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(Reuters) – As Alice and Rick Sofield of Alexandria, Virginia, recently discovered, being the parents of a teenage driver can be an expensive proposition.

The Sofields’ 16-year-old daughter, Charlotte, earned her driver’s license last March. Since then, she has been in two car accidents. The first was in May, when she pulled out of a 7-Eleven parking lot and sideswiped a small car.

The result: some $2,500 damage, which insurance paid for, and dents and scratches on her mother’s Chevrolet Suburban .

The second accident was in mid-September, when Charlotte was driving a gift, her late grandfather’s 1998 Subaru Forrester . She totaled that after hitting a fellow student’s vehicle on her way out of the high school parking lot.

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