Originally Posted by katiemae1277
I don't think someone should be able to get their license until they have the means to make a payment on the car and pay for insurance, gas, repairs, etc. A parent giving their child a car does not give them any respect for the car and so therefore they will not do everything in their power to prevent it getting messed up. I bought my car 4 months before i actually got my license, which was at age 17, and I had to pay for my insurance and everything. So whether that's at 16, 18, or 30, you shouldn't be able to drive until you can handle the expense of driving
At first I wanted to agree with this because I think it would teach people to be more responsible.
But on second thought... I really can't.
When I got my license, I got my mom's old car. It was nothing special and had about a trillion miles on it, but it got me around. And you can bet I respected that car! If anything happened to it I would have no way to get to work or school.
At that age, there was no way I could make car payments, etc.. and the only way I could get a job to pay for car payments was to have a car. Public transportation was nonexistent in my area and there were no places I could apply to within walking/biking distance. Also add in that car insurance for someone under 25 in NY ran about $2500/year at that time... there's just no way.
So yes, it sounds good in theory... but when it comes down to it many people need a car to get to work so they can afford a car... and then figure that very few 17/18 year olds are making more than minimum wage (which I think back then for me was like... $4.00/hr? ish?), I don't see how getting a little help from your parents does any harm. The deal was I paid for gas and repairs, and my mom helped me out with the $200+/month insurance bill.
Now... should a parent hand a 16 year old a brand new Mercedes and pay for everything right off the bat? No. That's where I agree with you. But to expect someone young who is trying to break into the working world to be able to afford a car right off the bat is a little much, IMO.