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    DH and I are going to buy a car for our seventeen year old niece this summer. She graduates HS next year We have't bought a car for a teen in years. No sport car. I cringe when I see those tiny cars, they get crushed like a tin can in a fender bender. She isn't choosy at all but likes the new Volkswagon and Honda. I have been looking online at cars but of course they all claim to be the best ever. What car would you or have you bought for a teen?

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    I would never buy a new car for a teenager. Go for an older Volvo - they don't get much more solid than that.

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    As a teen my DD had a Ford Tauras because of the safety rating and the price (it was used). She traded it to my folks for a little 2 door Saturn that made many trips to college across state and all over. I worried about her in that car. Last summer she bought a 2009 Subaru Impreza. Said she needs a 4 door to haul her friends-true. Great gas mileage, great safety ratings and it has airbags everywhere. Oh-and the all wheel drive-she didn't have to chain-up to come visit us this winter. Although she is the champ at putting on chains-challenged her dad and gramps to a contest! LOL

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    well it depends on the teen....our oldest dd bless her heart is a careless driver. She's 22 and had 6 wrecks.....two of them I just found out about. Next dd is 20 and no wrecks...oldest dd is borrowing our vehicle right now. A 94 1 ton crew cab truck...that's after totalling a 98 chevy van we had just bought. I hopefully will be getting a new to me truck this week....guess who is NOT driving it? She can stay in the 94 truck or buy her own!

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    In 2002 we bought Honda Civics for our twin daughters. One is still driving hers and has never had any problems with it. The other was broadsided on the driver's side by a Lexus SUV who ran a red light. She walked away with no injuries other than bruises and cuts from the glass which shattered when hit. She now is driving another Civic and couldn't be happier with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    DH and I are going to buy a car for our seventeen year old niece this summer. She graduates HS next year We have't bought a car for a teen in years. No sport car. I cringe when I see those tiny cars, they get crushed like a tin can in a fender bender. She isn't choosy at all but likes the new Volkswagon and Honda. I have been looking online at cars but of course they all claim to be the best ever. What car would you or have you bought for a teen?
    I bought my two older kids their first cars. They were used vehicles and when I handed then the keys. I told them they were responsible for the extra in the insurance and maintenance as well as tags and I was to be paid in full the price I put down for the car. Also in the bargain was this.......
    If they got a ticket, the car keys were to be given to me until the ticket was settled. If they got another one, the car was mine. And if it was totaled the insurance check was mine to repay any balance owed.

    Worked like a champ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akrogirl
    I would never buy a new car for a teenager. Go for an older Volvo - they don't get much more solid than that.
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    As a 28 year plus hospital volunteer, I've seen many teens brought in through ER due to car wrecks. Our own kids we made
    help pay for their cars, insurance and repairs. They are all now solid citizens. One sister's kids who got everything handed to them are not quite the kind the rest of us would ever, ever lend a car key to!!
    I'm with akrogirl, an older Volvo is solid. When we had our older car towed, the tow truck driver said that he had a Volvo for his wife to drive, because in his experience they held up better in wrecks.
    In the last couple of weeks, we had two lovely young college girls killed in a car crash. No one hinted that they were talking on cell phones or texting, but teens are terrible about doing that!!

    If you are determined to spend all that money on a niece, why not get the older car and put the rest into some college money for her? And suggest nicely that she get a job to pay insurance and maintenance? It'll make her grow up faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    DH and I are going to buy a car for our seventeen year old niece this summer. She graduates HS next year We have't bought a car for a teen in years. No sport car. I cringe when I see those tiny cars, they get crushed like a tin can in a fender bender. She isn't choosy at all but likes the new Volkswagon and Honda. I have been looking online at cars but of course they all claim to be the best ever. What car would you or have you bought for a teen?
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    If not a Volvo, then check out Consumer Reports.

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    I have a Subaru and they are the top rated for safety. THey hold theris value very well too.

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    I have a Honda Fit and it is an amazing car. I get 38 mpg around town 42 highway. The best I got was 52. I was alone, no air conditioner and driving the speed limit :)

    It holds everything I have ever tried to fit into it. It has an extremely high crash test rating. It is cuter than heck, reasonably priced and very fun to drive. I just can't say enough good things about it!!

    I included photos. I have this one in this color.

    Let us know what you end up buying her.
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    I would buy a Honda. My DH used to be a mechanic and thinks they are still the best car out there. I have a 95 Accord. He had it apart to service last month and says the engine looks like it has about 10,000 miles on it. Really has almost 175K and still runs like 10K. I plan to get a newer car when this one falls apart but at this rate I will probably fall apart first.LOL :-)

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    WOW, I gan't imagine getting a new car as a gift. I got my first new car ever 2 years ago at age 45. My brother bought his son a new car it was a honda he was later in a pretty bad wreck, Jake came out without a scracth, he raved about the saftey features.
    I have never bought a car for a teen, my sons had the family old reliable to drive to work till they saved up enough to buy their own car/truck with cash....I am proud to say my youngest son saved up 10 grand and bought his first "good truck" cash paid in full. it is his third truck and first really nice one and he is so proud.

