Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mid Week Match-Up: Find A Car For A 16 Year Old

It is Wednesday so that means it's time for another edition of Daily Turismo's version of Russian roulette with an automatic pistol-- also known as Mid Week Match-Up!  Last week, we asked readers to find us a convertible for less than $15k and received lots of great suggestions.  Today we are going to go another direction and ask our readers to find the best car for your teenager for less than $5k.


You might say that $5k is a bit low, be we are talking about some scum of the earth, facebook addicted, snapchatting, pimply-faced, cell phone loving teenager here.  Too many folks buy a newish car for their kids, something with an automatic transmission and functioning air conditioning, but they are wrong!!  The best thing for your kids is something that adds character, primarily by being horribly unreliable and embarrassing them in front of their friends.  Like this 1983 Volvo 242 GLT Turbo offered for $3,350 via craigslist in Seattle, WA. Tip from Scot.

What would you pick?  Comments below.

26 comments:

  1. Because Miata.

    RWD, manual, some have AC and the top goes down. Plus only 2 seats, so they can't load up their buddies and jump railroad grade crossings. The only downside is the Chick Car perception.

    <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/cto/4575210918.html'>1990 NA Miata</a>, a bit over priced.

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    1. Seller needs the cash to buy a new camera or cell phone. I thought someone had spewed on my glasses!

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    2. Agreed, they need to take a basic photography class at the community college extension. Believe it or not, that was about the best NA I could find on the Seattle CL in the 5K range. Seems like most of them were in the 3K range with damage or in need of top replacement or had been FnF'd.

      Here's the correct CL URL

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  2. This is an ad for a 97 Dodge 1500. It is safe. It is perfect for helping you re-shingle the house and will haul mowers and cut grass. It has 4WD to keep your kid on the backroads while returning from farm parties.

    http://lincoln.craigslist.org/cto/4577172261.html

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  3. My first car cost less than my laptop. That said, this 325e would be my choice if I were an ungrateful child.

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  4. Not going to link up any cars but any NA Subaru fits the bill. Safe but can still be sporty with suspension if kid later desires that. Still won't be "fast".

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  5. just bought the kid a 2003 Mercedes C 230 Kompressor Coupe, 105,000 miles, no rust or body damage, decent brakes and tires, had it inspected and it is mechanically excellent, a lot of car for $3,600. Looked at Subaru's, Volkswagens, and Honda's, Subaru's were too pricey, Volkswagen's were too pricey and the couple we looked at had not been maintained well and needed lots of work, and the Honda's, my god, the Honda's, what a pile of beat up ultr high mileage crap in that price range........

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    1. May I ask why you use apostrophes when pluralizing the brand names? I see this a lot and have always wondered why so many people do this.

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    2. because grammar - see wikipedia on superfluous apostrophes - also see buffalo

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  6. You hit the nail on the head with that Volvo 242. Safe, reliable-ish, slow but fun to drive. If the kid likes it, great he/she can modify it. If the kid doesn't like it, you can always drop them off at one of those safe baby drop zones near firehouses and hospitals.

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  7. forgot to add, the C 230 is a 6 speed manual, I want the kid to know how to drive a standard, none of his friends do, and most of his rotten ungrateful spoiled friends have been given new or near new cars by their idiot parents, I WANT things to break and need fixing on a first car...... I am hoping the clutch expires sooner rather than later, will be a good father/son project pulling the transmission, and the kid will then have some skin in the game......

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  8. For my first teenager we got a 1985 Volvo 245 right off of DT!
    http://www.dailyturismo.com/2014/01/buyer-success-story-1985-volvo-245-dl.html
    For my next teenager, I have been on the lookout for another Volvo, but we are going to look at this tonight!
    http://reno.craigslist.org/cto/4566120133.html

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    1. By the way, I never got my DT stickers!!!

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    2. Gonna have to sack the sticker shipper...which would be me. I do have a handy list of excuses -- don't have your address...sticker used to cover gunshot holes in Saab windshield....stickers got eaten by wolverines...et cetera... But you've got email!
      Vince DT Editor in Chief and Chief Sticker Hoarder.

