Rents are high, so you might consider buying a car to get to college — but be careful what you buy


Rents are skyrocketing and housing is scarce as chicken teeth, so it makes sense that many third-grade students are considering getting a car to commute.

At first glance, there are sound financial reasons for investing in a used car.

Especially if you can use the gas money to get a fellow student or two to get the privilege of a seat in your little motor every day.

But – and you’re probably already ahead of me – getting a decent car these days is almost as difficult as finding a room/apartment to rent.

Even old models fetch high prices. And therein lies real danger.

You risk buying problems when dealing with the lower end of the price range and the higher end of the age range.

Every used purchase involves a certain risk.

Of course, this can be lowered if you have more money to spend and buy from an established and trusted outlet.

The danger lies where someone who has scraped together a few thousand euros is faced with the choice between doing without something or buying something very old.

It’s a real mystery.

One thing I would strongly advise is that you buy from a reputable source, preferably a local dealer with repair support; and look for a six to 12 month warranty.

If you’re buying privately, have or pay someone who knows cars to check every detail.

You don’t have a comeback with a private business, so you need to be extra careful.

Check the vehicle’s history and maintenance records.

And if something bothers you about a car you’re looking at, just walk away. Rents are high, so you might consider buying a car to get to college — but be careful what you buy

Fry Electronics Team

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