weekend since he turned 15 at a diner some of my wife's relatives own and he also works the odd day off or school vacation day. He has about $4000 he has saved and my wife and I have seen him not spend money on things his friends have been doing to build his car fund. My main concern is safety. My wife and I don't want him to get something so fast that he'll hurt himself or others and we don't want him in something that's going to break down, either. Where I grew up it was cool to have any kind of car and breaking down/driving an old car was just kind of the way it was when you were a kid. I drive him to school sometimes and the kids there are driving better cars than the adults drive where I grew up. My wife and I have always tried not to spoil our kids, but there is kind of a line between spoiling them and not letting them fall so far behind what all of the other kids have. Does anyone have any suggestions for good reliable cars in maybe the $10,000 range? I'm hoping to maybe get him something like a used Honda Accord or something. I figure if we kick in a little extra he can be safe and will have something to last him until he goes to college.