Things college students need to look for when buying a car

Off to college and packing everything up then waving goodbye to family is the norm for students off to study their career. It can be hard for students to pick a car that will go to college with you and make it all the way. Here are a few tips to help you along the way on one of the biggest journeys of your life.

College students all have one thing the same, their low budget. College is expensive, and many students aren’t working while attending college or just working a few hours here and there to make ends meet.
Look for a budget-friendly car on the market. While there are always plenty of used cars on the market they will all range in price and condition. It can help to write out your full weekly budget including all of your expenses which may leave you with a certain amount left over that can be for car payments.

Looking for the car
Most repairs for new cars fall under the warranty that comes with the cars but be sure to check what repairs are included before signing anything. Each couple of months you will need to be putting money away for car maintenance like oil changes and any other maintenance that needs to be taken care of.

Being fuel efficient
Be sure to have a chat with the car dealer and explain you will be traveling a lot to the school and home again and you need a car that is fuel efficient. If you are one who prefers not to travel home or off campus for that matter, consider taking the bus and think about do you really need a car. A lot of college students make the mistake of buying a big fancy car on their student payments and end up way over their head in debt. Save the good car for once you have finished college and head to into the workforce where you can better afford the expensive car payments.

Think about safety
If you are off to college chances are you are a fairly new driver and probably haven’t been in many different driving conditions. You may be more at risk of an accident so be sure to choose a car that has airbags and good safety measures.

While older vehicles may be cheaper they can be expensive to maintain and often run unreliably.
Another option is to consider leasing a car. You won’t have to worry about repairs and ongoing car payments you just pay for the days you want to hire the car. Leasing can be cheaper than buying and paying ongoing car payments that can go on for years. Just be sure to check out the options available to you and what best suits your situation and budget.