Damn your parents coddle the $hit out of you man. At your age I was living on my own in an apartment, paying my own way for everything including community college. I drove beaters until the age of 33, when I picked up my 2001 Accord in 2003. Take advice from this old man..... Don't worry about "car status" at your age. Just drive the damn thing, don't mod it. Save your money to either pay back your parents for their extreme generosity or to buy a house...unless your parents are going to coddle you for that too. That is why a lot of us are berating you for your attitude. You are basically griping about the vehicle part of your "free ride for everything", courtesy of your parents. I know a forum post cannot dictate the "tone" of speech. I'm not belittling you, I am your elder trying to give you a life lesson.