Financing Your Teens First Car With Crowdsource Funding

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My daughter is 16 and we are looking for her first car. We really don’t know if we are going with a new one or a used one. There are pros and cons to both but my number one priority is safety. My second priority is making sure she doesn’t go into debt for it. She will get enough of that with all those student loans she is going to acquire for school.

 

It would be really easy to get her a loan and co-sign for it. But that means big payments and with car insurance and gas, I am not sure she will be able to handle it. Thankfully for her I thought about this awhile ago and devised a way to make sure her first car is almost completely paid for.

 

You may have already heard of crowdfunding thanks to some new sites that allow people to fund a business idea or product. Well this works the same way. My parents, my ex-husbands parents, and even an uncle donated to the car fund. It was really easy, I just asked for a certain percentage of matching what I had already saved.

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Keep Your Kids Entertained On A Road Trip-Without Electronics

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We are taking a road trip next week and I am not looking forward to being a car with kids and no electronics. The “She hit me” and the “She is in my space” does not sound like pleasant conversation and honestly makes me want to leave them on the side of the road, not that I would do that, but I sure want to.

So how am I going to keep them entertained while on the go? With some good old fashioned games of course! You know the ones if you are my age. Riding to some cheesy vacation destination in the old station wagon playing punch buggy is one of my favorite road trip memories. Here are 10 great “Road Trip” games for kids of all ages ( even adults, yes, you.)

Who Am I?

Think of someone you and your children know: a family member, neighbor, or friend, and give clues to the person’s identity like their hair color, sex, or whether or not they wear glasses. Let each person guess and if no one gets it, continue giving clues until your kids figure it out.

Map Monitors

Give each child a map of your trip and allow them to keep track of your progress using stickers, coloring or something else your child enjoys.

Punch Buggy

Have your kids count on their fingers or gently tap their seatmate every time they spot a Volkswagen Bug. The specifics of the rules are up to you, but you can make old bugs worth more than new, or certain colors worth more than others.

 

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Must Do Auto Checks That Every Teen Should Know

 

Buying a car is huge responsibility for an adult and probably a teenagers first real investment. One thing that teens need to learn, besides making car payments, insurance payments, and paying for gas, is how to maintain their car. Sometimes they think they can just get in and go, never thinking about what is going on underneath the hood. It can be a scary, and costly, realization when something goes wrong.

Thankfully my teen daughter is getting a car soon and I was able to research a checklist for her. Below is what I found. If you have a teen buying a car print it out for them!

 

Check Every Month

  • Oil Level
  • Hoses
  • Belts
  • Tire Pressure
  • Coolant/Antifreeze
  • Air Filter
  • Tires

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How To Pick Out The Best Car For Your Family

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Now a days when buying a family car safety and plenty of room are two of the top requested features. But what should you look for in a family car? You will spend a good chunk of your time in your car and you need it to be comfortable. Keep reading for some great tips on choosing a family car.

Lots of Space and Comfort

While space and comfort are closely related, other aspects affect comfort in positive and negative ways. Interior materials are one of them. A car with rigid racing seats or sticky leather seats is probably not comfortable nor practical for a family. Stick to ordinary fabrics for comfort and ease of cleaning.

Sufficient Cargo

Another area to look for space and comfort is the cargo area. Having plenty of trunk and cabin space is a must with a family. Cars with seats that fold down are perfect for transporting large objects or those family trips when you need everything but the kitchen sink.

 

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5 Smells That Mean Your Car Is In Trouble

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I think we have all had that one time where we are just cruising down the road and then it happens. A strange smell. What could it be? Is it the engine? Is it the gas? Is it oil. It can be confusing and a little scary.

It doesn’t have to be though. Below are 5 smells that you will definitely recognize and what they could mean.

 

  • Burnt Rubber could mean slipping of the drive belts or hoses that might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. This is something that needs to be checked soon.
  • Hot Oil- The smell of hot oil could mean that oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. To verify a leak, look for oil on the pavement or smoke coming from the engine area. Please turn off the engine before checking for the leak.

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