Posts Tagged ‘first world problems’

dude where’s my car?

March 30, 2011

** Click here for Episode 172 **

Mr Oliver Mann has just got himself a new Mannmobile, and as ever, where Olly leads, others follow. Or they at least wish to follow, as does Jimmy here:

How do I get my parents to get me a car?

I’m a 19-year-old at uni in Preston (no joke).
My parents got divorced about 3 years ago, my dad lives in the same town as my mum so I see him all the time. No worries there.

My dad is now married and my mum is to be August 6th. Both other halves are pretty cool and I’m not a twat so I don’t mind about that. We live in Harpenden (just next to St Albans). From end of July my mum is moving to a tiny village outside of Lincoln and my dad to London.

I passed my driving test last July and wasn’t bothered about my lack of wheels because I went to uni in a month. However, because i have such a long summer and my parents are moving away from where I’ve always lived I really want a car. Partly so I can do LADcar things like wear sunglasses and look cool and do impromptu road trips, but also so when we move I can visit both parents and my friends without spending 50 quid and 7 hours of my live going between places.

My mum and dad aren’t rich but they are not poor and they will be renting their houses and they both have jobs. I’m willing to buy my car, gonna get a cheap car like £400. My mum and dad don’t mind paying for some of the initial costs, but because they don’t talk it’s a nightmare trying to sort anything out.

All my mates have cars but I feel scabby getting lifts for the past 2 years. I have a job pulling pints (and ladies) and work about 35hrs a week so I can pay for petrol etc.

So! How can I get a car when I finish for uni and not be robbed off with more “I’ll talk to your mum, I’ll talk to your dad” BECAUSE THEY DON’T?

I sound spoiled but I’m not. They are both moving away and the least they could do is cough up a few hundred for MOT, tax and insurance. I even asked for nothing at Christmas and my birthday and said spend the money on this.

I’ll be paying for insurance monthly and it should be about £70.

Readers! Are you still paying attention, at the end of that lengthy missive? If so, go to the comments and suggest how Jimmy ought best make the case to each of the parental parties.

Although I think the time to strike was a couple of years ago, when he could have used their still-fresh divorce to guilt-trip them into buying him a car. Someone might as well have got something positive out of that bad situation, right? As it is, him forcing them together to discuss the car with a new marriage looming seems like a ruse that might have borne fruit in The Parent Trap.

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