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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RoscoeElegante, Jul 6, 2020.
Son, I'll get you that Mustang you love... if you change your name to Sally....
I didn't see old Camry or bicycle as options. Those worked out really well here, and for two others in the neighborhood. Others I know replaced Camry with Accord, Civic or Corolla.
I changed the thread title to emphasize that I mean the car Mustang, not the guitar Mustang.....
I gave my 16 year old a Nissan Minivan. No way would I have given him a Mustang.
old crappy car....mine is currently driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty w/180K.
Every young man should drive a crap car for a couple years....builds character and makes them appreciate a decent ride when they get it.
Throw in a decent Kyak and a roof rack....he'll be good to go.
Straight "A"s and half a Mustang. If he can work and make enough money, then he really wants it, otherwise he gets a beat up truck that half a Mustang is worth. A good kid, he gets a Kayak next year. Tough love perhaps, but he'll have more pride and feel for success.
Not to deviate too far from the options offered, but I would like to mention that I got my first street motorcycle when I was 16-years-old.
Mom and my older brother were livid, but Dad thought it was cool and used to ride it sometimes.
The Kayak will last longer than the car.
Get him the car.
Kayaks are for nerds.
Me too, Steerforth..I rode 250 trail bikes for 3 yrs before I bought a cheap car...
I soon paid dad back for the few hundred he helped me with for one bike when I started working soon after....
@RoscoeElegante , my oldest son wanted the car. In his case, in 1999, the car was a Mitsubishi 3000GT. That was out of my price range considering that he was headed to University of Rochester for more than $40K each year for four years. He had a grandfather. He got the car. Used, a 1995 SL. Was that crazy? We thought so but the car lasted half his senior year, four years in the frozen salty north, and four more years at Texas A&M until it reached the time where fixing it would cost more than the car was worth. He prevailed upon my wife to advance his graduation present, a BMW. He finished his PhD ahead of schedule and landed a job more appropriate for someone with the degree and five years experience. I hope your son gets the car and I hope he makes you as proud as my son made my wife and me.
My almost 24 year old, independent, self sufficient and supporting grandson would certainly disagree. (I assume your "kayaks are for nerds" comment was completely facetious) He actually makes his living managing a kayak and paddle board rental facility......and then on his time off goes kayaking and kayak fishing for pleasure. He's Red Cross certified in life saving and water rescue.....although if by "nerd" you mean super-intelligent.....he's definitely that, too. Just a couple days ago he had customers out on the river when a thunder and lightning storm came up unexpectedly......he had to go out on the water and locate and bring everyone in. He's such a nice kid, if you call him a nerd to his face he would probably help you find and pick up all your teeth he knocks out.
One other consideration re: the car - insurance costs. As an ex-agent, the cost for adding 16 yr old driver is bad enough, let alone the additional amount added for a performance car. Kayak is a far better choice.
If it’s got to be a car, get him something safe. When I was a teenager, myself and every friend of mine was involved in at least some kind of accident. It’s honestly a miracle none of us was killed... the worst result was a wired shut jaw.
So, again... safety first!
How would he get the kayak to the water?
At first I thought Mustang, but changed my mind. Go with the kayak.
Encourage and empower his outdoorsiness.
Driving an uncool car as a teen is a right of passage. Let him work up to the Stang or whatever else he wants as an adult.
An '80s Fox Body.
I agree that kayaks are nerdy in a way. After all, all you do is sit in a cavity! Been there done that.
Get him a stand up paddleboard! It takes more skill than a kayak, and it is actually better exercise, because you can work your core.
But I still recommend the pickup truck, so he can go without worrying about a lot of straps.
Kayak is very dangerous if you dont take care, young people think death is for old people.
Mustangs like slip when you push hard (young boys like this too)
A good AWD sport car i think is lot better.
Like a 69 fastback or a 92 5.0?
what kinda kayak? A big river runner, play boat, sea kayak???
cars can get ya into hood and bad trouble...I wish my dad had the patience to teach me how to REALLY drive, didn’t really learn how to drive a car well until I found an empty parking lot full of fresh snow...