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We have 2 teenagers getting ready to get their licenses and my neighbor's 94 year old mother is selling her car. Its 15 years old but it only has 56,000 miles on it. Its a Ford Contour. She's the sole owner and she has maintained this car perfectly. Guess what she's asking. Only $1500.00! Ok now I think thats a steal. Thats $750.00 per kid, but he doesn't want to buy it. Says its too old. I don't get it. This damn car is in perfect shape! Grrrrr!
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Does he have to be the one to buy it? Can you talk to your neighbor and explain that you'd really like it for your kids and see if she'd work out some monthly payments with you? If you could swing $115 per month that would be roughly a year to have it paid off.
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Maybe he can't afford it or wants to spend money on something else, and he's just making excuses.
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Maybe it's not about the money, but he believes as a parenting decision that teens should not own their own car or should not have one purchased for them if they do. I can respect that - I sort of feel that way too (except I guess for families who live in remote areas without public transit or available relatives.)
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Maybe it's not about the money, but he believes as a parenting decision that teens should not own their own car or should not have one purchased for them if they do. I can respect that - I sort of feel that way too (except I guess for families who live in remote areas without public transit or available relatives.)
Originally Posted by Amneris
None of the above. He's old school and he thinks its going to cost thousands and thousands to keep it running because it is old, no matter how well it has been maintained. And Omg if they break down, what will they do? Ever heard of a cell phone? My husband is pretty good at basic maintenance and repair btw so thats really no excuse. He definitely has the money, but his MAIN issue is, and he will never admit it, is he cannot let go. He wants them to stay babies living in his basement until they are 47. Drives me insane.
I would hesitate to buy a car that old for teenagers also. The car likely doesn't have anti-lock brakes and airbags...important safety innovations that weren't standard on all cars that long ago. Plus, old cars are more likely to have higher repair bills, even if they have low mileage. The seals and gaskets get dried up and fail. New teen drivers push cars to their limit...I prefer them to drive newer used cars with more safety features.
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My first car in the US was an old, low mileage car. It did quite well, and I resold it for a good price later. It was garage stored, and nothing was worn or dried out. I kept it for five years before wanting something newer.
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Can't you buy it? Or what about your kids? do they have jobs? Can't they help buy it?
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Do the kids want the car? If they want the car, can they work towards getting it if they don't have jobs, like doing extra things around the house. Also something to consider, can it be retrofitted to accommodate a stereo system that allows a plug-in to MP3 player or iPod/iPhone/Android phone? Teens must have their music.

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Do the kids want the car? If they want the car, can they work towards getting it if they don't have jobs, like doing extra things around the house. Also something to consider, can it be retrofitted to accommodate a stereo system that allows a plug-in to MP3 player or iPod/iPhone/Android phone? Teens must have their music.
Originally Posted by juanab
Not sure if it does but if it has a cassette player they can run their ipods through the radio. Thats what I do.
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I would hesitate to buy a car that old for teenagers also. The car likely doesn't have anti-lock brakes and airbags...important safety innovations that weren't standard on all cars that long ago. Plus, old cars are more likely to have higher repair bills, even if they have low mileage. The seals and gaskets get dried up and fail. New teen drivers push cars to their limit...I prefer them to drive newer used cars with more safety features.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
It's only 15 years old but you can always look up the features that it has and check to see how many of that model are still around and still in working order. See what manufacturing recalls or problems the car has had. Sometimes an older, inexpensive cars are worth investing some money or upkeep in because it's cheaper than a newer car and can cost you less in the long run.
I would hesitate to buy a car that old for teenagers also. The car likely doesn't have anti-lock brakes and airbags...important safety innovations that weren't standard on all cars that long ago. Plus, old cars are more likely to have higher repair bills, even if they have low mileage. The seals and gaskets get dried up and fail. New teen drivers push cars to their limit...I prefer them to drive newer used cars with more safety features.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
It's only 15 years old but you can always look up the features that it has and check to see how many of that model are still around and still in working order. See what manufacturing recalls or problems the car has had. Sometimes an older, inexpensive cars are worth investing some money or upkeep in because it's cheaper than a newer car and can cost you less in the long run.
Originally Posted by Speckla
I absolutely agree with that. Not to mention the cost of insurance will be considerably less.
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We have 2 teenagers getting ready to get their licenses and my neighbor's 94 year old mother is selling her car. Its 15 years old but it only has 56,000 miles on it. Its a Ford Contour. She's the sole owner and she has maintained this car perfectly. Guess what she's asking. Only $1500.00! Ok now I think thats a steal. Thats $750.00 per kid, but he doesn't want to buy it. Says its too old. I don't get it. This damn car is in perfect shape! Grrrrr!
Originally Posted by poisonivy
Does she have the maintenance records? When is the last time the car has been driven? That can make a difference on what shape the seals on the engine are in. They tend to dry out or rot if not used often. If you do decide to buy the car yourself make sure to have a mechanic check it out first.

