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(NPR)   American teens used to look forward to car ownership as the ultimate ticket to freedom, and getting laid. Now, they're too damn lazy get a job to buy some wheels, and getting a ride to GameStop in mom's minivan is just fine, even if they're 29   (npr.org) divider line 36
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2013-08-19 12:39:42 AM
8 votes:
Shouldn't you be on a balcony yelling at a Muppet.
2013-08-19 12:55:16 AM
7 votes:
American teens in the 50's:

topyaps.com

60's:

www.empireonline.com

70's:

2.bp.blogspot.com

80's:

content8.flixster.com

2000's:

sweetsavageblood.files.wordpress.com
2013-08-19 12:28:11 AM
7 votes:
farm6.staticflickr.com
2013-08-19 12:45:16 AM
5 votes:
Wait until this generation finally gets jobs, then looks in the mirror and sees 35 staring them in the face and realizes they never got to live out their youth.

Buy stock in BMW and Just For Men.  You're going to be able to see the midlife crisis from space.
2013-08-19 12:27:57 AM
3 votes:

markie_farkie: I walked to work for 18 months from 82 to 83 to save up for my first car, a  used 77 Trans Am (Bandit with gol eagle decals, T-tops, black on black, the whole 9 yards) and it still didn't get me laid.


It must have been the short shorts and knee-high striped socks that doomed me.


You know, these days short shorts and knee-high striped socks could get you laid if you wore them ironically.
2013-08-18 10:52:29 PM
3 votes:
This article surprises me. I thought Obama had turned the economy around and there were jobs galore.
2013-08-19 02:25:02 AM
2 votes:
I've only had four cars in my life.

Sold one, wiped one out, one drove off in the night without me in it.

Still have my trusty POS truck.  Nobody wants to buy it, nobody wants to steal it, and nobody's stupid enough to get in its way.
2013-08-19 02:19:51 AM
2 votes:

tinfoil-hat maggie: you're still a d+ck

upload.wikimedia.org

2013-08-19 02:10:15 AM
2 votes:

E5bie: Several times my husband has brought home 200 lbs of groceries loaded into a bike trailer designed for 2 infants.


Those must be some huge infants. Hope everything sprung back okay.
2013-08-19 12:55:48 AM
2 votes:
Oh my goodness, things are now different than they were. Oh, what ever will we do.
2013-08-19 12:39:27 AM
2 votes:
Sounds like YOU are working for your CAR, man!

/Simpsons
2013-08-19 12:31:37 AM
2 votes:
Why bother driving when you can socialize 24/7 on your smart phone?
2013-08-18 11:45:10 PM
2 votes:
If the cars parked in front of our tech support (phone) building are any indication, they use the money they save from living at home to rice out their cars.
2013-08-18 10:45:22 PM
2 votes:
I walked to work for 18 months from 82 to 83 to save up for my first car, a  used 77 Trans Am (Bandit with gol eagle decals, T-tops, black on black, the whole 9 yards) and it still didn't get me laid.


It must have been the short shorts and knee-high striped socks that doomed me.
2013-08-19 03:04:41 PM
1 votes:
"Oh, get a job? Just get a job? Why don't I strap on my job helmet, and squeeze into a job cannon and fire off into job land, where jobs grow on jobbies!"
- Charlie Day, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia


/Can't believe no one has posted this yet.
2013-08-19 12:44:04 PM
1 votes:
My first car was a Ford Econoline with a bed in the back. All it got me was the nickname "Chester the Molester".

Smeggy Smurf: studebaker hoch: A car will not get you laid.

A private dorm room will get you laid.

Buy a van with a bed in it.  That will get you laid.

I'm going to buy my stepdaughter's first vehicle.  A beat to hell truck.  She'll pay for gas, I'll teach her to change the oil.  I'll pay for the liability insurance.  I'm thinking something along the lines of a late 80's Chevy half ton pickup.  Preferably with a shiatty paint job, a V-6 and the dents will have dents.

2013-08-19 11:54:31 AM
1 votes:
Searching thread for "my first car": 22 results

Way to make it all about you.
2013-08-19 10:56:15 AM
1 votes:
Doesn't surprise me any. Have you seen cars today? The cheapest car Ford sells is still basically a spaceship. Even if they are 10 times more reliable than the ones we had coming up, how can we expect a teenager to afford the maintenance and repair on such a sophisticated machine? Not to mention insurance, gas etc etc.

