If you will be a freshman at college next fall and will be commuting to and from the educational facility, you may be contemplating upgrading your current vehicle for a new set of wheels. If your car is relatively old and has several dents and rust spots on its body, driving a pre-owned vehicle that has been well taken care of will be a big change and will provide you with a comfortable ride that you can depend upon every day that you have classes.
Pick a Coupe Or a 'Family' Model
A hot rod or 'cool' sports model may be what you think will attract attention from students at your school, but is this the image that you wish to promote? If you are serious about your studies and want to excel and be a role model to others, maybe a more modest style or a family model will be more practical for your needs.
Choosing a less flashier vehicle does not mean you need to forego style. There are some very classy models for sale that may appeal to your tastes and that will be something you enjoy driving for many years to come. Think long term about your goals and try to coincide your purchase with what your needs will be throughout your college years and beginning of your life as a new graduate.
Take Gas Mileage and Storage Needs Into Consideration
The distance that you will be driving each day should be taken into account, since purchasing a used car that gets good gas mileage will be much more affordable than if you decide to purchase a vehicle type that is referred to as a 'gas guzzler'. Additionally, think about the activities that you will be participating in during and after school hours. If you plan on signing up for a team sport or if you are going to head to the gym after class, you may want to have access to plenty of cargo space.
Look for a model that has a rear entry cargo section that will support all of the items that you plan to bring along with you each day. If you are going to be using heavy accessories or pieces of equipment at some point, but don't have an immediate need for them, store them inside of the cargo area and avoid the daunting task of unloading and loading them up on a daily basis, which you might need to contend with if you choose to purchase a compact vehicle style that lacks adequate storage space.
For more information about used cars, visit a used car lot near you.