Buying a new car can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you find a car that will equip you for this exciting new stage of life. 

Car Shopping Tips for Undergrads

Choose a Lifestyle, Not Just a Car

A car is a tool to help you live the life you want to live. Now that you’re leaving for college, consider what your life may look like when you get there and search for features that will equip you to successfully do so.

For example, if you want to safely travel down mountain roads in the dead of winter, All-Wheel Drive will be non-negotiable. If you plan to travel or commute on a regular basis then look for a sedan or small SUV that has lower mileage and higher fuel efficiency. Cars with high clearance, larger wheels, more horsepower, and various driving modes are better equipped to handle adventures like offroading than those without. 

Ultimately, paint a picture of what you want life to look like this fall and then find a car that has all the features you need to get you there. 

Have You Considered Buying Used?

Buying a brand new car right off the lot definitely has its appeal, but maybe the wiser decision would be to buy used. Cars begin to depreciate the moment they leave the lot with the greatest rate of depreciation occurring in the first 3 years of ownership. 

Protect your investment and open up doors to models you might not be able to afford new by purchasing a used or Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) car instead. While buying a used car used to be a stressful endeavor, with access to vehicle history reports such as CARFAX, all you have to do is type in the car’s serial number to see how a used car was handled and maintained by its previous owner. 

For added peace of mind, you can choose a CPO car which has been hand-selected, inspected, and refurbished by a licensed technician. This removes the element of surprise altogether and may even open doors for new financing options. Click here to explore what finance options we have available for you.

Compare Models in Goldsboro, NC

Once you narrow down which features you’re looking for, our team at Matthews Motors Goldsboro will help you find which cars will equip you to live the lifestyle you want. We have an impressive variety of cars for sale in Goldsboro, NC. Give us a call today to get started.