Sydney has turned 16 which means she can officially drive by herself, well as soon as she finishes the online drivers ed course. Do you know how much stuff they have to “learn” before they can get their licenses? The stupid thing is if you take the class after you have been driving consistently for a year you basically have already learned what’s in the class. In other words, a waste of time and money.
When Syd was 15 Andrea and I told her that we would buy her a car contingent on her continuing to make excellent grades and being an outstanding student. Of course I want to buy her a Cadillac and began my search, yeah before she was even 16. I took her to the dealer that I got ours from and talked to our sales advisor. He showed Syd the ATS and she loved it!! She says, “OHHH A Sydney sized car.” She doesn’t care for our trucks. She says they are too big. LOL.
The ATS has all of the technology she wants and all of the safety features Andrea and I want for her. I am feeling pretty amped up about getting her this car in 2018. Andrea saw a blue one (her favorite color) at another dealership so we show her that one unfortunately it has a manual transmission. Everywhere we go I point out the ATS’s on the roads and she is just smiling….and then one day Andrea says, “Babe, I don’t think Syd wants a Cadillac.” WHUHHHH?????? What do you mean she doesn’t want a Cadillac?
It turns out a Cadillac ATS is to “old” looking for a teenager. What does Sydney want? A JEEP!!! and not just any Jeep, un un. She wants a Jeep with a lift kit, mud tires and light bars. SAY WHAT?!?!? I am so confused. My daughter doesn’t want a Caddy but wants a Jeep? Gonna sound racist here but do Black People drive lifted Jeeps? IMJS. OK….so we go to the Jeep dealer and she sits in the lifted, light barred and mud tired Wrangler. She LOVES it!!! I on the other hand am feelin some kinda way. I mean c’mon, a Jeep over a Caddy? For real?? BUT it’s what she wants and we did promise her she could have a car based on academics.
Some months go by and a friend shows me their classic car that they have for sale. It’s a 70’s Mercury Grand Marquis (that’s markwis to those that don’t know LOL). It is really nice and I think I may get it. I send Andrea some pics and she is tripping out how cool it looks. I pick Syd up from school and while she is getting food from Chic Filet I text her the pics. She responds “NICE” to which I say, you want it? She comes back to the car and says, “HUH?” I tell her I am thinking of getting the car. She says, “I’ll drive it.” Wait, What??? It turns out Syd really wants something different to drive to school. She doesn’t want to be like the other kids. She is a unique individual. So now we are looking at old skools.
I tell her this car is as long as my truck, “Are you sure you want to drive that? We can find something different and old skool.” Once I tell her that she is open to a smaller old skool. I show her some classics and she is grinning from ear to ear. So what does she want now? This!
She says it has to have T-tops!!! I know!!! I’m tripping too. So now we are shopping for either a Cutlass or a Monte Carlo and then she hits us with this information. “I am going to save my money over the summer and buy my own car.” Syd is a camp counselor at the school during the summer months and she has decided that she wants to purchase her own car because of the same reasons I did when I was her age. She wants to drive her car where she feels like it. Let me explain.
I placed restrictions on where she can drive her car. Specifically I told her she couldn’t drive it to her mom’s house. Real talk….I don’t want the car we got her up there for obvious reasons. To be fair, I can’t be sure, but I think her mom placed the same restriction on the vehicles at their house, she can’t drive their cars to our house. My guess is Sydney figured she would put a stop to that. She will buy her own car which makes it her responsibility and if she wants to go her mom’s or leave her mom’s and come home or go anywhere else in her car then she can. I can respect that thought process. It’s the same thoughts I had when I bought my first car. No one can tell me what I can do with MY car.
Fast forward to this week and Syd is on EBAY looking at cars. She says, “Dad how do I look through all of these cars? There are too many.” I teach her how to refine her search and then suggest Craigslist and Autotrader as an alternative. You can look at different cars by a certain price range. She loves that idea. The next day she sends me a link to a car. It’s this, a Toyota Solara.
Yeah at this point I have no idea what she wants. But that’s ok. Buying your first car is a big decision and you have to know what you want.
No rush Baby Girl, You’ll figure out what your style is. :)