How to Find a Car for Your College Student

Your college student has places to go and people to meet, so it only makes sense that they have a reliable vehicle on their side for all their traveling needs. Finding a car is like finding a house, and it’s key to ensure your college student finds an operationally sound vehicle that’s a good fit for them. A great first step is encouraging your college student to create a checklist of non-negotiables they want for their car, whether that is heated seats or a navigation system. And of course, the most important factor when purchasing a vehicle is the price. Helping your college student look for their next car may be a daunting challenge, but we hope that our tips below will help you and your college student feel more secure during this exciting process. 

What Are Some Things For Your College Student To Consider When Looking For A Car?

  • Should they buy a new car or a used car? Many college students consider purchasing a used car because it costs less than buying a brand-new one. If this is your college student’s first car, buying a used car would be the best option; however, if you don’t want the challenges that come with used-car maintenance and repair, you and your college student can opt for a new car. 
  • If your college student goes with a used car, have them check how much air is left in the tires and what the cost is to replace them. 
  • How fuel efficient is the car? It is well-known that smaller cars get better gas mileage than larger ones. Researching how many miles per gallon you can expect from each car your college student considers helps determine how much they need to budget on gas every week. 
  • Is leasing a car on the cards for your college student? Finances are a huge concern, especially for college students, and if they don’t want a substantial financial commitment upfront, leasing may be their best option. This is where you finance your car through your car dealership and can drive the vehicle for a fixed duration, usually three to four years, before returning the car to the dealership. But beware- let your college student know not to scratch or dent the car, or they’ll incur additional fees!

What Features Are A Must In A Car, No Matter The Preference?

  • Most cars have this, but make sure the car has functional airbags! This is a life-saving feature you can count on if an accident happens. 
  • Automatic emergency braking is a necessary feature that “predicts” a possible collision and responds by activating the brakes autonomously to bring the vehicle to a stopping point to avoid impact. Don’t let this feature slip by on the checklist!
  • Your indicators are key to communicating with other drivers when switching lanes. When your indicators don’t work, there is a higher chance of accidents. After all, how can another driver know your intentions when your indicators don’t express them?

While it isn’t a “must” for your college student to have a car on campus, up to 70% of college students own cars or at least have access to one on campus. Having a car can be an excellent way for your student to have independence and freedom while teaching them responsibility. We hope your college student has smooth journeys ahead, but if the unprecedented happens, Tow Pro is here to help! Our crew specializes in towing, hauling, and roadside assistance services. We know that accidents happen and not just during the narrow 9-5 window. Our high-quality services are offered round the clock with a friendly demeanor and can-do attitude. Our number is (615) 856-TOWS (8697). Need us? Let us know your situation, and you can rely on us to be there!

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