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Old 02-01-2019, 11:19 AM
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I hope she plans on driving /owning it for a long time,...……...Because everything else after that C7 will be a serious downgrade.
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May I ask what your daughter did to earn a Corvette at 17 years old? Did she get accepted into a top tiered college with a full ride? Did she get accepted into the Olympics? Or is Daddy rich and this is the next toy for his daughter? I say this with no disrespect. Im not faulting ANYONE for what the do for their children - there are way too many deadbeat parents out there these days, so I commend you for being a loving parent that obviously provides outstandingly for his family...but did you ever think what's next for her? Let's fast forward 10 years from now when Daddy isn't paying for her toys anymore and she's working a real job that maybe can't afford the next hot new sports car, or shoes, or spa day... What is your daughter going to feel then? What will she be excited to work towards or look forward to, because at 17 she already had one of the best cars on the road...?

I grew up in a very wealthy town, and my father did extremely well for himself...but he taught me to EARN the finer things in life, so I would learn to appreciate them. To me you have to EARN a high priced toy like a Vette...or you will NEVER appreciate it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:21 AM
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And she knew this how?
I never asked how long it took to determine this. But sounds like the Mustang was the bad one...
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:41 AM
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I know some of you are going to think I'm crazy but wanted some feedback. I bought a 19' 2LT for my daughter but didn't take delivery as of yet because I'm having second thoughts. She's only 17 and has been driving a Lexus RC350 for a year. She really wants a corvette but I don't want to be doing something wrong. She's had zero issues with her driving. I monitor her driving through an app that alerts me to high speed, rapid acceleration, hard stops etc. I figured all cars can go fast and we live in south Florida so there's so much traffic you can't really do much. I don't know just looking for some thoughts.
IMO, it depends on how responsible she is & ultimately only you know the answer to that. From what you have said she sounds fairly responsible. Experts always state that women are also mentally more mature by a number of years vs men of the same age. If you do give her the Vette I think the advice above about sending her to a high performance driving school is a good idea. I personally think all new drivers should go to one because the skills they learn will serve them well regardless of the type of car they end up driving.

Since you're giving Vettes away would you like to adopt a middle-aged son?

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Old 02-01-2019, 11:44 AM
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In my area, the Porsche Club of America puts on a driver education day that is awesome and it's all focused on car control - slalom, skidpad for controlling slides, maximum braking and avoidance, and at the end of the day an autocross course. One family had their teenage daughter driving the family Cadillac CTS-V. I later saw them at the track for an HPDE and she was driving the CTS-V again.
It's usually held several times each year and is not marque specific - about 8 of us with Corvettes all signed up for the same class and had a blast.
I'd see if there's an event like this near where you live. It's a great way to learn more about the car and smooth/safe driving techniques.
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:49 AM
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Be ready for the huge jump in insurance. (You may already be seeing this from the Lexus). I bought my teenager a new Subaru WRX and it almost tripled the cost I was paying for insurance.....granted young males, I think, do cost more insurance wise.

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Old 02-01-2019, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post
May I ask what your daughter did to earn a Corvette at 17 years old? Did she get accepted into a top tiered college with a full ride? Did she get accepted into the Olympics? Or is Daddy rich and this is the next toy for his daughter?
I'm doing the same thing with my 15yr old daughter. I refuse to let her work but I insist she maintain her 4.0+GPA and work on applying to colleges (probably a full ride). That's a full time job in itself. She might not get accepted to a top tiered college and certainly isn't an Olympic hopeful. Daddy is not even close to being rich, but I can cover her 100% even if she doesn't get a full ride.
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Let's fast forward 10 years from now when Daddy isn't paying for her toys anymore and she's working a real job that maybe can't afford the next hot new sports car, or shoes, or spa day... What is your daughter going to feel then? What will she be excited to work towards or look forward to, because at 17 she already had one of the best cars on the road...?
I know old-schoolers hate this, but how about fast forwarding 10 years from the date of college graduation? Where will she be then? It's a crap shoot, but I'm the "education" camp v. "work my *** off with crazy student debt" camp. My guess, knowing my daughter, she'll be picked up by a huge firm of her choosing and be fine.

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First, Im kinda shocked she wants to go from an RC350 to a Corvette. For a daily the Lexus is much nicer and a better ride while still being pretty fast. If she can be trusted with it i say go for it. I had a new trans am in HS and am still here today to tell about it. Actually still have that car 22 years later.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:03 PM
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''DAD'' can I have a car too?
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Wait - so you ask a forum for their feedback on giving your 17 year old daughter a new Corvette? Parenting by consensus or loss of control.....?
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:26 PM
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Every situation is different. All people are different. You know your daughter better than we do. If you think she can handle it and you have stressed how dangerous the car can be if driven improperly, then buy it for her.
My dad bought me a brand new Austin Healey 3000 for my 16th birthday. Why? I didn't ask, but I sure liked it! Seriously up to the age of 16 he made me work for everything. When I was seven years old he put me in charge of landscape maintenance for our house and other various chores and this was his reward to me for never skipping a beat. I guess he figured I was mature enough or something like that. I had that car for twelve years and it looked better than new when I gave it to my younger brother.
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Mayor111 View Post