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  9. I knew exactly what to search for. The car that my left-hand-turning daughter was Avalanche t-boned in. Airbags deployed everywhere. Head. Side. And the structure took the blow like an engineering superheor. And...a bitchin' highway cruiser. You'll be borrowing your kid's car for all kinds of trips. You'll need to haggle $200 off this five hour old Craigslist ad to come in at $5,000. This looks like a very good deal. These cars are routinely overpriced. And, when they get down to the mid-low single digits, they can look pretty darn scruffy. A good indie mechanic is a requirement. And, I'd want more pictures. But, the look and stance and interior on this look very goo for starters. http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/4584212653.html

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  10. Besides the typos, I did not "honor my link". 2001 E320 Wagon

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    1. Never mind the kid, I would buy that for myself. Already gave him the keys to my old W124 300E.

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    2. Nice! Hers was my first Merc. One thing that really impressed me was the passionate following at benzworld.org and other sites. There is no symptom, however small, that has not or can not be found or discussed there. Every model, e.g., the W210, has a number of regular contributors, most with mechanical skills, who love to teach. What model of used car provides that?! The car had it's nuisances. But, I had a great, gray-haired, inexpensive MB specialist and once we ironed out the few teeny bugs, that car was a beast. Comfy 90 MPH cruiser. 25 MPG highway. Stow the Library of Congress. Stuck to the skidpad at Tire Rack South Bend Street Survival. (Every sixteen year old should take that wonderful class!) And, finally, for it's amazing swan song. That accident. It was amazing to see the damage and my daughter did not so much as have a bruise. Great car. I scoured the Chicago area and took three to my mechanic for PPIs. All had issues. This blue number looks very good. No evidence of rust in the tailgate is itself an indication of excellent car. The stance on these auto-leveling suspensions can get a little weird if they are not kept up. Again, on this guy, it looks true. Won't last.

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  11. I must be waaaaayyyyyyyyyy out of touch. 5K for a car for a kid? Make em sell lemonade and buy their own. Hell I had to pony up 250 bucks for a 1950 Packard when I was 16....the old man insisted. Of course that was in 1950. But still.quit spoinling the littke fckers

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    1. A crowd like this can make $5,000 go a long way. Most people don't have the understanding or experience. They roll into the Kia dealer and sign up for a monthly payment. A kid can't do that. My daughter doesn't know anything about cars. So, the parent is left shopping. I looked all over for cheap cars. Go to cars.com and put the cap at $5,000. Auto Trader. Craigslist. Then, put a cap on mileage at 100,000. There's a lot of dreck out there. The cool part about buying some of the cars recommended in this column is that you can probably sell them for a reasonable price five years from now. So, the net cost is not bad.

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    2. All of my nieces and nephews wanted Honda Civics. In their price range they were all 200K+ mile cars. Finally, a reasonable niece listened to me. She was in MN, I found her a ultra low mileage, old Contour that she paid $2K for. She drove it for two years at school, then drove it back to MA and reluctantly sold it for $2.7K.

      Next one up.. same story.. American cars are crap, I want an Eco-Friendly Honda (with 200K miles on it and way over my budget). You dress them up, send them to school and some of them will still just eat the books! Then finally, the quiet one, emails that she's coming back to the states and needs some help finding a car. Polled her friends. Recent grad wanted out of his "old" Mazda Protege so badly so that he could get the Honda graduating present that she bought his for about $500 behind wholesale! There's hope!

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    3. Good job! You should not be able to graduate from high school without understanding this kind of relatively simple math with respect to houses and cars, two of life's big expenses. It's a basic life skill from which all but the wealthy who don't need to worry themselves can get great benefit. What one semester class would put more money in your pocket over the course of your life than a "home finances" class that kept you from getting more house than needed, or two or three more cars than you needed, or paying too much for "newness"? That "buy it for $2K, sell it for $2.7K" niece won't need to be told twice! Saving in this way is addictive. It allows you to spend money on frivolous luxuries, like...cars, for instance. :)

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  12. That should be in .....1970....I'm not THAT OLD YET

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    1. We're the same age. I bought my first car ('62 Ghia) in 1972 from my driver's-ed teacher for $140.

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