Characteristics of a Good Car for College Students

March 28th, 2014 by

Students not only need inexpensive transportation, but they also need the essential safety features, along with enough style to not be embarrassed during a date night.  Finding the right car for your college student doesn’t have to be difficult. Just remember to consider the CARS (Coolness, Affordable, Reliable, and Safety) factor in your purchasing decision.

Coolness Factor

Many parents cringe at the thought of this being a consideration, but try to remember what it was like when you were their age. It’s no fun being the kid who attracts attention because of your old, loud, beat up car. Likewise, your student needs to understand they won’t be getting the hottest or fastest car on the market, but that you will compromise on something that gives them a sense of pride in the vehicle they will be driving.

Affordability Factor

If you are paying for the car, ultimately, the decision is yours. However, to have a smooth shopping experience, listen to what your student wants and then nudge them in the right direction.  Acknowledge that having a nice stereo system or navigation system is nice, but that you will only be paying for the “ride” that gets you from point A to point B. Any options or add-ons can be purchased by them at a later time.

Reliability Factor

No parent wants their child stranded on the freeway at night because their car broke down. Look for vehicles that are known for their reliability, such as Toyota and Acura, according to Consumer Reports. A reliable car will require less maintenance and allow mom and dad to sleep better at night. If you decide to go the pre-owned route, find out what qualifies as good mileage for a used car.

Safety Factor

No matter how safe of a driver you think your student is, the crash rate per mile for 16 to 19-year-olds is four times higher than drivers age 20 and older. Look for features such as air bags and anti-lock brakes, in addition to reading crash test ratings.

The best cars for college students are cars that balance the need to keep college students safe on the road with the need to stay on budget.

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