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College Bound? The Best New Cars for the Frugal College Student

collegecarIf you have a college-bound student heading off to university in the fall, you’re probably already planning to make sure they have everything they need once they arrive on campus. But what about how they’ll get there and get around once school starts?

An estimated 22 million college U.S. college students are heading to campus this year and the last thing you want to do is send yours off in an old, unreliable or unsafe car. If your teenager is still driving grandma’s old beater, there’s a good chance the car won’t even make it to the college dorm room parking lot when you help them move in.

Buying a new car for your college-bound son or daughter is an important part of planning for college. By using a reputable car valuation service like Kelley Blue Book, you can make sure you’re getting a fair price on a new car.

Here are the five best new cars for the frugal college student who is looking to save a few bucks while still looking cool and staying safe on the road.

Fiat 500

The little Italian cars long popular in Europe have really picked up speed in the United States. The model 500 car is selling especially fast, with many of those buyers being late teenagers. The Italian auto maker revamped its original 1957 subcompact car with a sporty exterior and interior and gets very good gas mileage.

Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is an affordable, safe and compact car that gets very good mileage. Being a Honda, the Fit also will not require much maintenance, making it perfect for college kids who don’t have a lot of cash for expensive repairs.

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is another great option for frugal college students who want to save money on gas and help the environment at the same time. The Prius now also comes in several different styles, so if the natural hatchback is not to your student’s liking, they can have their pick of other body types. A little pricier than an all-gasoline car, the cost of the hybrid car is deferred while saving on gas and helping save the environment.

Nissan Rogue

Crossovers like the Nissan Rogue are a little compact car with some SUV mixed in. The new Rogue seats up to seven people, but you wouldn’t know from looking at it on the outside. The Rogue is a bit more expensive than a smaller car, but it’s safe and having all the storage space in the car is perfect for those long drives back home with loads of dirty laundry.

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is another great crossover option for college students on a budget. Perhaps you’ve seen their commercials with the hamsters dancing and driving. Hopefully your college kids won’t have too big of a party in this great vehicle, although it has several amenities such as a booming sound system and other features that make it a super cool car. It also has about 20 cubic feet of cargo space to give plenty of room to pack for the long trip home.

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2 Responses to “College Bound? The Best New Cars for the Frugal College Student”

  1. Rasheed Smallwood says:

    Hi I am a college student and I am in need of a vehicle really bad. I work part time and don’t make much money. Please help. Thank you

  2. David says:

    I need a car where can I get one free

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