Should children get a car when they turn 16, and if so, should their parents pay for them?
If your child is responsible enough to own a car, then you should help him or her in owning one; however, turning 16 is not just a right of passage for owning a car. You have to make sure your child is responsible enough to drive, and you have to make sure you can trust your child behind the wheel of a car.
With that said, it is unrealistic for a teenager to make enough money to buy a car. It is ridiculous seeing kids our age drive around in cars more expensive than what many parents drive. If you start your kid out in a $45,000 or $50,000 luxury car, then what do they have to look forward to?
A car for a 16-year-old should be simple. It should be cheap, it should be functional, and it should be reasonable. Kids will make mistakes, trust us – we know. Don’t compound the inevitable. Giving a kid an 8-cylinder BMW is a mistake.
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