WTB Car for my daughter… (16 Years - new driver)

Discussion in 'Classifieds' started by Jeff Dodd, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    That’s right, I am looking to purchase a vehicle for my daughter. A third vehicle that will likely tap any and all money from her Dad's fishing funds. If the vehicle comes with a fly rod, all the better! :D
    When asked what type of car she wants to drive, her answer was… "I don’t know, a Happy Car”. As her father, I took that to mean a reliable, safe vehicle between $3,000 – 5,000.
    I am not in a rush to buy, sometime between now and summer, but please send me a note if you know of a vehicle that fits this description that will be for sale in the near future.
    Thank you!

  2. TaylinLoop

    TaylinLoop Many fish coup

    Been there......good luck my friend. Wait until you find the perfect car, well maintained, low miles, mint condition and she says yuck that looks like a boy's car.....it's ugly.....ha!

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  3. South Fork

    South Fork Active Member

  4. yellowlab

    yellowlab Active Member

    You are really thinking you'll find a good used car on a fly fishing board? Most likely thrashed and tons of wash board back road miles. You should register on the knitting or macramé forums instead. Just sayin... ;)
  5. LD

    LD Active Member

    Good luck!!!!!!!! I am facing the same thing but still have a few years.
  6. Mark Yoshida

    Mark Yoshida Active Member

    Its possible to find.
    If my mother who is 88 and still driving her 97 Honda Accord with 60,000 miles becomes unable to drive, I will let you know. As of right now she is still putting around to the Dr and grocery store. Kinda scary tho.:eek:
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  7. Slate Run

    Slate Run Active Member

    Actually, looking for such a car on this site just might be brilliant. A good friend in Missoula has three kids, and when the oldest approached age 16, Paul went to the Chevy/GMC dealer and asked for a beater Suburban. He wanted one with body rust, mismatched body panels, and a few large dents and scratches. He said that when that Suburban came to a 4 way stop, no one would move -- the Suburban always had the right-of-way. Paul said that everyone in Missoula recognized it as "a car that wasn't afraid to take a lick!" All three kids drove it until they left for college.
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  8. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    six airbags, traction control, antilocks and underpowered. :)

    My 9 year old is already picking out her car. She wants a new Nissan Sentra. I said ok, she can have a new (2013) Nissan Sentra in 2023.
  9. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

    Go for the Honda best bet if you can find one sounds like Mark got you going in the right direction have a friend who put 300k on a civic plus they are pretty safe because kids use them as bumper cars. Only other thing to be aware is that a lot of cars are coming from the East that has been under water my friend removes dents from car,trucks starting to see more and more check under the carpet for mud & undercarriage if buying from a dealer been routing thru Canada coming here with a clean title instead salvage, there is still a shortage of used cars or should i say good ones just my 2 cents worth Jeff
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  10. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    That's the kind of mathematics already running through my head for our 5 1/2 yrs old. I'm try to drag a new purchase out for another year or two so it can be her first car when the time arrives.
  11. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    Thanks for all the ideas and encouragement and entertainment!

    Finding a car like Mark's Mother's is what every Dad in my shoes hopes for, but I hope she keeps her independence for as long as safe and possible!
  12. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    I feel your pain. Believe me, my sphincter still hasn't relaxed from my last training "ride" with my duaghter a couple days ago. Back when I took driver's ed we were in a parking lot for a few weeks before hitting the road. Here, they just hit the road first thing. Luckily the local casino has a big parking lot.

    My daughter's idea of a great first car started with those like you see on Sweet 16 on MTV....yeah right. It then was "downgraded" to a corvette...reality check in aisle 4 please. Her new fav now is a Mini Cooper.

    Tell you what...I'm thinking something with a lot of steel, maybe some dents, but a good runner but not until she gets a summer job.

    Anyone have a Plymouth Grand Fury or Ford LTD?
  13. yellowlab

    yellowlab Active Member

    Decommisioned police interceptor or Crown Victoria.
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  14. Something like this (this one is too far & too much$) or an earlier 140 series Amazon, should be able to find one for 3-5K in good shape; they'll run forever and are very safe, despite lack of airbags. http://bringatrailer.com/2013/04/23/original-paint-1979-volvo-240-4-speed-wagon/

    An alternative that's as safe and handles even better in snow/ice: http://bringatrailer.com/2012/11/13/1982-peugeot-505-s-turbodiesel/

    Or you could buy this and give her your driver :D. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1979...1?ViewItem=&item=251266010641&forcev4exp=true

    I think Yellowlab has a good idea, those Crown Vic's will get 20-25 mpg. Of course, your daughter will hate you.
  15. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

    when i was 16 i had to get a job, and had to buy my own car. i had to pay for insurance, and after gas, i didnt have any left for beer (hmmm...) my parents didnt give me much that i didnt need, but they certainly could have. it was a 14 year old 1968 plymouth wagon we called the millenium falcon. paid a few hundred for it. princess leah wouldnt have been seen in it, but there was room for 12 wookies, and yours truly. it could have survived a run in with the deathstar.
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  16. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

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  17. rwbailey05

    rwbailey05 GO COUGS

    Just recently sold my first car, 1992 Honda Accord. I bought it when i was 16 for $3,000 at a used car dealer, did everything in this thing! Sold it with 280,000 miles for $1600. Cant go wrong with the Honda for reliability. Put less money into that 1992 in the 10 yrs i owned it then i have in our 2007 Toyota 4Runner in a year!

    Good Luck with the driving daughter
  18. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

    How about a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ just 90,000 miles on it? Well cared for as it is my spouse's car -- and she's treats it better than the treats me!;) Seriously, the Jeep's body, interior and mechanical are all in great condition. But it is nearly 14 years old and she is looking for something new (most likely a new 2014 Grand Cherokee) so the old one might have to go.

  19. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    My first car was a '78 Toyota truck, 2wd, so yea, that sweet little truck Robert posted would be fun to own.

    I "knew" a girl with a Volvo wagon, so while I do like old Volvos, I don't plan to buy my daughter a wagon.

    Bailey those numbers about your first Honda pretty well sum it up. Not sure if the newer Honda cars will hold up to the reputation they have established, but they are great runners.
  20. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    Dan, thanks for the reply. I am interested and I will discuss this with my daughter over the weekend in case your wife decides to update her vehicle.