my first car was a 97 celica ST which i got the summer i was 16 years old. turboed it a year later.
great car, parents over paid for it, i was looking at 94's for like 4k, but my mom said she wouldnt let any child of her's drive a POS.
i felt so bad about that, and i feel even worse about my WRX. it is my second car, and again my mom is paying for it. she forced my dad to buy me a more expensive car from a dealer for my first car, and if he werent in the comma he is in now, i would be driving a 2g DSM, paid for by myself, instead my mom is paying for my car and i have $10k in the bank, but im saving it all for if/when i have to take over payments.
but my mom controls the household now, and she said to buy nothing older than 2002.
so jokingly i said that a WRX or a 350z were the only cars that were 2002+ that i liked.
so she almost bought me a 2003 g35 coupe, but i turned it down. my cousin at the jeep dealership called me and said to come check out this infiniti coupe they got in on a trade. i went expecting an m30 coupe, but it was an 03 g35! i drove it. my mom saw it and my cousin said it was a good car. my mom then turned to me and said i'll get it if you want it.
i was shocked. i thought long and hard about it, and the next day i turned it down. it was gonna be $28k OTD and it had like 45k miles on it, but it was loaded with every option.
people called me crazy, friends and their parents were shocked i turned it down. even my sister couldnt believe it.
but it did make my mom happy, and she knew then that i understood our financial situation and that my hours of car shopping was only to keep my mind off the loss of my father(i was shopping for 6 months before my dad's heart attack).
those of you that are jealous of the people that get cars from their parents have every right to be, but you should also be proud that your car is a result of your efforts alone. and also realise that there are two types of people that get cars from their parents, the ones that understand what they got and greatly appreciate it, and the ones that want the best and dont have a clue what it takes to purchase and operate a car.