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My Idiot Son

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Scotty. I have an 18 year old that already has 3 speeding tickets.  We are looking at a $1500 1999 Honda Accord 3.0L V6.  It started right up and drove pretty well.  I got on like crazy during my test drive. Couple rough shifts during my test drive.  I am actually not worried about the engine, it is the tranny.  He works less than 10 expressway miles from our home and getting stranded would not be a big deal. Is it worth the gamble?

 

I wish it was the 2.3L manual

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If he's hard on vehicles, it probably wont last long. Time for a bicycle! 😆 

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If he's that reckless with speeding you need to get him something with less power in order to avoid temptation.

Yes. A Yugo with 45hp should work.

Better yet, the 25 raging ponies in one of these old Subarus:

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As others have said. It's not the cars that are the problem here lol. Does he know that he could get his license revoked if he is too reckless? At 18 the rates won't go down even a smidgen due to the rate of teenage accidents, your son being close to one of that statistic if he continues to drive recklessly.  probably wouldn't even lower until he's 21 as tickets are 3 years for insurance purposes but 5-10 years on record depending on the infraction. 

My suggestion is to get him to go buy his own insurance if not the very least for him to buy something for his own since he does have a job. Instead of spending all the money he earns on videogames and whatnot that teens spend on. If he buys his own car then maybe he will understand what a loss it will be to no longer be able to rely on you for a mode of transportation.

 

 

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Do not buy that car. Honda's reliability goes back and forth and if you're worried about the transmission then don't buy it.

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You do not have a car problem.  You have a son problem.  Why doesn't he go and buy his own car and insurance?  How about some lessons in responsibility and being a grown up?

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This is a serious situation. He has 3 tickets because he's been caught 3 times. How many more times was he driving wreckless with a 4000 pound vehicle and not getting busted?  Be thankful he hasn't hurt or killed himself or anyone else yet and you can be sued for everything you own.  I vote he gets no car until his attitude changes. He shouldn't get behind any wheel for a while.

I agree but he is 18 so it will fall upon him for the charges.

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march him down to the nearest marine corps recruiter and make him sign up and man up!

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Well I’d get em a moped rather cheap and rather slow so he shouldn’t get another ticket, but as for the car i don’t know man Id get a pre purchase inspection if you can but heck it’s 1500 bucks an Accords are decent vehicles 

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tell him to walk

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If you buy him a car given the number of tickets he has received, it is not your son that is the idiot... just sayin'

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Get him a Corolla. 

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He does pay his share of the insurance cost.  He was in a Honda Odyssey for the tickets. Hoping having him tied to a beater might help our rates.

"Hoping having him tied to a beater might help our rates."

You can probably get a quote from your insurance company to see whether it would help your rates.

But I don't think that him driving a beater will reduce your rates. When you're paying insurance for teens, the insurance expense is not for the insurance to protect the teen's car; it's to protect the cars of other people your teen will hit.

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Buy him a BMW Isetta, Trabant, Yugo LOL

 

Or you can buy this weird car:

 

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get him an old small truck like an s10 or a ranger with a 4cyl engine in it but the money would be a loan from you and have him pay back.

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I'd say go out and buy him, or limit him to buying a 4x4 Ford Ranger from the late 90s and early 2000s with the 3.0L Vulcan V6. The 4x4s have a 4.10 rear end. That, combined with low truck transmission gearing makes them absolute dogs on top speed. It especially does if you get it with the 4-speed automatic. They seem to be electronically limited to 80-85 mph. The fastest I've ever gotten mine up to is 95, and that was pedal to the metal going down a long, steep highway hill. I was deliberately trying to see what speed I could hit. Plus, it's a truck, so there is a metal frame underneath to keep him safe, not just a sheet metal unibody.

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