So, you’ve decided to reward your graduate with a car, or help him/her purchase one, at least. That’s great! Adding a car to the family can make life easier for everyone – as long as it’s the right car.
Now, how do you figure out which car is the “right” car? Whether you’re shopping for a new or used car, here are a few things we at Absolute Insurance Agency would like you to consider:
Reliability and Usage
Sources such as Consumer Reports can give you a good idea of the experience other owners have had with the models you’re considering. Warranty coverage is included with new vehicles, of course, as well as some used cars that have undergone a certification program or purchasing a third party warranty. Depending on how your grad is going to use the car, you’ll want to look at mileage estimates and features such as all-wheel drive.
The Importance of an Inspection
Buying used? It’s crucial that you get an inspection from a trusted repair shop. Get as much history on the car as you can, from owner records to a report from Carfax or a similar service. And, if you feel the sellers aren’t being forthcoming, walk away. Don’t let their problems become your problems.
Cost of Ownership
Certain cars cost more to repair and maintain than others, and insurance costs can vary widely as well. We would be happy to help you determine the impact different models can have on the price of coverage. When you get further along in your search and have a few choices in mind, give us a call to obtain a free quote.
When you find the right car, not only will your graduate be thrilled, you’ll look on with confidence and pride as your grad drives off toward the future.