aja8888 wrote:It sounds like you have your mind set on buying a car for the boy, and that's good for him and the economy.
We have put three kids through Texas colleges (A&M, Sam Houston (2)), and have a granddaughter currently enrolled as a freshman in Sam. The first three did not need (or want) a car while living on campus as the school is self sufficient for students. There are even fast food restaurants on the campus these days.
Some kids have bicycles, but most walk between the buildings. Cars just sit in the parking lots. Once the kid is off campus in an apartment (which is more fun than a dorm), a car is nice to have.
Our granddaughter has an older Toyota Camry (1998) and lives in the dorm. The only time the car gets used is when she comes home for the weekend (about 60 miles each way).
Just some food for thought.
To add to this post, keep in mind that your son will have a car, and many of his new friends will not. What that means is your son will be the local taxi for his group. Nothing wrong with that, but it does mean your insurance should be carefully considered. You might even find a stranger (to you) could be driving your son's car, or not. One of my cars was wrecked when a daughter's friend drove into a storm drain. To the young lady's credit, she paid my deductible, and even lent my daughter her car while mine was being repaired. Why was she driving my car when she had a car? Don't ask!
Thankfully two of my three daughters had purchased their own cars before college, so I only had one to worry about, the one out of town.
Sam I Am
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