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Trials & Tribulations

13th February 2012

Trials & Tribulations

If you are the parent of a teenager, you can probably relate to this. If you are the parent of a teenager who is learning to drive, you can probably relate to this even more.

Teenagers are EXPENSIVE!

Our daughter will be driving on her own soon (as soon as we can find time for her to schedule her driving test) so we purchased a 3rd vehicle. My husband and I brought it home on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, my daughter drove it to her softball game with me in the passenger seat and my husband in the back seat. She parked the car.

Because she had parked in between 2 very large SUV’s, we recommended she back out and find a different spot that would cause the car to be less likely to get a door ding. She promptly put the car in reverse, backed out about 2 feet, and we immediately looked in horror as the front lower bumper lay lifelessly on the sidewalk in front of the car. Yep, the car was now without bumper.

Today my husband & I took the car in to get an estimate on having the bumper repaired. Well, it also took out the under carriage safety shield which protects all things underneath the car, so that will also have to be replaced. All totaled, it’s going to be close to $800.

I have to say, I’m just glad my husband was in the car when it all happened because he wouldn’t have believed that our daughter actually did nothing wrong to cause this huge expense. This is a used car and we knew a corner of the bumper was loose when we bought it. We just didn’t know we were going to have to get it repaired so soon after buying the car.

Oh well, the trials & tribulations of being a parent to a teenager, they really are expensive!

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  1. 1 On February 16th, 2012, Karen said:

    Oh no! I’ll bet she was embarrassed. That is awful to have to spend that much already.

  2. 2 On February 18th, 2012, lin said:

    Oh, it’s just the beginning. :)

    We have Joe’s old car for the kids to drive so we don’t have to do repairs if there are dings and scratches while they learn to drive and park in good places. But still, you want good tires, shocks, battery, etc. for that car because you want them to be safe.

    Wait until prom rolls around. If you think this car is expensive…..

  3. 3 On February 19th, 2012, Brenda said:

    Oh my goodness! My son will be driving soon too! As soon as he’s motivated enough to take driver’s ed and then the lessons. I don’t think my husband will buy him a car though.

  4. 4 On February 20th, 2012, Lauren said:

    Bummer! I am not a parent, but I can see both perspectives… cars are expensive in general, teenagers and kids are, pets are.. agh! But things like this happen. She’s learning.



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