I got my 2005 Mustang V6 before I had either my permit or license! I got it January '05. I got my permit June '05 and then my license June '06. From a first-hand view, it sure taught me a TON of responsibility and really made me grateful for all my parents do for me. You can ask any person I know "who takes care of their car more than anyone else?".. they'll all say me. I'm fanatical. It also taught me to be a better driver because I am much more cautious about little things that most kids with beaters arent.