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My wife and I bumped into the guy who bought my IS for his daughter, and you guys who love your IS's would CRINGE if you saw it. It sounds as if she wasn't mature enough to have a car like the IS. He said she got 3 moving violations before he repossessed it from her. That was a smart move, what with the tickets and the body damage.

Between May when he bought it, and Thanksgiving when he took it from her, she had 2 fender benders. The front bumper has a sick looking gash in it, and the headlight lense is cracked. The rear is dented, which makes the right taillight stick out about 3-5 inches (surprised no one has tried to yank it off). He said she apparently had enemies at school too, because she got keyed on the driver side, and someone ripped (yes, RIPPED) the spoiler off, which left behind stretched holes and pieces of fiberglass. Lastly, the wheels; let's just say the ones on the passenger side USED to be chrome. The chrome is peeled and scratched off in some places.

All in all it was a sad sight, especially when I think how good it looked when we sold it.
 

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see thats just what happens when kids have nice cars in High school. No matter what their popularity, age so forth. Its a given that stuff is going to happen at school. What I don't understand is why all these parents buy all these kids that are 16, and 17 that are still in school this car. Makes no sense to me
 

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I felt pretty bad when I banged up the car my parents bought me when I got out if college. Luckily I don't see the couple that owned it before or I would have to walk away with my head down.

Parents probably buy the cars for their kids because they can. Not swinging either way with this comment.
 

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I think it's natural for parents to always want their kids to have more than they did growing up. And some people may make so much money that dropping $35K on a car for their kid is no big deal to them. I'm sure most parents also tend to think only the best about their child and feel that their child is responsible and only someone else's child would beat up on a $35K car.

Some 16-18 year olds are responsible and probably treat the car better than some of us do. Others are still kids and don't yet fully appreciate the value of money and the gift that their parents have given them.
 

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Now don't think that I didn't feel bad for my parents. Their money went out in one accident. I felt pretty guilty.
 

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First of all, I got my IS when i was 17. Now im 18 and nothing happend to it my senior year. Hopefully nothing will happen now that i am jinxing myself but my school had plenty of nice cars and anyone that would key my car or something of that sort would be seriously hurt!
 

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On 2001-12-13 15:17, nette wrote:
Now don't think that I didn't feel bad for my parents. Their money went out in one accident. I felt pretty guilty.
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I'm sure you did! Most kids would feel guilty. There are a few that probably wouldn't care though.
 

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What made it worse was that my parents didn't give any kind of crap. My mom was just happy to see me okay. Those that don't care must have pretty thick skin.
 

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haha BlackAltezza, i'm from long island to...in my highschools parking lot theres plenty of Range Rovers (75 - 80k), 1 Hummer, 1 of the new Lexus SC's, a few M3's, cadillac escalades, X5's and more. My parents are giving me the same car they gave my sister, a 92 honda accord POS. But, i wont drive that, because i have saved so far about $28k from doing computer wiring jobs, and other little computer s**t...i plan on having about $32 by july (when i turn 17) so i can buy an IS with my own money. That way i can pay for it myself. Any of you people who think its impossible for a 16 yr old to have made $28k doing wiring jobs, stop hating cuz thats the truth...Anyway i dont think there will be anything wrong with me as a 17 yr old driving an IS if i bought it with MY money, and plus i am very responsible (cummon, i have made 28 thousand dollars on my own incentive) hehe. Anyway sucks that girl did that to your car.
 

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DarkChainz-

This is going to sound really bad- but I'm not trying to be as a$$. Don't blow your cash on an IS. You've got the rest of school to swing through- and that kind of cash will get you there nicely! Trust me you don't want to HAVE to work for your insurance money and Mac&Cheese while you are trying to cram for mid-terms. I was once in nearly the same situation that you are and I sweated it out. I blew about 5 grand on a good car and another few grand on messing around with it. This way you can learn about the “BEAST” before you go buy something fool proof like the IS.

Take your cash and stash it. I went through 6 years of college life with only doing freelance here and there and scored way better than the worker-student types... and of course that left plenty of free time to... well, chase after girls basically. Which brings up point two- DATE money. Nuff said.

On the other hand the hell with it! Go chase you flash car man! You're so freakin young if you blow it you'll have plenty of time to make it all back. But that is easy for me to say and it is going to be harder for you to live.

Good luck-
 

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Thanks for the reply, i was thinking about saving the money for something else, but i started working when i was younger because i wanted to buy a cool car, thats really all i want to do with my money. And i talked to my dad, he will pay for the insurance if i pay for the car, because he realizes how much it costs and stuff. Also my parents are going to pay for my college, and i will make enough money over the next year and a half before college to have spending money i think. It also isn't that my parents couldn't afford me a 35k car (my father is a partner at a big investment firm on wallstreet and my stepmom also has a highpaying wallstreet job), its just that they dont understand why they would buy a 17 year old a nice car, which i can understand... Anyway, thanks for your advice, and i will definately think about it more (i have about 7 months till i plan on buying the car) and maybe i will save my money.
 

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On 2001-12-13 17:36, DarkChainz wrote:
(my father is a partner at a big investment firm on wallstreet and my stepmom also has a highpaying wallstreet job), its just that they dont understand why they would buy a 17 year old a nice car, which i can understand... Anyway, thanks for your advice, and i will definately think about it more (i have about 7 months till i plan on buying the car) and maybe i will save my money.
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Wow so your parents would have the inside scoop on the trading world huh? Maybe you should let them invest it and try to make a small return until you're ready to buy the car... although the way the market is acting, you're probably safer just holding onto it. :smile: My parents pay for my insurance and everything too, but the only reason I got a nice car was because I ended up getting a full scholarship to college, so they took the money they had saved and got me a car. :smile:

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think it this way... parents are INVESTING on thier kids

(btw, im 17, and got the IS... and it's illegal for me to work/make $)

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What are wiring jobs? A friend of mine use to stress 24/7 about stocks and now he's bought 2 SL500's. For for him and one for his dad and he wasn't even legal to buy porn yet, sheeesh!

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On 2001-12-13 16:58, DarkChainz wrote:
haha BlackAltezza, i'm from long island to...in my highschools parking lot theres plenty of Range Rovers (75 - 80k), 1 Hummer, 1 of the new Lexus SC's, a few M3's, cadillac escalades, X5's and more. My parents are giving me the same car they gave my sister, a 92 honda accord POS. But, i wont drive that, because i have saved so far about $28k from doing computer wiring jobs, and other little computer s**t...i plan on having about $32 by july (when i turn 17) so i can buy an IS with my own money. That way i can pay for it myself. Any of you people who think its impossible for a 16 yr old to have made $28k doing wiring jobs, stop hating cuz thats the truth...Anyway i dont think there will be anything wrong with me as a 17 yr old driving an IS if i bought it with MY money, and plus i am very responsible (cummon, i have made 28 thousand dollars on my own incentive) hehe. Anyway sucks that girl did that to your car.

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I think there are about half responsible and have irresponsible kids in high school. A good rule of thumb is grades. I just think thats the best way to say if the kid is responsible or not period. This girl that went to my old school got a NSX when she turned 17 and she treated that car with so much car and she was on the honor roll. Another girl in the same school who cheated off of me half the time had her parents get her a Modena from one of their family owned dealerships and she wrecked it in 2 months. I was surprised that it lasted that long and that she could actually drive it.
 

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I don't think it has to do with grades. more about personality. you can tell when someone doesn't give a $hit about their car or when they care. I cared a lot about mine and try to take the best care of it. Others on the other hand couldn't car less if the bump into someone while parking or scrape their rim on the curb. I would go nuts if i did something like that.
 
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