Either drive the mini van and smile each time you turn the key to go someplace or walk/hitch rides to your destination. Looking at it your way sounds kinda selfish to someone who doesn't have a vehicle...
Grow up. You have a car. Be happy. Dont blow your college money on a car when you already have one. Remember your parents are paying your insurance and its probably cheaper on the van compared to whatever silly chunk of metal you want. Car insurance on kids is very expensive and some car models are WAY more expensive than others. Also, since you are 16 you cant buy a car legally, youre parents would have to co-sign and be responsible for it. Plus they may know the car you want is less reliable, more expensive to maintain and a gas hog - all of which THEY would be responsuble for.
At 16 I drove our old family station wagon. Yet I soon found out I was more in need by all of my friends I could stuff in it, than I thought possible! Take us here, take my speakers home, they won't fit in my car, party at the quarry! Who do you think hauled all of the ice coolers , chairs, and changing tents? That little van of yours can become quite handy, when you have friends like mine who didn't care what it was, as long as it got you from point A to point B intact! And let me tell you this, I got more from my friends than gas money, we all still remember that 67 Chevy wagon quite fondly, considering it hauled us all to the drive-in every Friday night! Ahhhhh! the steamed up windows! Nuff said. ;)
The reason your parents are doing this is because YOU ARE 16 and thru are doing this thing that do many parents don't seem to be interested in doing. They are PARENTING! So you are 16. Deal with it. In 2 years you can legally move out on your own, buy whatever kind of vehicle you want, and there you have it!
I'm not going to sugarcoat my answer...you are spoiled in a bad way..you are totally ungrateful and unworthy and thankful to have a car..Millions have *no car* no job* no home *no food *and * no parents *no bank account* and you get on here and complain about having a car and money and caring loving parents...the_answer YOU are very mean spirited and UNGRATEFUL..how dare you trash your parents..U need to go to your parents and thank them for buying you a car and paying your insurance..and giving you money to put in "your bank account"..