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    My son was the only one of the kids that got a car my DH fixed it all up but son had to pay for windshild and breaks plus ins and tags on his own. The first time he took it to school he backed into an other student, he paid out of his pocket for the repairs. He learned a good lesson with it he now drives a tractortrailer sp? and has a clean record. he drives slower than I do says I am a speed deamon,I don't go over the speed limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Quote Originally Posted by akrogirl
    I would never buy a new car for a teenager. Go for an older Volvo - they don't get much more solid than that.
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    If you are determined to spend all that money on a niece, why not get the older car and put the rest into some college money for her? And suggest nicely that she get a job to pay insurance and maintenance? It'll make her grow up faster.
    The car won't be brand spanking new off the show room floor (We would never by a brand new car, too much money lost for the new) but no older then two years. Her college money is taken care of so she won't have to work and go to school too. She will be interning during the summer for no pay but good experience and will need a car of her own. She has an after school job now and works on weekends but that's her choice. She as no parents, she lives with us. And I don't want to be a chauffeur or carless all summer. DH says the Honda seems like the best choice. He was thinking of an Impala but I said no that's too old for her. She's young and needs to feel young while she can. Thanks for the Volvo info. We do have a dealer not to far away.

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    i would say dont buy her a new car by her an older ford and have her pay all insurance repaires and gas. my brother and i had to pay for our first vehcles and we became fairly responible drivers. my dad bought my sister a car and she dident take care of it and blew it up cause she never checked the oil on it even after my husband and brother told her the car had an oil leak and she should check it and top it up every week or two. i think giving kids to much stuff for free is giving them a false impresion on life. Im not going to give my kids a car or pay there whole college bill. I finished college almost five years ago and to many off my freinds wasted there time partying and drinking (there parents gave them a free ride) the students who actualy got an education where the older ones who payed for there education themseves. sorry this is so long i'll get off my soap box now.

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    If you're going to be buying a newish car from a dealer soon, you may want to get on it. The tragedy in Japan is supposedly affecting any Japanese imports and parts. So, prices are on the rise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    DH and I are going to buy a car for our seventeen year old niece this summer. She graduates HS next year We have't bought a car for a teen in years. No sport car. I cringe when I see those tiny cars, they get crushed like a tin can in a fender bender. She isn't choosy at all but likes the new Volkswagon and Honda. I have been looking online at cars but of course they all claim to be the best ever. What car would you or have you bought for a teen?
    My son just bought for his wife a 2009 certifed Toyota Crolla. My sons one of the best for resercing whats best/cost verses quality, before he buys!(As a fact Hes been told more than Once when shopping for a car that they would hire him.(Because he can make you think the skys green!) Take some info with you off the web when you shop!
    :lol: 8-)PS this car has a 100,000 drive trane warrenty

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    I would probably look at a Civic or a Corolla, depending on how much you want to spend. Even a used one would last quite a while.

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    I had a 03' Honda Accord that one of my children borrowed and totaled. But not a scratch on my child and that's what is important. :thumbup:

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    I asked my brother the same question for a car for my daughter and he said Honda hands down. So we are currently looking for a used Civic for her.

    Kudos to you for raising her!

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    Why not call your insurance agent and get his recommendations for a safe car? I am sure they get statistics about car crash safety and the vehicles that hold up. Better to receive some good information..than regret the decision later.

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    We bought our daughters an old Honda with a stick shift. That way they learned to drive a stick. They both had fender benders in the car, nothing serious. When my oldest graduated from High School we bought her a new car and gave my youngest daughter the Honda. We bought her a new car when she graduated from HS too. Then we sold the old Honda for exactly what we paid for it 4 years earlier. It was the perfect car for them to learn how to drive in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emmah
    Why not call your insurance agent and get his recommendations for a safe car? I am sure they get statistics about car crash safety and the vehicles that hold up. Better to receive some good information..than regret the decision later.
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    What a clever idea, I NEVER thought of doing that.

    Ask your insurance agent!!!

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    I would never buy a car for a teen ager. They need to get a job after graduation and buy their own. And they will appreciate it more.
    The way the economy is now days. People without jobs.
    Who can afford one.

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    Well upon graduating from High School we had promised a new car if she adhered to our rules during HS years. No drinking, smoking, choosing the right friends, stay involved with school activities, never lie to us, and that if there were ever a slip in her life she could call us and we would be there, no questions asked. So we made time to take her car shopping. To our surprize, she opted to take my old 98 camry and tol me to get a new car. She drove that camry throughout college, and through 2 years of work. We now have that 13yr old camry in our drive as an emergency car, Needs wok but reliable in any case. She saved $$ and bought a 2011 ruby red camry. YOU GO GIRL!

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