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How to convince parents a Taco is the right choice

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by gatormatt155, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Oct 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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    gatormatt155

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    Hey TW I've been lurking around here for awhile and finally decided to make an account and ask my question.
    I'm turning 17 here soon and I want a taco. I have some of the money but the rest will come from my parents who have agreed to buy a car. I've proposed the idea of a taco multiple times and they seem to ignore it. How can I convince them a taco is a perfect first car?
    Thanks in advance,
    Matt
     
  2. Oct 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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    ST3VE

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    Honestly you should make them give you a reason it's a bad idea.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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    ABA180

    ABA180 It burns when I pee....

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    Exactly..you have to understand why they ignore the idea to be able to show them that it's a good idea.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    one good thing is as long as it has been and you take good care of it. do all the scheduled maintenance on time ect then it should last a long time as long as you don’t crash it.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2013 at 11:36 PM
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    robssol

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    I know you'll disagree with me, but, don't buy a taco for your first car. Most kids destroy their first vehicles (I know you're different). Gets some experience in a piece of crap then you'll appreciate the taco more. As for convincing your parents, show them how safe they are and the resale value that Tacoma's have:D
     
  6. Oct 3, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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    hualampeter

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    I had a 2001 Tacoma, it had oil pressure issues. Upgraded to a 2005 v6, loved it and crashed it. I was 18. I say get a used truck. THank god I only ripped off the front end.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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    2004TacomaSR5

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    As cool as they are, you'd be better off with a cheap, economical, zip zap car that gets from point A to B without any issues for your first vehicle. Trucks are great vehicles, but they are far from ideal for daily driving duties, cars are much more suitable for that. And I know how much teenagers drive, I was 16 once too. I honestly wish I would have had a car when I was that age, something that got good mileage and I didn't have to worry about costing me a lot of money, but instead I had a Jeep which was broken down more than it ran.

    Reason your parents are hesitating is trucks just aren't as safe of a choice for a teen's first vehicle, they are just way too tipsy. If I was you, I'd get some cheap, reliable beater car and go drive the wheels off it until I couldn't stand it anymore. 90s Toyotas and Hondas can be had for dirt cheap and are tough, reliable and great for new drivers. Insurance will be much cheaper also, because trucks have a higher rollover risk than cars, they typically cost more to insure.

    But, the choice is ultimately up to your folks, you can convince them all you want but they will make the final decision.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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    YotaOverAll

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    My 02 was given to me at 16 when I got my license. Almost totaled it once(the summer I got my license). She's been very good to me. I try to take care of her as much as she has taken care of me.
     
  9. Oct 4, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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    Ask them how else you're supposed to get that highschool pussy.
     
  10. Oct 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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    However, tough as shit doesn't mean tougher than a teenager. Honestly, despite how much I know you'll hate me for saying it (because I know I did when I heard it) get a reliable old beater for your first car. Something that can take a beating that you can drive for your first few years and continue to save up to buy a car that you earn 100% yourself.
    Two reasons for that:
    1) As a teenage boy, you'll do stupid crap. Hell, I did and I bet 99.9% of the guys on here will say the same thing. Get a car that will limit the stupid stuff you can do... You and your parents will be happy about that (even if it takes a few years to realize)
    2) You take so much more care of your stuff when you buy it yourself and you own it. I love my truck, use it for everything, and I take care of it like know other because I saved up for it.

    I drove an old volvo wagon from when I was 16 to 20. Great old car that I called the "Momentum Mobile". Couldn't get in trouble with it. When I was 20, I bought my tacoma with my own cash. Great feeling and I love my truck. I am SO GLAD I had that old volvo for the reasons I have already said. Besides, after a few years of driving, a tacoma might not be the most practical vehicle for yourself.

    Tacomas last forever! So in a few years there will still be plenty around for you to pick up!
     
  11. Oct 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM
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    Konaborne

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    I say evaluate your needs with your parents.

    Your family might not need a truck. If there's no way to justify having a truck rather than an economical car, there isnt much you can do to make a good argument.
    This might not be what you want to hear, but unless you're doing the majority of the financing,you should look more into "needs" rather than "wants."
    save your money then get what you want later

    However, if your family may require use of a hauler, or if theres an offroad need, there's meat on that bone.
     
  12. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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    Thanks for all of the replies guys. As Konaborne said, I should evaluate my needs. Since I live in Utah there is a need for 4wd. In the winter the snow can get real bad in an hour or two and my street usually doesn't get plowed which can mean more than a foot and a half of snow. Also, I do a lot of skiing and biking getting to the resorts sometimes can be sketchy. They frequently shut down the roads to 4WD and chain use only.
    So 4wd is definitely a must and I also don't like the idea of driving a little subaru like 90% of everyone else around this town
    Thanks
     
  13. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:32 AM
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    Your parents are buying you a car... Either drive whatever they buy you and be happy about it or save up your own money to buy whatever you wish.
     
  14. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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    Cuz they probably want ti get you something cheaper.
     
  15. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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    teneighty

    teneighty I'd rather be skiing...

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    This ^^... I bought roughly 5 cars through high school :eek: I drove like an asshole and beat the crap out of them. They were $500-$1500 cars so it wasn't like I had a Taco but I wonder if I would have done the same. Get some beaters then get the Taco.

    Better yet,
    get what you want and learn your own lessons.
     
  16. Oct 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM
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    Respectfully turn down their offer to aid you in purchasing a car. If they help you out, you won't appreciate it as much. Build up your credit or save a $20k-$30k of money to purchase a new Taco, you're going to want to go new because of resale value and the fact that you know no one has abused your sweet baby. You're 17 so insurance is going to be a pain in the butt and you're going to want full coverage. You're probably going to want to buy the truck with cash because insurance is going to be about what a car payment is.
     
  17. Oct 4, 2013 at 7:03 AM
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    OP. walk down the street for a few miles. that pain in your feet, and the overall tiredness you are feeling? embrace it.

    now go to your parents and thank them for being so generous, and tell them ANYTHING they help you get will be greatly appreciated. any car is better than walking.

    show them (even if you are pretending like a lying idiot :)) that you are mature and responsible and GRACIOUS. then you might have a crack at that tacoma.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2013 at 4:06 PM
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  20. Oct 4, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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    +1 with what everyone is saying about getting a small beater car. I totaled a few when I was your age (usually I was drunk). But if you still are convinced a Taco is what you want, go for a single cab 4 cylinder and explain to them all of the stuff you can help them do around the house with a truck. Also, please prove all of us wrong and don't total your first car. There has to be someone that can do it.
     
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