August 16, 2013
I remember when I was a kid just starting high school. I had a love for cars and could hardly wait to be able to drive a car any car. Before I was even close to 16 years old I would wash my sisters car and my sisters best friends car. In trade they would give me driving lessons unknown to my parents of course. Having an older sister and brother I saw what it took to borrow our parents car. I knew at that young age that by the time I turned 16 I wanted my own car. So I started to formulate a plan to achieve that goal. My parents taught me at a very young age that if you want something you have to work hard and save your money until you can afford what you want. I had been working since I was 11, you know paper route, dishwasher, busboy anything I could get was fine with me. I already had some money in a savings account but I needed to be more aggressive in my savings. So by the time I was 15 I had enough money for a cheap car. Next thing was I needed to know how to service and repair my car because money would be tight with insurance payments and all. So I took 3 years of auto shop in high school. I was top of my class in auto shop. When I turned 15 and a half I bought my first car a little VW Bug. It was light blue and I could not have been prouder of my self and my car. Yes my car. The day I turned 16 my mom took me to DMV after school and I got my drivers license. It was a school night but my parents let me take off to my friends house by my self in my own car. I had to be home by 8:00PM but I did not care. I also knew at this point I needed to stay out of trouble or the first thing my parent would do is restrict me from my car. Fast forward to say 2004. I have owned my own auto repair business since 1986 and noticed that many kids are not interested in owning a car. How could this be the economy is doing great and you could get a job anywhere. Why are these kids not working and saving for a car of their own. Don’t they know a car is the ultimate freedom? I have also seen that many parents are now buying their kids cars, paying for their insurance and gas. I also notice that when that happens the kids don’t take care of their cars like they would if they had to work several years to afford it on their own. They just don’t have the respect for their car if they don’t have any skin in the game. Are kids not interested because they have been driving cars on the game consoles since they were little kids? Are they so into their cell phones and texting they just don’t care? It’s time to make our kids stand on their own two feet and work for what they want. Americans have always had a love affair with their cars. They love their cars so much most people have named their car. I hope those days are not gone in America and our kids will once again become passionate about owning their own car.