Getting my 17 year old son his own car was not really in our family budget. When my dad offered to give my son his old car, my son was thrilled. Sure, it wasn't a pretty car or one that would go fast, but that made me feel a little better about him driving independently. There was some work that needed to be done to get the car ready for the road, but that was something that my son could worry about. He started researching different auto shops in the area and finding the best prices on parts, and when he was done, he got a great deal on the work that the car needed and learned a lot in the process.