By Erin Campbell |Staff Writer|
The most desired feature is an auxiliary port in order to play music.
“My car must have an auxiliary port in order to play my music from my iPod,” said student Joy Dittmore.
Students said their must-have features for their cars include comfort, affordability, space, gas mileage, radio and easy to use functions like cruise control.
In addition to efficiency, plenty of cup holders, a good armrest and a moon-roof are also valuable features students and young adults look for in a car.
Many students take pride in their ride.
Any means of transportation is mandatory for students who do not live on or near campus.
Since cars are so necessary for commuter students, there are many factors to consider when purchasing a car.
Students who commute to work and school are concerned with their car’s overall MPG and how easy their car drives.
Safety is also a main concern for students, especially those who have children and families.
Many students who have been involved in accidents tell me they prefer larger vehicles.
Kelley Blue Book (KBB), the most trusted online car resource, awards many different cars for different categories such as top most affordable cars, best winter cars, best family cars and best back-to-school cars.
KBB also offers advice on what car would be best according to individual preferences, how much one should spend on a car and how much their current car is worth.
If you or someone you know is contemplating purchasing a new car, here are some tips Cars.com recommends to avoid getting ripped off.
First and foremost, figure out a budget and stick to it.
When buying a car, it’s important to keep in mind that other expenses are going to apply to your new purchase such as gas, insurance, registration and maintenance costs.
After determining a comfortable price range, decide what kind of car you want.
Gas mileage, safety, size and style are all important features to keep in mind when purchasing a car that will be in use for years to come.
Now that pricing and style are determined, it’s time to determine between the accessories that are truly important and simple luxuries.
The leather seats and a heated steering wheel sound nice, but perhaps investing in a GPS or front-center airbags would be more profitable in the long run.
New cars generally come with a complete package.
For example, if you want larger wheels for your car, you may need to purchase a different package deal to accommodate this one feature.
These packages usually include more accessories and run at a higher cost.
Unless you plan on purchasing a new car in full, financing and insurance is absolutely necessary.
Setting up a monthly payment plan you can stick to is very important.
You don’t want to get over your head in debt, especially as a college student!
Used cars tend to be inexpensive compared to new cars.
However, depending on where the used car is purchased, financing for the car still may be necessary.
For those who are happy with their current ride or are not car shopping at the moment, the time may come one day when you have to say goodbye to your ol’ faithful.
Visit Cars.com and KBB.com for more information on car investment advice, reviews and how to care for your current vehicle.