Still, some of the best nights of my whole life were loading my buddies into a car and driving back and forth between the 5 or 6 hotspots in my suburban town just to see who was there, smoking cigarettes and trying to figure out where the girls were. I'm sure to anyone who came up in the age of cell phones, that sounds absolutely retarded, but it was pure freedom for us.
2013-08-19 10:19:48 AM
1 votes:

lack of warmth: durbnpoisn: There is one big glaring problem with today's cars.  Inspection.  Here in NJ, where inspection is mandatory, the only way to pass is to plug the car into their computer, and presumably, they will tell you what is wrong with it.  Nowadays ALL cars have to have these sorts of interfaces, even though they don't work with a shiat.  Case in point...  My wife's 1999 Volvo wouldn't pass because the check engine light is on.  "Well, what do I need to fix?"  "I don't know.  The computer doesn't say.  So I can't pass your car."

We were planning on saving that car for our son, who will be driving in a couple of years.  But considering it will likely never pass inspection again, that doesn't seem likely.

Couple that with the cost of newer cars, gas, and insturance...  I don't see how any teenager working at McDonalds could afford anything BUT their car, assuming they could afford even that.

CSB
My dad had a 2000 Ford Ranger that gave him the same problem.  His mechanics couldn't get it fixed and he was at a loss for a vehicle.  The code simply read #5 cylinder misfiring and the mechanics kept thinking electrical.  So, he bought a 2010 F-150 and then used it to trailer the Ranger to me because MI doesn't have inspections.  It runs so I just start driving it and doing my usual maintenance babying that I do to my cars.  Two weeks after I got it the check engine light went off and eventually stayed off.  The cure:  fuel injector cleaner, it had a fouled injector causing the cylinder to not fire right.

The codes only give you the symptoms of the problem, a good mechanic can narrow down the exact problem.  Sometimes you get a mechanic that is too single minded.


A pair of wire snips will also take care of that problem.  Snip - No more check engine light. I know it isn't a good solution but it is a solution.
2013-08-19 07:45:33 AM
1 votes:

Revmachine21: 42 yo woman here, I am car free! I love it. No hassles with car salesmen, no hassles with car repair dudes, no hassles with fuel, no parking hassles, no hassles with the government for licensing and emissions, or insurance issues.  I budget one car rental weekend a month, and buy supplemental insurance from the car rental agency as I don't carry a policy on myself as a named non-owner driver.

Here are my tips and tricks for making it work:
* I use public transportation, purchasing a discounted pass from a college where I take 1 college course.
* I have a personal shopping cart for the daily, weekly runs.
* I shop for heavy stuff when I have the rental car, when I don't have the car I make due without.
* I rent from Enterprise, their cheapest car with USAA membership ran ~$100 for a weekend with fuel.

Renting with Enterprise rocks, many of their rental agencies deliver the car to your door, with drop off service.



How many cats do you own?
2013-08-19 06:52:06 AM
1 votes:
theinfosphere.org
2013-08-19 05:25:07 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com

We're making the next generation pay money they don't have for degrees they don't need for jobs that won't exist.

Like the Wall St Crash; things are slowly building to a head, and when it breaks, things will become very bad for EVERYONE, very quickly, without warning.  And it will be unbprecedented, so no one will know what do do.  The standard of living will be rocked like it's never been before for millions.

Except for the mega-rich.  They will weather the storm just fine.
2013-08-19 03:54:11 AM
1 votes:

Sbdolan: Middle class really sucks now.


Middle class isn't what it used to be. Decades ago, a family could live comfortably on one salary, and you'd get an employer-provided pension so you wouldn't have to worry about retirement.

Nowadays, healthcare costs have skyrocketed, education costs have skyrocketed, transportation costs are higher, but middle class wages have stagnated (in fact, gone down taking inflation not account). A dual income is needed to make ends meet (which adds additional costs, like child care). And forget about a pension - better make sure that you're putting some money into a 401k, whether you can afford to do so or not.

A lot of people in this country think they're middle class, but they're really not. They're working class people living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling just to get out of debt, much less get ahead in life.
2013-08-19 03:37:52 AM
1 votes:

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: As a 17 year old, we have to deal with a unique situation in American societal history that no previous generations had to contend with. We don't have the access to opportunities that our grandparents did, or the promise of high paying jobs out of high school, or the ability to get a higher education without taking out loans.

I tried to get a summer job, and the only one offered to me was a courier at my step-dad's real estate company. I would have been out walking during the hottest part of the day, and only making $15 per hour.

Excuse us if we're content to stay home and make an impact on the world through blogs and social media instead of working for slave wages so we can live some antiquated American dream.


www.jamspreader.com
2013-08-19 02:44:09 AM
1 votes:
As a 17 year old, we have to deal with a unique situation in American societal history that no previous generations had to contend with. We don't have the access to opportunities that our grandparents did, or the promise of high paying jobs out of high school, or the ability to get a higher education without taking out loans.

