We are entering August and for most college and university students that means it is move in month. College kids are scrambling to make sure they have everything they need, from comforters to textbooks.
Parents can be included in all of the madness, too, especially those who have freshmen in college. Some are sad to let their kids go out on their own for the first time and some are swamped trying to make sure the financial plan is in order.
Some are also setting up their college student with a used car or at least going through the buying process with their college student. Some campuses are kind of far and parents would rather let their student make the trek home instead of driving back and forth all the time, some students plan to have jobs or internships off-campus. Whatever the reason may be, there are many things to consider while buying a car, especially a used one which most college families decide on.
Some of the countless things to consider are fuel efficiency, auto insurance costs, overall cost, and safety features. It can be overwhelming and difficult to find a starting point in your used car search. It can be difficult to find one that best suits the needs of the driver as well.
However, experts took a look at typical college students buying used cars and their needs and compiled a list of some of the used vehicles that might be a good fit. Here are a handful of cars that people have found are worth looking into for college students and their families.
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
The average price of a used model falls around $16,430 and the combined mpg is 47. There are also many noteworthy safety features such as a rear-view camera as well as a blind-spot camera. Unfortunately, there is not much storage space in this vehicle, however many college students did not feel the need for it (until they moved back home at the end of the year, probably).
2013 Volkswagen GTI
The average price of a used VW GTI is $13,826 and the combined mpg is about 27. The highlights of this vehicle includes the comfort of the interior design and the excitement of the sport-style mechanics. It is also a hybrid which you cannot really go wrong with, since it will save a lot on gas in the long run.
2014 Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is extremely similar to the GTI for a little more budget friendly price of $12,770 and an mpg of 33. This vehicle also includes rear-view cameras and blind-spot/front-facing monitoring making safety a priority.
These are just a few vehicles that would be a good choice for a college student. If these do not suit your individual needs, hopefully it offers a good place to begin. College is more than just going to school, it is an entire lifestyle change and having the right car will at least make one area of a new independent lifestyle a little easier.
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