Originally Posted by Nasher
With the greatest of respect - Where is the learning experiance for kids that get given a brand new car to drive?
What does that teach them other than to rely on somebody else to give them something that they can't fix, maintain, or take responsibility for themselves?
In our case it was a 2nd hand C1 which cost less than a restored classic mini and is hopefully a lot safer, reliable and more economical.
The learning experience? "the rewards of working hard", doing well at her exams, keeping a part time job for two years and getting a choice of two University places. Which will hopefully lead her to a career in Dentistry so she can afford to pay someone else's sons or daughters to; fix her cars, plumb, paint, build. etc.
What did that teach her? To keep following her chosen career path even though it's bloody hard!
I didn't and have diversified all my life. I can fix or fabricate most things mechanical, but I draw the line at DIY dentistry, tried it once.... so you see it's all part of my cunning master plan!
or if you want a nautical analogy, "ship's captains should be at the helm not down in the engine room stoking boilers".