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Can I borrow your car for prom?

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I've been waiting for this. We are very close to the family across the street, including their children. Their oldest boy is going to prom. His parents recently seperated and things are tough over there and money is tight. His car doesn't work and he and his friends haven't been able to come up with enough money for a limo. I knew he was working up the balls to ask me if he could borrow my brand new Z. Well, he finally did. I feel bad for him, and I never even got to go to prom and nobody in his family really has a cool car. But, never mind insurance woes, I just can't do it, plus if his parents knew he had asked they would freak out. I plan to either let my son use my Z or rent him a limo, but that's a few years away thankfully and the car will be a little older, but I've only had this car for a MONTH!!! It only has 1400 miles on it. I'm not mad at him for asking, hell it took too much guts, but I hate that I feel so bad for not letting him. He's such a great kid.

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You did the right thing obviously, I wouldn't even trust my own son to use my car to go to prom :P

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Wow, thats pretty ballsy. I did not let my son borrow the Corvette for his prom. Instead, I rented him a nice limo. Maybe your neighbor son could rent a Town Car or something and have someone drive it?

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i saved up and got a limo for 6 hours after prom (in 4 weeks) and its about $25... but im showing up before prom in style.... 70 chevelle! :P my friend is driving me, i wouldnt dare ask to borrow it :unsure:

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I would gladly drive them if it wasn't a 2 seater. lol His folks don't have a credit card so they can't rent a car. Maybe my next door neighbor will drive them in her '07 LTZ Tahoe with 22's. :AH-HA_wink:

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I had a friend's son ask me 8 years ago the same thing - however, I had a '99 Grand Am GT1 Sedan and it was over a year old at the time. He and his mom knew they'd be financially responsible if any damage was done, and I let him know that the backseat was not for "prom night baby-making sessions"! :lol: But I knew these people well, and it was a similar situation to what your neighbors are going through (financial hardships, poor family structure, lack of a decent car, etc.). I felt bad and in my heart couldn't say "no" - however, the wife <fiancee at the time> was not thrilled with the idea. Though I can definitely see your point - a 2-seater sports car that is still brand-spankin' new - is really out of the question. Maybe he asked just so he could say to his friends that he did ask you?

I've been at my school for six years now and it's not a "money" district. I've been a chaperone at each and every Senior Prom since I started teaching there and am amazed at the vehicles these kids get for prom. The ones with money are the ones to rent the limo's - I've seen them all, including super-stretch Hummer H2s and super-stretch Ford F350s with a hot tub in the back. And then the kids with some money will get a family or friend's vehicle that's done up nice - last year there was a tricked out '96 Impala SS and a '60s Dodge - that shines for that night (Yukon Denali and Caddy Escalades, stock and customized, are the norm too). The kids without the extra income just drive their everyday ride and show up to have fun at the prom regardless.

I'm sure this kid will make do with what he can; don't feel bad (if you do, then find a way to help him out and make his night really enjoyable :AH-HA_wink: ).

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my school is pretty wealthy (unfortuantley, im not) so every kid gets their own party bus or $2500 limo rental for the night.... while my $500 town car has set me back a few months... <_<

whats also weird is that while everyone goes to parties afterwards, i dont drink (when you dont drink, you do NOT fit in at a high school party) so ive pretty much turned down all the parties ive been invited too....we'll cruise to the city and have some late night fun around the city that never sleeps :P

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I've loaned cars to H.S. students I've known and not had a problem. Even loaned one I knew was responsible my Miata for two weeks strait. It came back washed, waxed, and full of gas.

I can see why you didn't loan the Z, but to me that is why I drive modern cars with insurance. Something happens, State Farm writes a check and all is O.K.

Chris

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I wouldn't loan anyone the GTO. I've only let my best of friends drive the GTO for about 3 minutes maximum. I wouldn't let anyone take it out for prom.

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I would just die if something happened to the car though, whether insurance would fix it or not. But, I don't think my insurance would pay off on a 17 year old destroying it, and he only has liability with 25/50/25. So he doesn't have enough insurance. I wish he at least knew how much thought my husband and I actually put into his request though. I really want to help.

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drove my 69 impy to my jr and sr prom, drove my dads z28 to my then gf's jr and sr prom. i can understand why you would be cautious cause we went out and raced a lil before the dancin part. my buddy snagged his dad's 66 convertible vette with a stroker motor, smoked a lightning and a couple mustangs and camaros that night in it. thats another reason

fast car+prom night = problem.

maybe help him rent a mustang or something go halfers with him? doubt there are many gt-350h's still out and about.

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Yeah.... I'm not surprised you said NO.

It is what it is, he'll live if he doesn't show up to Prom in a brand new

sports car but you might have a nightmare scenario on your hands if

something happened to your car, or god forbid someone got hurt in

an accident.

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I'm crazy possessive about my Aurora. I know how you feel. One of my best friends is getting his license soon, and part of me wants to help him out by taking him to a parking lot and all...but no I just can't do it.

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Tell him he can take my 94 Century. And then wreck it. :AH-HA_wink:

Seriously though, you did the right thing. He's young, it's a night when kids drink and act recklessly--and even if he doesn't drink, someone else could and do something stupid.

But for Prom, we all chipped in and got a 10-seater Town Car... then again, this was back in 1995... and the limo was only a fraction of the Prom tickets (one for me and my girl), to the Waldorf, a horse and carriage ride through Central Park, a Comedy Club afterwards, and Little Italy the next day.

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I could trade cars with sister-in-law for the night, and drive them to the prom in her car. It's an '07 Infiniti FX. It's as cool if not cooler than my car. What do ya think? At least it has a back seat, big ass wheels and it's loud as hell. LOL

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That's an idea...

They SHOULD be driven...my prom night involved binge drinking and almost blacking out, so they should not be behind the wheel of any car...

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I really wish they could have rounded up the money for the limo, it's the safest and they are all together, but I guess their parents aren't helping that much. I'll see if Mike thinks his sister would be willing to do that before I call her. I may ask the kiddo if he'd be down for it too, when I tell him "no" tonight. I haven't told him yet, I didn't want to just immediately say "hell no" and embarrass him, I wanted him to think I at least thought about it.

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Tell him he can take my 94 Century. And then wreck it. :AH-HA_wink:

i may have to take you up on that... :scratchchin: ill even pick it up!

if you look to sell that car, let me know :AH-HA_wink:

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Every time I glance at the list of lounge topics, my brain wants to read this one as " Can I borrow your car for porn?"

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finally, i was thinknin i was the only one doing that. i had to read it twice the first time i saw it hehe

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Haha, GMPG, you made the sane decision, anyone with a head on their shoulders would think the same way.... I wouldn't even think of asking my dad to lend me his Impala for prom... but then again, the lack of a date and other factors that make the whole thing trivial IMO mean I'm just not going to my senior prom this year.

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