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 The family purpose doctrine applies only if the vehicle is 'maintain[ed] . . . for the purpose of providing pleasure or comfort for [the] family.' Camper, 915 S.W.2d at 447. This 'pleasure or comfort' language became part of the doctrine at a time when vehicles represented a newly available technology and were used primarily for recreation, having not yet become a necessary component of everyday life. 


In Gray v. Mitsky, 280 S.W.3d 828 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2008), the plaintiff sued the father of the driver of a car that rear-ended her vehicle. The father, who was the registered owner of the car, testified that he had given his son the car and that his son was not using the car for a family purpose. Id. at 829. The son testified that once his father gave him the car, it was the son's alone, that he was completely responsible for it, and that he was not using it for a family purpose. Id. His mother testified that she and the father had cancelled their insurance coverage of the car because it had been given to the son. Id. Nevertheless, the Court of ...

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