Siblings Choose Different Paths in Life and End up With Vastly Different Sets of Wheels. Father Insists He Doesn’t Have Favorites! Is This Fair?!

No two children are alike and need different things and this Dad of two says he does not favor either of his children. But surely actions speak louder than words…does this seem fair to you?! 

Two Different Rewards

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The Original Poster (OP), a 56-year-old father of two, has one son aged 28 and a daughter aged 22.

He wonders whether he was wrong in how he rewarded his children. 

Individual Needs, Get Individual Rewards

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OP, who claims to love his children equally, acknowledges that they are different individuals with different needs and priorities.

He has helped both his children based on their respective needs, despite the fact that they are not the same.

He Took a Different Path

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After graduating, OP’s son, who did not do well in high school, decided to attend a community college. 

He realized after just one semester that college was not for him, so he went to trade school and eventually settled on a career in HVAC. 

He Was Practical

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Although he had a hard time sticking to things, the father rewarded his son’s certification in HVAC by buying him a brand-new truck as a gift.

She Was Academic

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Meanwhile, OP’s daughter had been more academically inclined since high school, so when she got accepted into a good college out of state, it came as no surprise to the father. 

Assumptions…

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When she was about to finish high school, she assumed her father would also buy her a new car, even though he had never promised her one. 

When the father explained to her that a college student in a big city would have no use for a car, she asked if he could help with her tuition. 

A Car, But in HIS Name!

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OP declined, as he had not paid for his son’s trade school.

When his daughter seemed down, OP offered to buy a used car in his name, which she could use until he decided to sell it. She would have to maintain it, though. 

Good Enough

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His daughter was happy with this arrangement, so OP purchased a 99 BMW for a low price. 

Although the body was in good condition, the car needed work on the engine and transmission and required a new coat of paint.

Only the Essentials

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His daughter initially fixed the car’s essentials but gradually started doing unnecessary repairs, even though her father had not requested them.

She also repainted most of the car and had the interior detailed. 

It Is Listed

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When she returned home after finishing her finals, her father decided it was time to sell the car and listed it.

The daughter seemed upset, even though they had previously agreed to sell it, and the father had never asked her to repaint the car.

Differing Values

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She thought he would sell it much later when it rusted and believed he could sell it for a higher price because of her improvements. 

OP explained that the price of used cars had risen significantly since he bought the BMW before the pandemic, and that’s why he could sell it for more. He also offered to pay her back half of the paintwork.

Was He Clear Enough?

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Now, OP is questioning whether he is in the wrong situation.

He believed he had made it clear he was going to sell the car and never asked his daughter to spend extra money on it.

However, he also feels bad that he upset her and that she had spent so much time and money fixing up the car. 

It’s Not Fair!!!

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Ace80908 said, “And “helping based on their needs” is you knowing you favor your son and treating your daughter like trash.” 

Rumbled…It’s Clear Who Your Favorite Is!

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Another wrote, “You bought your son a brand new truck, and you’re not even willing to allow your daughter to keep a used car that you got “really cheap”? Yeah, you’re wrong, and you don’t “help your kids based on their needs”, you favor one of them massively.”

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