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Old 10-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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Camaro 1ls vs. Cruze 2lt

I'll start off by saying that I'm 15 years old and turning 16 a little after Christmas. So for my birthday/Christmas present, my mom wants to get me a Cruze 2lt. But I'm trying to persuade her into a 1ls (my dad's already on board). The thing about the 1ls is that my dad and I absolutely hate the wheels. Looking around the classifieds earlier, I saw a set of nice wheels for $700. How much do you think insurance would be for a 16 year old with a Camaro?
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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Congrats on getting a car for a birthday/Christmas present. You'll probably get a lot of flack on here from jealous/envious folks, so be prepared.

I have a 2012 1LS and honestly I don't think the steelies are that bad... If it were between the Cruze 2LT and the Camaro 1LS, I'd still go with the Camaro. One perk to point out is the new Camaros are 5 star crash rated so you'd be safe in them.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:46 PM   #3
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I'll start off by saying that I'm 15 years old and turning 16 a little after Christmas. So for my birthday/Christmas present, my mom wants to get me a Cruze 2lt. But I'm trying to persuade her into a 1ls (my dad's already on board). The thing about the 1ls is that my dad and I absolutely hate the wheels. Looking around the classifieds earlier, I saw a set of nice wheels for $700. How much do you think insurance would be for a 16 year old with a Camaro?
Ummm.... insurance for a 16 year old with a Camaro will be through the roof. Over $2,000 a year, easily, are the numbers I've been told by high-school kids with Camaro LT's. Get an SS and that number could double
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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Insurance alone will be enough to worry about get the Cruze.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:50 PM   #5
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@Meissen Thanks. I would be completely fine with the wheels on the ls Camaros, but I really like the 1lt wheels on the camaro.
@BowtieBelle That's what my parents are worried about...

Couldn't I be the main driver on a different vehicle of ours, then have cheaper insurance?
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I'm sure the situations are 100% dependent on state laws and regulations, but here in Michigan the insurance agents my family always used said that I could be added to the policy but I didn't have to be placed as a primary driver on any of the vehicles. I got my 1994 Camaro when I was 16 (I paid for it, though) and that way I could drive the camaro fully insured and not have any hassles. See if your parent's insurance company would be willing to work the same deal out to get a lower rate. At first I think we put me on as the primary driver on one of the other vehicles, and that's when the insurance agent said not to put me as the primary driver on any of the vehicles but just add me to the policy in general, that way the premiums weren't as high.
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I'll start off by saying that I'm 15 years old and turning 16 a little after Christmas. So for my birthday/Christmas present, my mom wants to get me a Cruze 2lt. But I'm trying to persuade her into a 1ls (my dad's already on board). The thing about the 1ls is that my dad and I absolutely hate the wheels. Looking around the classifieds earlier, I saw a set of nice wheels for $700. How much do you think insurance would be for a 16 year old with a Camaro?

I would advise getting insurance in your parents name.
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The camaro is soooo much cooler than the cruze. Make sure you prove to your parents you can handle the camaro.

In my case, insurance for a honda civic was the same as my 2012 1lt. But in either case, it was still expensive because I was 16.
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I would advise getting insurance in your parents name.
Just curious but why? I'm 26 and still share the insurance policy with my parents and I just pay them for my vehicles. They get a fleet discount with the number of vehicles between us so it's always worked out great.
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@Meissen Thanks. I would be completely fine with the wheels on the ls Camaros, but I really like the 1lt wheels on the camaro.
@BowtieBelle That's what my parents are worried about...

Couldn't I be the main driver on a different vehicle of ours, then have cheaper insurance?
You could be primary driver on a different vehicle, sure, that's one way to do it, but get in one wreck or get one ticket in that Camaro and the policy will go through the roof. And the fact that you'll still be a listed driver on the Camaro will still make the policy premium high (I only say this because I work for a law firm that deals exclusively with car insurance companies, and I know it). Adding a sixteen year old to an insurance policy makes it go up substantially even if the cars on the policy are an SUV and a minivan

Good luck, though! Hope you can find a way to get your Camaro
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You could be primary driver on a different vehicle, sure, that's one way to do it, but get in one wreck or get one ticket in that Camaro and the policy will go through the roof. And the fact that you'll still be a listed driver on the Camaro will still make the policy premium high (I only say this because I work for a law firm that deals exclusively with car insurance companies, and I know it).

Good luck, though! Hope you can find a way to get your Camaro
I must have lucked out - I got in two accidents (first one was written on the report as being my fault, but I was not ticketed because the other person involved agreed that another car pulled out infront of me causing me to hydroplane and hit her, other accident was not my fault and the other driver was ticketed) and we had slight increases but nothing astronomical and they had no qualms with the fact that my mom was listed as the primary driver on the vehicle.
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I must have lucked out - I got in two accidents (first one was written on the report as being my fault, but I was not ticketed because the other person involved agreed that another car pulled out infront of me causing me to hydroplane and hit her, other accident was not my fault and the other driver was ticketed) and we had slight increases but nothing astronomical and they had no qualms with the fact that my mom was listed as the primary driver on the vehicle.
Not necessarily lucked out, but with the skyrocketing use of cell phones in the last five-six years, premiums for policyholders with teenagers have skyrocketed. When I was younger, before cell phones were a huge issue, our insurance wasn't too bad, even with a couple of wrecks. Now I have a couple of friends with teenagers and all they do is complain about the cost of insuring their kids.

Insurance companies make a fortune off the young ones, that's for sure.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:57 PM   #13
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Thanks for your comments everyone. My cousin who had a Cobalt SS was the primary driver on his family's Silverado, which saved them money. So even if the insurance companies didn't know who drove what in your family, having a fast car would make the insurance higher for a teenager?
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If you get the Camaro wheelsnext.com you can get wheels at a really good price to replace the steelies ! I did !
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