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Old 08-15-2005, 11:55 PM   #11
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Ya thus is life, I work 40+ hours per week in the summer and have a 18 credit school schedule, and the Bonne was Given to me, but look at like this its a 93 and it would have been better than buying a car


...and my best friend just got his 05 C Class
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:05 AM   #12
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I was given my first car. My parents bought it from my older sister for $600. They got ripped off. Drive/Shop time was rediculous. I wrote a check for my SSE 3 years later.
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When my parents second car died ( I was driving it at the time, but it was a high mileage car), I told them that I would buy the next car and they had their minivan. Since at the time they didn't really need a second vehicle except for me and my brother if we needed it. He had moved away for school, so it was only me left.

My first car was a 1992 4 door sunbird LS, no not the 3.1L had the little 2.0L, it was gutless but hell it was mine. Then moved up to a 1994 Ford Ranger XLT ext cab, 4x4 4.0L and had the 5-speed( I kinda miss the truck but not all the repairs on it, hey it was a ford and lived up to that name). I found a 1969 GMC pickup( just a couple weeks ago I sent it to the junkyard in the sky) that I also bought when I had my other truck, I added to that a 1970 Dodge Fargo Power wagon. Then to a 1990 Olds Cutlass Supreme SL, then I got my Bonneville SSE at an auction, and then traded the Cutlass for my 2003 Malibu LS.
Just realized that pretty much all my vehicles ( except the 2 old ones) are higher model cars, Malibu is the fully loaded version, Bonneville is the same , cutlass was the same, and the Sundird was close.

None of which my parents paid for or even helped pay for. I and Renée are similar when it comes to money, if we want something we will find the money ( work for it) to buy it, we don't' like asking for any $$$ form anyone, even when we moved, we usually did that by ourselves. When we sold our house we had 2 weeks to move, we both worked 12 hours a day, so on the last day we did our 12 hours then moved all night, at around 4:30 or so it started to rain a bit so we both slept on the floor with no pillows or anything, just had to get a few minutes sleep, then finished the move.



SO long story short, I feel where you are coming from, I work for what I have and I know people that can't say that. Oh yeah there is one exception to this, my parents did buy me a boat for my B-day this year, mostly because when work needs to get done I still help them and I don't have much $$$ to buy it.
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Old 08-16-2005, 10:08 AM   #14
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Unfortunately, it'* just a sad fact of life. You got us blue collar types bustin' our butts on a daily basis to maintain what we got, and then there'* "them"....

The nice thing is when you get to see one of "them" fall victim to thier own stupidity. Like when I was in high school. The stereotypical rich boy jock just got a brand new Trans Am for his birthday or whatever. All the rich kids would meet at one parking lot each afternoon and power brake the muscle machines that Mommy and Daddy bought 'em. Well, Richboy Superjock, when it was his turn, kinda overdid it a tad. Blew both rear tires and destroyed the rims in the process...

Gave us "freaks" (the poor rocker kids) a great laugh and a feeling of satisfaction, even though we had nothing to do with it....

Aaahhhhhh, good times......
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Yeah, I'm still living at home (somewhat of a given as I'm still a full time student, rawwwwwwwwwwr)... not going to let my parents pay for anything automotive for me. Hence me not having a car of my own and relying on public transit

Soon enough, soon enough. Got a kickin' $2500 scholarship so that might free up some funds.
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I got my first car when I was 15, it cost $400. A Pontiac Ventura. It needed some brake work done and a few minor things but my dad agreed that I would pay 1/2 of the cost so that I would take better care of it. I couldn't drive it until I got my license when I turned 16 but as soon as I did that car was sitting there ready to take me to freedom It was a great first car and I had it until I was 17 when my (then fiance- my son'* dad) wrecked it on me.
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Kids getting handed things by there parents will happen. Just deal with it! Whether you like it or not, most every parent wants whats best for their kid and some can't resist giving them the "car of their dreams" or the money to make it happen. Some of these kids grow up to be brats, others grow up to be just fine-I would know, I graduated with a class full of them. I bought the Grand Am, out right-with my own cash and the Bonneville was mine as a hand me down (but, at a price-just a really good one), but its not worth my time to go around resenting the people that I've known and grown up with that had a BMW waiting for them on their Sweet Sixteen. I've learned from the hard work I've put into maintain a job (sometimes two), but these so called "cake eatters" are just taking the advantages that are given to them-something we all do.
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My parents never gave me dime towards buying the car but they did pay for insurance for about 6 months until I got steady income. NOT like they were poor, 3 houses and 48 foot boat, so they are far from starvin. And yeah I am still paying off $8K in loans for school. Somehow it seems that a lot of "rich kids" in highschool/college have turned into tweakers and crackheads, and still never had their own job.
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Quote:
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it seems that a lot of "rich kids" in highschool/college have turned into tweakers and crackheads, and still never had their own job.
Or the tweaker/dealer combo. And that is how they become financially independant from their parents. Instead of their parents giving them money, they sell dope to buy the GMC Envoy'*.

But my sister has a point, you can't stereotype them all. I know a lot of hard working people that have rich parents. And if it were offered to you, you would be lying if you said you wouldn't take a BMW for free on your 16th.
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My gramma offered to buy me any car I wanted (at the time, a Vette) if I went to college for Petroleum Engineering. But, I was young and stupid, decided I didn't want to go to any more school, or work in the oil industry (she owns/owned Holloway oil down in Texas) so I turned her down....

And look at me now......
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