Shopping for a car on a college student's budget may seem like an overwhelming task as you try to find the features you want without breaking the bank. However, if you know exactly what you're looking for as you're browsing different models, you'll find the car you want in no time.
Shop Used Models
Before hitting up a dealership, check out their used or pre-owned inventory online. Pre-owned cars go through an extensive inspection process that ensures reliability. Going to a dealer also gives you the option of financing a car, and you're more likely to get the remainder of the original warranty along with the vehicle. If you can trade in your old car and get a discount, that's even better.
Driving in the Cheboygan and Northern Michigan areas can be unpredictable, depending on the season. Warm summers and cold winters with moderate amounts of precipitation require a vehicle that's ready for anything. Standard safety features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags are a must on any vehicle but are especially important when driving in potentially dangerous weather conditions. Look for models with working air conditioning as well as a reliable heater to ensure comfort in all seasons. If you're going to be driving in snow, avoid anything too close to the ground to keep from getting stuck on hazardous roads.
Think About the Gas
Will you be commuting to school every day, or are you going to live on campus? Though getting good gas mileage is important no matter what, the farther you're going to be driving, the more often you're going to have to fill up the tank. Also consider the type of driving you have to do to get where you need to go. This will help you choose a car that gets the best possible gas mileage for your particular situation.
When you're ready to start shopping for the perfect college car, stop by Fernelius Toyota. The inventory at our extensive Toyota dealership includes both new and pre-owned cars with many affordable financing options. Check out the inventory online and come in to test drive your favorite models. We'll get you set up with a car that fits your needs and your budget.