It’s Father’s Day, and this is the time of the year where you let your old man know how special he is. Realistically speaking, this is also one way for you to “sipsip” so you may get a slight raise your allowance. Chances are, if you can relate to the previous statement you are still living under your dad’s roof and proving yourself to him.
Now, how can you get your father to trust you with possibly his most prized possession a.k.a. his car?
Maybe you want to hang out with friends or there is an out of town trip that you want to be a part of, or perhaps there is a special someone that you want to impress on a date? If you really want to get the car, and your dad’s approval, here are a few things that you can try in order to borrow or even get your own car.
Wash the car
Get a bucket or two, some car shampoo, and a hose and wipe all that dirt and grime off the iron horse that your dad so cherishes. There is nothing more heartwarming to a father than seeing his offspring taking care of the very thing that he has worked hard to achieve. Whether it is an old clunker or a new acquisition, the man likes to roll up to work presentable.
It’s important to wash the car properly. Read up on how to wash a car without giving it those dreaded swirl marks. If you time it just right, you may be able to catch your dad before he goes to work. Finish before it is his time to leave so he won’t have to wait for you to finish. You can also wash it on the weekends. If your father is proactive with taking care of his vehicle, perhaps you could join him in giving the car a bath. He will undoubtedly notice the gesture and will thank you for it – hopefully with more than just words.
Take it in for service
Ask if he would like some company as he waits for the car to finish its service. Usually a service would take at least 3 hours and more. That’s time that could have been spent with the family on a Saturday morning. So the solution is, to bring the family to the service. Time is precious for your old man, and he is worried that he might not be able to spend enough time with his kids.
Or, if you already have the license to drive, you can show him some initiative and bring the car in to the casa yourself. Familiarize yourself with the user manual and match it to the odometer reading of the car. Make sure that you’re following your service booklet as well, and lay it out for your dad. Even if your dad refuses your help, it might get him thinking that you’re someone who is knowledgeable and responsible who is ready to take on the responsibilities of taking care of a car.
Offer to drive him on the weekends
There is a chance that your father is a busy man, even on the weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are often devoted to friends and family. Your dad might have a meal with his barkada from time to time, so maybe it’ll do you some good to offer him a chauffeur for the day – you.
Show him how smooth you drive and how well you park. Some passenger dads do sleep in the car on occasion, however. We can’t blame them, they’re tired from working all week long, so it’s acceptable to give them a break. What you don’t want to do is wake them or excite them on the way to their luncheon with friends.
Don’t come home late or drunk
There is nothing more worrying about a child that has found the wonders of alcohol. It’s worrying because if you combine a teen with a need for speed with a knack for chugging beers on a Friday night, then boy your father is going to err on the side of caution and withhold that automobile. Now we understand, sometimes you drink too much at a party, and get inebriated by “accident”. As much as possible, don’t be that guy sitting face down at the bar table. It is also important to come home at a reasonable time. If your dad allowed you out, chances are he has given you a curfew. Just follow his rules.
Stock up on knowledge and strike up a conversation
Get to know the car inside and out. Help your dad take care of the car by taking the time and effort to get to know the automobile. Get to know the service schedule and notify your dad whenever it is time for a service, or perhaps get the latest news and reviews about the newest models and make it a talking point.
The key in this tip is to show genuine interest and an openness to responsibility and learning. You father will likely be able to trust you if you know as much, if not more, than him when it comes to automobiles. Keep updated on news, and talk to him about it. It could be a bonding experience that lets your father know that you care.
You may now take the car out. Though we do not guarantee the results, we do intend that a car should not be something to fight about. These machines are meant to bring people from point A to point B. To us, however, it means more than that. I’ve been able to bond with my father about cars for as long as I can remember. My friends have also shown that they are capable of being responsible drivers – and all because they showed initiative to bond, sipsip, and take care of not only the car, but their fathers as well.
Happy Father’s Day from the team at AutoDeal!