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Best Cars for Recent Graduates

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As a new batch of high school graduates enter either college or the real world, many parents across the country are outfitting them with the best gift of all – a car to call their own. Despite the generosity, there are a number of things that parents should keep in mind when picking out just the right vehicle.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, while most young adults will want something flashy and youthful, safety should always be the main concern, although it is not the only one. Perhaps almost as important is fuel economy, especially given the unpredictable nature of gas prices.

There are a plethora of cars out there that claim to offer the best gas mileage, but the news source reports there are a few small, compact models that provide the best mix of style, safety and efficiency.

Models such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are all compact rides that offer high EPAs.  Keep this in mind when hitting the dealerships this summer.

Also don’t underestimate the rising prices in used vehicles.  Used cars are still going up in value and what you could buy 6 months ago for $10000 is no where near what you can buy today for $10000.  The increasing prices of used cars are pushing some parents towards buying new, with the full warranty, rebates and incentives from dealers, it may cost you a few more dollars, but new may be the way to go for your recent graduate.

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