In the grand tradition of proud, but awkward and uncool moms the world over, I’m so very pleased to announce to you that my 23-year-old 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 many bumper stickers, as you can see. So much proud mom-ness.
So I got the wise idea to give my boy some unsolicited advice. I texted it to him.
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.
- 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—probably 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.
So what’s your unsolicited advice for my kid and his new car?