Choosing a Car to Take to College
When you’re heading off to college there is a lot to think about, not least of which is how you’re going to get around once you’re there. If you’re taking a car with you then the car you take can have a surprising impact on your quality of life, so make sure you put some thought into it before you go.
Look at the transportation options for your college before you leave. Many colleges and universities run buses to the local area which you can use to get to and from class. If yours does then consider this a bonus and take daily transportation off your list of things you need from a car. Parking on all the campuses I’ve ever been to is a royal pain so take the bus when you can and have the car for when you can’t.
Staying out of the car also helps cut down on running costs. Gas and maintenance add up if you’re driving everywhere so save on those and take the bus when you can. Taking the bus also avoids those times when you have to get your car home after you had a few too many cocktails after your last class on Friday.
Pick Your Size
Size is an important consideration if you’re heading off to college. The larger the car, the more of your friends you’ll be able to fit in it comfortably for driving around, but the larger the car, the more gas it uses and the more difficult it is to park. You’ll probably also need space to move around things in your dorm and house, so pick a car with some good storage capacity as well.
Staying away from SUVs is probably a good idea just for the running costs. A four door hatchback or wagon is a great tool for moving things and people around, while still having reasonably low running costs.
Learning to drive a standard shift car is a skill which may prove invaluable in college. Manual cars generally get better gas mileage and are cheaper to buy than their automatic counterparts. You’ll also be able to drive your friend’s car home from the bars or parties when they’ve had too much to drink. If they drive a manual and you can’t drive one then you’d end up stranded.
Choose an Off-Brand
Staying away from the more expensive brands is a great way to save a few pennies. Hyundai and Kia have excellent reliability records and are much cheaper than a comparable Honda or Toyota. Saving this money means a lower monthly payment and will make it easier for you to avoid Ramen Noodles and Easy Mac all month.
Reliability Is Key
While you’re studying the last thing you want to be worrying about is car trouble. Pick a brand with a reputation for reliability and invest the time in getting your preventative maintenance done on time. Murphy’s Law says the car will only break down the morning before an exam or a deadline for an important paper.
Apart from the aforementioned points, it is necessary to take care of the key as youngsters are quite careless to leave it in the ignition and forget to take it with you. Therefore, it is better to have an automotive locksmith in your contact list to be on the safer side.