With graduation right around the corner, you’re ready to step into a whole new stage of life.  Consider these tips when buying your next Volvo so you can be equipped for whatever is to come.

Undergrad Car Shopping Tips

What Type of Car Should I Buy?

Before deciding what type of car you should search for, start by considering your priorities and the new lifestyle you’re about to step into. 


Will you be driving back and forth from college on a regular basis? If so, then look for a reliable model with low mileage and higher gas efficiency. Will you be traveling over rocky terrain or on icy roads in the winter? All-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive models may be your best bet. Do you want to prioritize efficiency? Choose a sedan over an SUV. How about versatility? Choose a car with seats that adapt to accommodate whoever or whatever the day requires.

New, Used, or Certified Pre-Owned?

Buying a new car certainly has its advantages. Generally speaking, a new car is more reliable since you’ll be the first owner and can control how it is driven and maintained. This can minimize any surprises you may experience down the road. It will be nice starting college in the fall knowing you have a reliable set of wheels waiting for you outside. You can explore our inventory of new Volvo cars for sale to see what options are available to you.


Financially speaking, buying a used car can keep more money in your pocket through the leaner years of college. Purchasing a car that is only a couple of years old can save you thousands and may even open doors to models you couldn’t afford to buy new. Thanks to sites like Carfax, you can search the serial number of any used car to look at the vehicle history report. 


If buying a used car makes you nervous, you can opt for a CPO Volvo instead. A CPO car is a great option because you get to enjoy the savings of buying a used car along with the added piece of mind that comes with knowing your car has been inspected and refurbished by a professional. CPOs often come with an extended warranty and unique financing options as well. Visit Volvo finance to explore what financing options are available.

Explore Your Options in Wilmington, NC

Our team is ready to help you find the perfect Volvo to match your lifestyle. Give us a call to schedule a test drive or drop by our dealership today to get started.