Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 2, 2012

Buy your own car, teenagers

By MATT KINSMAN
Special to the Record-Eagle

---- — Every teenager should purchase their own first car. Parents should not buy their children's cars or pay for their gas and insurance.

Buying your first car teaches you responsibility. If you don't have to work to gain money to purchase and operate your vehicle, then you are learning nothing. If you work to purchase and pay for your own car you will appreciate it more. If something of value is just handed to you, then you will not be concerned about what happens to it.

If teenagers purchase their own car they will be taught responsibility. They will have to work to gain money to purchase the car. This shows them that vehicles are not free. Once they own the vehicle after paying for insurance and gas, they will learn that they need to work to do things in life. With no gas or insurance you cannot travel anywhere. This will drive individuals to work for things they want in life. If they want to go out and do things in life, they will need to work to do so.

If you work to purchase and pay for your own car, you will appreciate it more. If you had to take money out of your pocket, you will not want to purchase another car. This will prevent you from doing things to damage your vehicle. If you damage your car, you will know that it costs money to fix it. This money will be coming out of your pocket to fix it. Knowing this, you would not want to work for money to replace parts; therefore, you will not do things that damage your vehicle.

Teenagers should purchase their own car. When parents buy their children's cars or pay for their gas and insurance, they learn no life values. If you work to purchase and pay for your own car, you will appreciate it more.

You have to work to be able to do extra activities. Teenagers will be taught responsibility and they will appreciate the vehicle more.

Matt Kinsman is a senior at Kingsley High School.