Are you opposed to having your teens work to help share the cost of the car? How to you plan on upkeep, insurance?

http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_re.../ford/contour/
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Last edited by Speckla; 10-13-2012 at 12:21 PM.
We have 2 teenagers getting ready to get their licenses and my neighbor's 94 year old mother is selling her car. Its 15 years old but it only has 56,000 miles on it. Its a Ford Contour. She's the sole owner and she has maintained this car perfectly. Guess what she's asking. Only $1500.00! Ok now I think thats a steal. Thats $750.00 per kid, but he doesn't want to buy it. Says its too old. I don't get it. This damn car is in perfect shape! Grrrrr!
Originally Posted by poisonivy
Does she have the maintenance records? When is the last time the car has been driven? That can make a difference on what shape the seals on the engine are in. They tend to drive out or rot if not used often. If you do decide to buy the car yourself make sure to have a mechanic check it out first.

Are you opposed to having your teens work to help share the cost of the car? How to you plan on upkeep, insurance?

http://www.automobilemag.com/auto_re.../ford/contour/
Originally Posted by Speckla
Good points, especially since they are teen male drivers, insurance is highest for them.

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We have 2 teenagers getting ready to get their licenses and my neighbor's 94 year old mother is selling her car. Its 15 years old but it only has 56,000 miles on it. Its a Ford Contour. She's the sole owner and she has maintained this car perfectly. Guess what she's asking. Only $1500.00! Ok now I think thats a steal. Thats $750.00 per kid, but he doesn't want to buy it. Says its too old. I don't get it. This damn car is in perfect shape! Grrrrr!
Originally Posted by poisonivy
Does she have the maintenance records? When is the last time the car has been driven? That can make a difference on what shape the seals on the engine are in. They tend to dry out or rot if not used often. If you do decide to buy the car yourself make sure to have a mechanic check it out first.

Are you opposed to having your teens work to help share the cost of the car? How to you plan on upkeep, insurance?

Ford Contour Recalls, Safety Notices, & Car Defects - Automobile Magazine
Originally Posted by Speckla
She has every record of every penny she has spent on this car. She drives it at least twice a week every week to the grocery store and to church. She's too old to be driving for cryin out loud. The boys plan on getting summer jobs to help pay for insurance and gas. During the school year I want them concentrating on school. They both take a heavy load.
My first car was 14 years old. No power steering, no ABS brakes, manual transmission. I didn't even know how to drive it; my dad said "well if you wanna get somewhere you'll figure it out wont you?" I did. Lol.

They bought me my first car and then said if you want something newer, you'll buy it yourself. I appreciated it and drove that car until I could afford to make monthly payments on my own newer (used) car.

I say if you can afford it, get them the car anyways.
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My first car was 14 years old. No power steering, no ABS brakes, manual transmission. I didn't even know how to drive it; my dad said "well if you wanna get somewhere you'll figure it out wont you?" I did. Lol.

They bought me my first car and then said if you want something newer, you'll buy it yourself. I appreciated it and drove that car until I could afford to make monthly payments on my own newer (used) car.

I say if you can afford it, get them the car anyways.
Originally Posted by Narnia
Damn straight. You should have seen some of the cars we drove. We all survived.
Well, it seems like you've made up your mind that you want the car. So it comes down to that your ex won't buy it.

So now your options are:

(1) Buy the car yourself
(2) Don't buy the car and continue to be pissed at your ex.

If you can't financially swing it, how are you going to afford insurance and gas if your kids aren't going to get jobs until 8 months from now?
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Well, it seems like you've made up your mind that you want the car. So it comes down to that your ex won't buy it.

So now your options are:

(1) Buy the car yourself
(2) Don't buy the car and continue to be pissed at your ex.

If you can't financially swing it, how are you going to afford insurance and gas if your kids aren't going to get jobs until 8 months from now?
Originally Posted by Springcurl
We can swing it its just that he has always said he would buy them their first cars and pay for their insurance. When it comes down to it now that its time, I think he's too scared.

My brother and I drove one of these for years. Anybody know the history of this car? Crazy unsafe.
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