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Car-Buying Tips for College Graduates

Whether you’re getting ready to graduate, recently graduated, or know someone who is about to graduate from college, it may be time to celebrate with a new car!

Cars for College Grads

From tips on what kind of vehicles to look for, to dealer purchase programs, there are many things to consider when buying a new vehicle.

New or Used 

A common question for anyone looking to purchase a new vehicle is whether they should buy new or used.

Many recent college grads may only be interested in purchasing a new car to avoid any potential used car glitches. However, used cars in most cases, depending on age and miles, can make a great vehicle purchase for many years to come.

The key to choosing between a new or used car depends on an individual’s wants, needs and budget. Before making a quick decision, it’s best to research a variety of new and used car options that would potentially meet all or most of your needs. Be sure to test drive several vehicles to ensure that the car you think is best for you, really is.

In the end, the choice is up to the driver!

Reliability and Safety

A new degree can mean a new job in another city or even state, which means more driving for the recent college grad. When it comes to purchasing a new or used vehicle, always research the reliability and safety.

Check vehicle safety ratings given by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration which include an overall rating, frontal crash rating, side crash rating and rollover rating. While strong safety scores are not a guarantee for complete safety, they can at least provide valuable insight into how the vehicle is made and performs in case of an accident.

From a short drive to a long road-trip, reliability and safety are two of the most important car features.

Dealer Purchase Programs

Many auto manufacturers offer student programs for current students and recent graduates. Ford and Lincoln, feature their Ford and Lincoln College Student Purchase Program, which provides college students and recent graduates a deal to purchase or lease a new 2013 or 2014 Ford or Lincoln vehicle and receive $500.

In addition to the Ford and Lincoln College Student Purchase Program, Student Bonus Cash and other current public incentives are available. Before you purchase that new or used car you’ve been eyeing, look for any available money-saving deals. Check all fine print for full details to ensure you qualify.

Remember, when buying a new or used car always conduct research! Be sure to check that the vehicle contains features that you are looking for, is reliable and has a good safety rating. Don’t forget to check on any special student discounts and offers available.

If you’re in the Tampa area, consider purchasing a new Lincoln or used car. From the new Lincoln MKZ, to a certified pre-owned Lincoln MKX or Ford Fusion, Parks Lincoln of Tampa is here to help you find the car you’ve been searching for.

Stop by our Lincoln dealership at 10505 North Florida Avenue, or give us a call, (800) 398-7989 to discuss our available options.

Congratulations graduates!