Nissan GTR for a teenager?
Hey everyone, I am a 16 year old who runs a photography business in Nashville, TN. I have been saving up for a car for the last 7 years, originally for a BMW M3 or Audi S5. I have amassed about $25,500 to spend on the car, and have a steady income to pay for insurance and gas. There was a recent question asking whether it would be safe to give a child like myself a car like the M3 or the Nissan GTR. However, I feel as though such a generalized statement is grossly inappropriate. I feel that responsibility in an automobile should fully be determined by ones own experience and responsibility, as opposed to strictly ones age. For example, I have shifter cart racing experience, have taken multiple high performance driving courses from some of the best. (Truly recommend Bondurant's program BTW). I have over a 4.0 GPA, and am editor and director of an online magazine and our school's paper. I make a decent wage from a job and business that I created myself, and have learned marketing and advertising from some of the best in the field (anyone heard of the oldspice commercials?). My own determination has lead to success and my ability to reward myself with a highly exclusive and phenomonal driving machine. On the other hand, no one would doubt the maturity or ability of a man thrice my age attempting to buy the same vehicle, who had never driven on a track, who had never used ABS, and who had never learned the evasive driving techniques necessary to driving such an automobile. Herein lies the problem. In the previous discussion on this same topic, the driving of a GTR by someone my own age was likened to handing someone like myself a loaded .44 Magnum. However, this in itself is a stereotype. I am a nationally ranked rifle competitor who knows how to build, much less safely use, a .44 Magnum. I am a member of USA Shooting and the NRA and CMP competitive shooting divisions. How is handing me a loaded .44 any less safe than handing some retired man who has never held a gun the same pistol? I am at a loss for the logic in that situation. Is my inherent danger of being 16 such a risk as to counteract my own experience and track record of responsibility? SO back to my actual question. 1. If I purchased it, would you disapprove of allowing me to drive a car such as the GTR. and 2. Would you purchase a 2009 GTR, an 2008 M3, or a 2010 Jaguar XF? Why? Thanks in advance!
Asked By: - 12/12/2011
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Wow, these answers are flip for the size of the question asked. Let me post an alternative argument with some hard facts and numbers, the first being that I own a MY2012 GT-R myself. I also saved many years for the privilege, paying $35K down to get an interest rate of 2.99%. That rate is the result of many years... More
Answered By: Mark - 12/13/2011
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1. Who cares if we approve or not, use your judgment it is your life, that is a true sign of maturity. I think you would be fine though. 2. I would take the M3 because I like the styling most, it is the nicest car and the engine is not a high-strung forced induction time bomb.
Answered By: Max - 12/12/2011
1) Nobody cares dude, its your life... More
Answered By: Charly Brown - 12/12/2011
Nissan GTR, go for it That's a nice car.
Answered By: que x - 12/12/2011
Get the GTR. And I would only disapprove if you did not find me and let me drive it as well. Don't forget to use the launch control.
Answered By: Roxy - 12/12/2011
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