■ By Richard Perry / The Hemet Car Guy
Greetings from The Hemet Car Guy!
After graduating from high school or college, now it’s just the beginning of certain responsibilities that we typically associate with adulthood. It usually means you’re about to enter the workforce to start building a career and it also means you’re about to start making financial decisions that can have enduring consequences.
One of those decisions involves purchasing a car. According to carfax.com, new cars can be quite appealing, but from a financial perspective buying a used model simply makes more sense. New cars can lose more than 20 percent of their value to depreciation in the first year of ownership and this makes them less-than-stellar investments. However, if you purchase from the used car market, depreciation will work in your favor because it can help make pricing a lot more accessible.
The used car that’s best for you will depend on your preferences and priorities. Here are some vehicles ideally suited for five different types of high school and college graduates
2012-2016 BMW 3 Series: The Valedictorian
If you’re a valedictorian, congratulations! You’ve worked hard and graduated at the top of your class and now you probably have a higher-than-average starting salary to show for it. You can certainly afford to savor the fruits of your labor at this point and one way to do this is to indulge in a high-quality used luxury car. The BMW 3 Series fits the bill by offering superior handling, sharp sheet metal, and a deluxe cabin. The current generation of the 3 Series was launched in 2012 and any used model from this generation is sure to satisfy.
2016 Nissan Sentra or 2016 Chevrolet Malibu: The Pragmatic Student
As a pragmatist, you know the importance of value, and it’s important for you to make sound investments. Sensible and capable, the import Nissan Sentra or domestic Chevrolet Malibu is right up your alley. With spacious cabins, nice styling, and upgraded performance, it’s clear that these feature-rich vehicles are good choices.
2011 Volkswagen Eos or 2015 Chevrolet Camaro: The Free spirited Student
Free spirits love the excitement that comes with living in the moment with a convertible and an import VW Eos or Chevrolet Camaro is the perfect car for this way of life. The Camaro has been on the market for more than 50 years, and in that time, it’s established itself as a car that offers visceral performance at an accessible price. That performance comes with a degree of refinement that makes the Chevrolet Camaro an easy and agreeable choice for the daily drive.
2012 Chevrolet Volt: The Environmentalist
Environmentalists put a great deal of thought into the choices they make and they care about the consequences of their actions. The Chevrolet Volt is a four-door hatchback that’s green enough to satisfy the conscientious car shopper, while being practical enough to accommodate virtually any lifestyle. With its frugal hybrid powertrain, the Volt achieves mileage of up to 56 mpg. This fuel sipper also has a roomy cabin, comfortable handling to its credit, and has a full complement of convenience and technology features.
2017 Nissan Frontier or 2017 Chevrolet Trax: The Adventurer
Adventurers love the thrill of traveling down new paths, and for them, the world is a vast playground that is just begging to be explored. If you’re an adventurer, you probably spent at least a portion of your college years studying overseas in far-off locales. Now that you’ve graduated, you need a vehicle that will allow you to feed your need for travel and exploration. These types of vehicles are up for the challenge to be the perfect companion on journeys that venture off the beaten path.
Hope that helps!
The Hemet Car Guy