What do those of you with 4 or more DC do when your eldest is old enough to learn to drive?
We have 4DC, DS1 will be 17 soon. We have a big 7 seater which would be unsuitable for him to learn in, and DH has a smaller company car, but you have to be over 25 to drive it (company policy). Don't really want to buy a 3rd car, is there another option?
How often do you need your 7 seater, once older kids are 17+, except for holidays? Could we get away with a smaller family car?
We replaced our 7 seater when ours were 18, 16, and 13. I have been surprised how much we have missed it. There are only 5 in our family and I thought - we don't go out together that much, we won't need one, but then eldest got a long term relationship, so family meals etc became 6 and we couldn't do it.
No, neither of mine drove our car until they had passed, same with all my nieces and nephews and most of my dcs friends (of those I know about).
We have 2 cars, so, in the first year after passing, I put each of mine onto the 'old' / 'little' car's insurance - it is just a 1 litre engine and was already fairly scratched and battered. My nieces all had to wait until they have been able to afford their own cars. I think if you have one, family car, then it probably isn't realistic to put a 17 or 18 yr old on it, tbh. Probably far more useful to save for a small, 2nd runaround, an then they can help you out with a lot of the to-ing and fro-ing. I realise that is another insurance to pay, but in terms of costs vs usefulness it is something I'd aim to save for (insurance would be cheaper than on a bigger engine too).
We bought a small car for the DCs to learn in. We then SORN'd the 7 seater but kept it. We only really need the 7 seater for Summer holidays now so we tax it when needed and then SORN it again and claim the unsused tax months back.