So let’s say you’re one of the many Garden State parents out there who are in bliss as you now have a high school graduate in your home who is looking forward to their four years in college. It is a pretty great feeling, isn’t it? So how do you reward them for their hard work and perseverance over those four years? The obvious answer is with a car that they can take with them to college?
There’s no question that a car is a big deal in college. And most colleges do allow freshman to have cars during their freshman year. Schools like Ramapo, William Patterson, Rowan and any number of colleges out of state do allow freshman to keep their cars on-campus, which can pay dividends for the college experience.
Those who have cars have more access to the town the college is located, which means they have more opportunities for jobs or internships, which are increasingly becoming such an important part of the college experience in order to find a job once college is done. Plus there are many social benefits which contribute to a full college experience. So the question then is how should you approach buying your graduate a car from an auto dealer in NJ? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- What kind of car suits them best? Let’s say your child lives at home and is actually commuting to college every day? If this is the case, then they’ll definitely need a car that gets good gas mileage. With gas prices the way they are, your new college freshman probably won’t have the money to cover for a SUV or large pickup truck. A smaller economical car will probably work better for this situation as well as for those who live on campus, but will need to drive a lot.
- How will the car affect their insurance? There’s no question that insurance is a big deal in the state of New Jersey. Because we are the most population dense state in the nation, our rates are higher than everyone else as well. You can combat this with choosing a car that will provide you with a lower rate. When it comes to choosing a car when you look at auto dealers in NJ, pick one that isn’t red or black, which are notorious for having higher rates. In addition, certain cars have higher incidents of theft, which could lead to higher rates as well.
- Get a carfax: When one buys a car from a dealer, it’s always a bit of a gamble. Even if the dealer has a trusting face and has good reviews, you’ll never know how well the car will actually run until you buy it. A good way to avoid buying a lemon is by ordering a carfax, so you can see a full history of service and accidents.
These are just some of the things you should consider when you purchase a car for your graduate in the Garden State. By doing the proper research, they‘ll have a car they’ll love and have a viable way to get around as they make you proud for the next four years.
Mike, a father of three, sticks to the tradition of buying a car for his kids once they graduate high school. He shares his advice on what to keep in mind while car shopping.