In the grand tradition of proud, yet awkward and uncool moms the world over, I’m so very pleased to announce to you that my son has bought his first car.
A ’98 Honda Civic.
He paid cash. The kid negotiated and got a really good deal.
He didn’t even have to buy bumper stickers, as you can see by the ready supply already attached to the car. (Thank goodness they’re okay bumper stickers, eek!)
So much proud mom-ness.
So I got the wise idea to give my boy some unsolicited advice. I texted it to him. (Because true to his generation, he won’t answer the phone. Or listen to his voicemail.)
And then I got the even wiser idea to ask for your help. It takes a village, ya’ know!
Here’s what I told him:
- Unsolicited car advice #1— Have the oil changed, and the tires rotated while you’re at it, every 3,000 miles without fail. This is the single-best way to keep the car running forever. Or as forever as it’s gonna get.
- Unsolicited car advice #2— Since you don’t have a car payment, set aside $20-$50 each paycheck for a maintenance/emergency fund. This is far, far, far cheaper than a car payment. This way it won’t surprise you when the car needs a new valve cover seal or new tires one day—hopefully no time soon, but setting aside a little at a time will cover it.
- Unsolicited car advice #3- Have a hippie friend bless the car with you. The car will appreciate it and treat you well.
I’m no car whiz, so from me, that about covers it.
So what’s your unsolicited advice for my kid and his new car?
p.s. He named the car “Ronnie,” and I bet you can figure out why.