I grew up in a very wealthy town, and my father did extremely well for himself...but he taught me to EARN the finer things in life, so I would learn to appreciate them. To me you have to EARN a high priced toy like a Vette...or you will NEVER appreciate it.
Good point! On the flip side, I grew up in an extremely bad area and we had to save to be poor. But I too was taught to work hard and value things I worked for. So Im sure you will make the right decision!
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Old 02-01-2019, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by brian18330 View Post
I know some of you are going to think I'm crazy but wanted some feedback. I bought a 19' 2LT for my daughter but didn't take delivery as of yet because I'm having second thoughts. She's only 17 and has been driving a Lexus RC350 for a year. She really wants a corvette but I don't want to be doing something wrong. She's had zero issues with her driving. I monitor her driving through an app that alerts me to high speed, rapid acceleration, hard stops etc. I figured all cars can go fast and we live in south Florida so there's so much traffic you can't really do much. I don't know just looking for some thoughts.
first congrats on the presumably high level of disposable income, enough to buy a new c7 2lt for your 17yo daughter, an obviously good use of funds unless you’re “rolling in it.” why stop there - can you move her up to a C7Z? Or better yet tap the richer relatives and get her up to a 570S! Of course she’ll like it, if you give her the idea!

the last serious point is my unsolicited opinion that you’re not really setting her up well in life ( unless she’s the next Ivanka) by giving her everything she wants, not to mention the chance I’m betting this car will be trashed for salvage soon enough. It just happened to my 18 yo son because I made the mistake of getting him a car “ for work” and it wasn’t even close to a c7.

of course everyone is different. My parents were immigrants so the help I got was getting some support for an Ivy League education from arguably (league tables like US News) a top three school in the country. For people scraping to get by, buying a car for your kids was verboten... I drove a borrowed car to the prom and my parent still have that thing in their garage decades later. Years later, fast forward, my education has served me well, and my garage is filled with enviable cars. Hence my biases...


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My daughter took her drivers license test in a '67 BB 4MT Coupe. Let her drive it on occasion but it was my car. Got her a 280ZX convertible for school/college. Today is she is all grown up & owns a 911 Carrera 4S 6MT that she lets me drive once in a while.
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I got my daughter a Cube to drive. Excellent birth control car.
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I would say no unless you first send her to the Spring Mountain Corvette driving school in Pahrump, Nevada. Too much car car for a teenager unless they're trained to drive it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by dbaker View Post
IMO,if you start them out driving a car with power they will learn to control it earlier.
It's the kids that drive a Civic,then move up to power are many times the ones that have wrecks.

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Or....they will not know how to handle basic driving skills and have those problems amplified by a high performance machine (more likely). You can't skip the experience part of driving and learning new situations even if the driver has ability. I personally wouldn't role the dice at 17 years young. Let the idea of the corvette marinate for while in her head. It will make it much more special when she gets one in the end and be a lot safer. An RC350 is already much nicer than 99.9% of 17 year olds cars. Did she pick that car and already wants to change it? I don't begrudge any parent who has money and wants to buy their children nice things when they have the ability, but the downside may be safety, or not appreciating working hard for something,etc. All yours to weigh as a parent (lucky you).

I was obsessed with cars when I was 14. I saved my money early on and still wasn't allowed to buy a fast car out of the gate when I had money. My parents knew I would get here eventually (and I did by 21 and haven't looked back). I have two daughters now and I can tell you that they will be driving something safe and not a rocket while they're living under my roof.
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I appreciate your daughter is a good kid.

However, have you considered the greatly increased peer pressure she will have to endure by driving such a fast and flashy car?

Even with good kids, the challenge at that age is they quite often don't have the depth of experience to resist the pressure of their peers wanting them to use poor judgment.
Everyone will be asking/daring her to race.
Everyone will be begging her to "let's see how fast it is".
Everyone will be a new best friend and asking to drive.

And you (the parent) are subjecting her to all that additional pressure for what? To spare a 17-year-old child the embarrassment of driving a really nice new Lexus RC?

I think you are too focused on being her buddy instead of her parent. One of the best things a parent can teach their child is patience -- the "immediate gratification" mindset can lead to really bad decisions. Not everything is right for every age.

Also, think about this: Does a professional race car driver start off his career driving a 1,000HP Formula 1 car? Why not?

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Are you sure you aren't my brother from another mother

I was just like you with my son. I refused to let him work and insisted on good grades. He is now attending school at School of Mines, so that thought process paid off. I'm having to sort of pay for his schooling, but that is all good. I had promised him, if he kept top grades and got into one of the top two schools, he had applied to, I would buy whatever car he wanted. He did his part and I kept my promise. Only one thing, neither of us counted on....School of Mines is redoing all their parking and freshmen can not have their cars there. lol.

OP, as has been said, you do what you think/know is best for your daughter. Heck I bet everyone on here tells our kids how we walked up hill to school everyday.


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I'm doing the same thing with my 15yr old daughter. I refuse to let her work but I insist she maintain her 4.0+GPA and work on applying to colleges (probably a full ride). That's a full time job in itself. She might not get accepted to a top tiered college and certainly isn't an Olympic hopeful. Daddy is not even close to being rich, but I can cover her 100% even if she doesn't get a full ride.

I know old-schoolers hate this, but how about fast forwarding 10 years from the date of college graduation? Where will she be then? It's a crap shoot, but I'm the "education" camp v. "work my *** off with crazy student debt" camp. My guess, knowing my daughter, she'll be picked up by a huge firm of her choosing and be fine.
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I'd have no problem with my daughter owning a C7.

I would not let my son within 10 feet of a C7, let alone own one.

Double standard? You betcha!

If I had the money, i'd let her own one. But, NO OTHER DRIVERS. I trust her to do as I ask. Would never trust my son
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