I tried to get a summer job, and the only one offered to me was a courier at my step-dad's real estate company. I would have been out walking during the hottest part of the day, and only making $15 per hour.

Excuse us if we're content to stay home and make an impact on the world through blogs and social media instead of working for slave wages so we can live some antiquated American dream.
2013-08-19 01:53:45 AM
1 votes:

Harry_Seldon: Quantum Apostrophe: It can't possibly the end of the cheap energy fiesta and people's priorities change as a consequence?

It is Obama's fault. The Clash for Clunkers program removed large numbers of perfectly good used vehicles from the market.


WHAT! I could have gotten The Clash for my clunker? Son of  Biatch did I miss a deal!
What the Clash might have looked like...

i773.photobucket.com
2013-08-19 01:53:26 AM
1 votes:
JorgIX

studebaker hoch
 A car will not get you laid.

A private dorm room will get you laid.


Being good looking will get you laid.

Although explaining to your date that you need to meet her at whatever location because you don't own a car and you need to use the bus to get there won't exactly make her moist either.
2013-08-19 01:37:17 AM
1 votes:

Mikeyworld: CSB/
My first car was $45. A 1949 Plymouth Sedan, six-banger with a slushamatic transmission (manual shift with a torque convertor). It was the same age as me. I was stocking at the local grocery, making minimum wage...$1.75. Gas was about 32¢/ gallon and smokes were 25¢ a pack. I bought one every morning on the way to the bus stop for school. The back seating was large enuf to almost stretch your legs out. It was a hideous flat green, army-looking color. After I graduated high school, I got a real job making $2.73/ hour and moved up to a Dodge Coronet with a a 318cid. It raced against Volkswagens and Opel Kadets, but it was a major panty-dropper. I lived high on the hog until Uncle Sam came and said, "Here's your gun...gimme that guitar".
//end CSB


CSG: Cool Story Gramps
2013-08-19 12:52:54 AM
1 votes:

Voodoo_Stu: I've been thinking about going carless, but I have to ask any one who has:  How the heck do you get groceries home?


Never had a problem with this as my neighborhood has several grocery stores within walking distance (including a 24 hour Safeway.) Seems like it would be difficult if you didn't have a grocery store a short walk away.

If you have a lot of groceries there's delivery options in most areas. Those personal shopping carts are handy too, they sell them at hardware stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.
2013-08-19 12:48:41 AM
1 votes:

JasonOfOrillia: markie_farkie: I walked to work for 18 months from 82 to 83 to save up for my first car, a  used 77 Trans Am (Bandit with gol eagle decals, T-tops, black on black, the whole 9 yards) and it still didn't get me laid.


It must have been the short shorts and knee-high striped socks that doomed me.

You know, these days short shorts and knee-high striped socks could get you laid if you wore them ironically.


Uhh, I'm pushing 50 in a little over a year.

Doing that would be more pathetic than ironic!!
2013-08-19 12:48:25 AM
1 votes:
So much vindictive spite aimed at the age groups with the least amount of money and power. Previous generations stripmined the opportunity out of this country, and now the kids left with the scraps get kicked around and spit on for not taking advantage of all the opportunities that don't exist anymore.

Seems like a good enough distraction. I mean, as the middle class shrinks more and more, who else do they have left to look down upon to blame their troubles on? Can't have them looking in the other direction along the food chain, can we?
2013-08-19 12:47:12 AM
1 votes:

Voodoo_Stu: I've been thinking about going carless, but I have to ask any one who has:  How the heck do you get groceries home?


Just push them home in the shopping cart
2013-08-19 12:25:09 AM
1 votes:
if you look at the study they cite, one of the biggest disparities between groups of kids that have their licenses by the time their 18 and those that don't is their household income, and the biggest reason cited for kids that don't have licenses is not having a car.  it probably makes sense that in the wake of a recession and a steadily increasing income disparity there would be a decrease in teenage car ownership/licensing.

/haven't owned a car in 6 years, sh*t's overrated
//is "i don't even own a car" the new "i don't even have a tv?"
2013-08-18 11:39:09 PM
1 votes:
After getting my license drove Moms 73 Laguna wagon. The seats folded down. Good times.
2013-08-18 11:17:59 PM
1 votes:
I loved driving when I was a kid because I lived in the farking suburbs and it was the only way out.
2013-08-18 10:33:32 PM
1 votes:
Subby sounds bitter that he has to make insurance payments and spend hard-earned cash on gas.
 
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