Social Dilemma-Is It Okay To Buy Your Child Their First Car?

posted by Jaime Roberts -

Our social dilemma today came from a conversation I had with a bunch of my coworkers yesterday.  We were talking about our first cars, and how we got them.  What was interesting is that most of us in our age group, 35-60, had bought our own cars, while those that were younger, with the exception of a few, all said that their parents had bought them their cars.   I was wondering what had changed between the generations.  I mean, all of us want our kids to do better than we did, and Lord knows I spoil all the kids in my life, but on the big things, I've always felt giving them a little help as opposed to buying something for them outright was the way to go.  I'm not judging anyone, I'm just saying that learning the responsibility of what's yours when you're 18 is a good way to start out.  When I bought my car, which was a Chevy Camaro, I took such care of that car.  I treated it like it was a baby.  I knew it was my money paying that loan back every month, so I wanted to make sure it was just fine.  I'm not sure I would have felt the same if my parents had bought it for me.  Of course, all the younger folks in the room disagreed with me, and said they were glad their parents had bought them the car.  I said I would have been glad too, but it would have been different.  So simple question today.  Do you think parents should buy their children their first car, or do you think working for it is the way to go.  It's not a judgement either way, just an opinion.  Let me know what you think on the 98-3 TRY Facebook page.

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