I think I mentioned to you guys that Joshua’s has a learner’s permit, and in a few months, he’ll graduate to an actual driver’s license.
So far, his driving practice has been in my van, which is working out fine. Once he gets his license and is driving by himself, though, Mr. FG and I didn’t really want him using the van.
For one thing, it’s a pretty new van, and I’d really like to keep it for years and years.
I’m not saying it’s a guarantee that Joshua will get into a wreck when he gets his license (or that there’s any guarantee I won’t while I drive it!), but Mr. FG and I would prefer for him (and the girls, eventually) to drive something else.
We’d been keeping an eye out for a while, but geez, used cars are really expensive right now. Most of what we saw was only a couple thousand cheaper than a new small sedan, so we were feeling pretty discouraged.
But then recently, Mr. FG had to work from home for some training, so he and I went for a walk at lunchtime together those days. Because of that, we happened to see that a neighbor was selling an older Honda, and when we got home, I called the number.
He’d just listed it two days ago, and luckily, Mr. FG got finished with training early, so we got to go give the car a drive that very day.
(Not the actual car. Ours is less….shiny.)
It’s 9 years old, but it has less than 100,000 on it and it’s a Honda, which should be quite reliable. And since it already has its fair share of dings and scratches, it’s pretty perfect for a new driver.
(Joshua says he prefers to drive something with scratches! Less pressure.)
We got it for a good price, and it’s used, so if it does get wrecked, at least insurance will give us close to what we paid for it (that would not be the case with a new car).
For now, it’s pretty cheap to insure, since Joshua just has his learner’s permit.
We wouldn’t actually have to get it insured right now, because Joshua can’t drive on his own. But I’d like him to get really comfortable driving the actual car he’s going to be using.
So from now until he gets his license, we’re going to practice driving all of the places he’ll go, using the new (used ) car.
This purchase is a big financial weight off of my mind and I’m so grateful we were able to get something reliable and safe that was within our cash budget. Yay!
(And it’s pretty stylish to boot. Joshua might be a little bit tickled about that….)
How did you handle the car issue when your kids started driving? Did they use the family car? Did they buy their own?
P.S. Joshua will eventually need to buy his own car. This is a family car, meant for our kids to use, and we definitely are not planning on buying an individual car for each of our kids. Just in case you were wondering…