Dad Empties Daughter’s College Fund to Buy a ‘Classic’ Old Car – Is This Grounds for Divorce?

A man buys back his old 1972 Ford Bronco, which he had sold as a teenager using his infant daughter’s college fund behind his wife’s back.

A Classic Car

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As a teenager, the Original Poster’s (OP) father bought him a classic 1972 Ford Bronco, which became his true passion and a centerpiece of his high school memories.

A Shared Father-Son Bond

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He and his father spent countless hours working on it together, and it was the one thing that consistently brought them closer during rough patches.

Decision to Sell

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When he turned 19, he made a regrettable decision to sell the Bronco. Two months later, his father passed away, and he has always felt a karmic connection between the two events.

A New Baby

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Recently, he and his wife welcomed their first child, a baby girl. While his wife has returned to work, she has struggled to find daycare that she feels comfortable with and has expressed a desire to become a stay-at-home mom.

Post-Partum Stress

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Additionally, she has been dealing with the emotional and physical tolls of childbirth and breastfeeding, which have caused extra stress.

An Amazing Coincidence

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One day, while driving through their town’s warehouse district, the man saw a beat-up Bronco that resembled his old one. Curious, he stopped to look inside and discovered it was his old car!

He Has to Buy It!

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The current owner mentioned someone was willing to buy it for $21,000, but the protagonist offered to buy it for $23,000 on the spot.

Finding the Money

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He managed to scrape the money together by emptying their daughter’s college fund, maxing out his credit card, and getting help from his mother.

It Needs Work

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The protagonist was thrilled to have his old car back, even though it needs a lot of work that he can’t currently afford.

A Furious Response

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When he broke the news to his wife and her parents, they were furious with him. They felt he was deceptive and should have sacrificed everything to ensure his wife could stay home with their child.

The Money for College Fund

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They also felt that the money used to purchase the Bronco should have been put toward their daughter’s college fund.

Making Excuses?

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The man disagrees, believing they have plenty of time to set up a college fund and that the Bronco holds immense sentimental value for him. He sees it as a potential source of connection between him and his children in the future.

Thrilled With His Car

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Despite the backlash, he remains thrilled to have his old car back in his driveway and considers it the literal embodiment of happiness.

Is He in the Wrong?

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Redditors overwhelmingly said he was in the wrong. One user responded, “Who spends $23K without so much as speaking to their spouse first?”

PandaB00p said, “I’m not married or have kids, but this would be a deal breaker for me. I couldn’t call the divorce lawyer fast enough and double down on child support.”

What do you think? Is this grounds for divorce, or was this a once-in-a-lifetime purchase?

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