What do high school students look for when buying/looking for a car - what do students look for im writing something for my school paper and i want to know what other highschool students look for .

Asked by Feb 03, 2011 at 12:11 PM

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Most high school students want either a fast car or a jacked-up 4x4. However, they usually end up getting whatever cheap junker their parents have sitting around. However, the more intelligent high school students who pay attention to little things like gas prices and repair costs usually lean towards something reliable and efficient that will still stand up to the beating almost all teenagers give their car or truck. For example, I always wanted a 4x4 pickup since I spend a lot of time running around out in the hills. However, I didn't have the money to buy my own vehicle, so my choices were the '94 Accord Wagon, '89 Century, or '95 Grand Am that my parents had when I got my license. After driving all of them a little bit, I decided to go with the Century. The Accord was by far the least efficient of the three, 28 mpg at best, and also had the lowest ground clearance of the group, although it had slightly better performance than the Grand Am and the most cargo space of the group. The Grand Am had the best sound system of the group, and the best gas mileage, but had poor performance and was the least reliable because of a chronic transaxle problem. The Century easily had the best overall performance of the group thanks to having the only V6 engine in the group, except the turning circle. It has the best radio reception of the group, although the tape player doesn't work. Cargo space is only slightly less than the Accord, and it is the only one that seats 6 people. The fuel efficiency was fairly close to the Grand Am, occasionally getting 40+ mpg on the freeway and regularly getting 28-30 in the city. Also, despite having over 300K miles, it is still the most reliable vehicle in the family except our '72 Chevy C20 pickup. The greatest advantage with this vehicle is its durability and capability. It has been over several roads and trails designed only for 4x4's and ATV's, but has suffered nothing more than scratched paint, and has never gotten stuck in either sand or mud. Feel free to use any of this info in your paper or ask for any more info.

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