It's almost the start of a new academic year. You're planning on returning to campus with a fresh new mindset. What better way to make the most of it than making the trip back in a new car?
Some students might say they don't want a car because they don't want to deal with costly parking permit fees or friends who always ask for rides to class. Others might say having one is a necessity. Check out our list of the reasons why you should buy a car (and three models that are perfectly designed for students like you).
I Am Independent
Going to college means learning how to make decisions on your own when it comes to everyday matters such as making your own meals and doing your own laundry. With a car, future drivers can achieve a greater sense of independence, be it personal or financial.
Much More Convenient
Having your own car means going wherever you want whenever you want, all the while avoiding having to scrounge for a ride or walk from your off-campus residence to your classes. This allows you to spend more time completing the tasks that can help further your education…or treating yourself and your significant other to a dinner for two.
More Employment Options
Most, if not all, employers look for applicants who can find reliable transportation that allows them to travel to and from work without delay. Owning a car allows you to expand your job search and open additional doors when applying to off-campus jobs and local internships.
Top Three Car Choices
While the starting MSRP of $22,990 may come across as overwhelming, the Kia Optima is great for students who want a car that's perfect for any occassion. It has everything from a spacious interior and a 7.1 channel surround sound system to advanced safety features ranging from blind spot collision warning to dynamic blending light.
With a starting MSRP of $15,450, the Yaris is designed with efficiency and safety in mind. The 1.5-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission offer a smooth ride while the smart key system promises to protect both vehicle and valuables from would-be car thieves. A multimedia system lets you stream your favorite music with a single voice command, enlivening any ride you take.
If you're looking for a car that's small but stylish at the same time, then the Spark is for you. Taking a day-trip? The EPA-estimated 38 MPG highway and 98-horsepower engine provide a smooth journey to wherever you're going. Planning a hike or a day at the beach? Roof rails and maximum cargo volume of 27.2 cubic feet allow you to bring everything you need. Built-in Wi-Fi is an added bonus, as it allows you to stay connected wherever you are.