OCTOBER 2019 THE
CAR SHOPPING WITH YOUR KIDS THE NO. 1 RULEWHEN BUYING A USED CAR Raising kids can be a challenging endeavor. When Heather and I married in 2013, she agreed to take on not only a husband but also two boys: Andrew, 12, and Chandler, 11. The boys are now 17 and 18 years old and face growing up in a world very different from the one Heather and I knew when we were teenagers. We are far from perfect parents, but we do our best. Our newsletter chronicles some of our successes and some of our less-than-stellar moments. We hope you can learn from some of our failures and find some entertainment in the moments we share.
KIDS AND USED CARS After about 25 arguments and a summer schedule that would send my boys in different directions, I finally came to the conclusion I’d been postponing for as long as possible: My boys needed their own cars! My son Andrew was fortunate enough to receive a 2002 GMC pickup truck from his grandmother. This truck had one of the coolest paint jobs you have ever seen. Depending upon how the sun hits the car, it changes from purple to orange to red. It has also served as our family’s go-to vehicle for hauling recyclables and any other project a pickup was needed for. However, it was also time for Chandler to have his own wheels, as he had a full-time summer job at Camp Equinox. There was no way we could reconcile his schedule with Andrew’s.
half dozen bumper stickers, and they were all for causes Chandler believed in. After about a five-minute test drive, it was all over! We broke the cardinal rule of purchasing a used car. Those damn Swedes build an irresistible vehicle! If you’ve followed any of my newsletters, you know that I usually direct you to an article for suggestions. In light of my knee-jerk purchase of the first used car we found, I do not believe I am worthy of providing any advice to anyone about much of anything. Have a great October and be safe out there.
Buying a used car is not for the faint of heart. Although it’s been about 10 years since I was in the used car market, I set out with Chandler to look into purchasing a car. We had a budget (which we broke a little) and an idea of what we wanted. As a seasoned negotiator and someone who appreciates cars, I was ready to guide my son’s hand through his first purchase. The No. 1 rule for anyone looking for a used car is that you cannot buy the first car you find. So, I instructed Chandler accordingly, “Whatever you do, do not buy the first car you see.” In response Chandler said, “Hey Dad, let’s check out this Volvo.”We thought it would be easy to say no!
- Lucas Foust
There it was: off-white with a ski rack and four spare summer tires in the back. It had about a
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