Don't you love it when the long school year is finally over and summer vacation is about to start? You would instantly feel energized and just knew deep down that this was going to be your best summer yet, but too soon summer ends and regretfully its time to go back to school. You had to admit it was fun buying school clothes, supplies and getting to see friends again. Yes, going back to school before college was a breeze, just at the time we didn't realize this!
Getting ready to go to college is definitely a huge expense. No longer is it just purchasing a few supplies and clothes. Now you need scholarships to help with the expense or a student loan, also will you stay on campus, or will you need a apartment near by? So many things to think about, but the one thing you knew you would need, would be a reliable car.
Buying a car can sometimes be too expensive for parents to purchase alone and you may have to chip in on the expense, such as gas and maintenance or possibly payments. If you buy a new car or used car you will still be under a warranty, but you will be responsible for the daily maintenance and of course you will want one with a great gas mileage, I am sure you will be making a few trips back home from time to time.
US News and World Report has put out a list of top cars for college students, and one that you may want to consider is the Chrysler 200.
The Chrysler 200 is a car that has top safety ratings. It is a midsize sedan that was redesigned in 2015, and is available with all-wheel drive, which wasn't available as an option in the past. Your college student probably wants a high-tech infotainment system in their new car, and the Chrysler 200's system is known as one of the best in the class. The Chrysler 200's trunk is big for a midsize car, which will come in handy when Junior comes home for the holidays with a trunk full of dirty laundry.
When you are ready to buy a car, make sure you know what you are looking for, is it a midsize, compact or a mini van or maybe a small truck. Before you go to buy, make sure everyone is in agreement about how much you plan to spend and keep to your budget. Also car insurance can be high at this age, be sure to check this out before you buy, the last thing you want is to find a car that meets your budget, but the car insurance is more than the payment itself. Also one more thing to take in consideration is, " Do you know how big your parking space will be"?
Going away to college for the first time can be fun, scary and can even make you a bit nervous, but knowing you have reliable transportation to depend on, can make your parents life less stressful and plus its just one more thing off their list they don't have to worry about!
Author Note: Tammy is the owner and author of the Frugal Southern Mom Blog. Visit her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!