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Realiable, Safe and OH-SO-COOL!

November 9, 2010

When both of my daughters went to college I bought them cars (I felt it was necessary for the college experience, okay I may have been wrong, hmm?). Chelsey had gone to SOU (Southern Oregon University) and Lace UA (University of Arkansas) by way of USF (University of San Francisco). Chelsey got a Ford Escort that was metallic blue and she was more excited about the color than the car. While she was a senior at SOU she sold the car and got a good deal for it 4 years later. Lace got her car during her Senior  year in high school as she needed wheels more than Chelsey at that time. Lace got a silver Volkswagen Jetta and sold hers after she graduated from UA which funded her move to Key West Fl. All in all I felt they were good cars that kept  nice resale value.cars on freeway

Today a NEW Kia Soul (sticker price $15,890) is the best new car for your teen. High resale value (56% after three years) meets high design in the Kia Soul. This boxy ride nabbed a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and is cheap to insure and maintain.

Today a USED: 2008 Scion XB (price, about $12,400 for a two-year old car with a 24,000 on the odometer) is the best used car for your teen. At nearly $4,000 below the original sticker price, the XB is even more of a steal used than when it was new. Safety is baked in, six airbags, plus stability and traction control, help earn it a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Budgeting for expensive items are things we can help with here at GAI (www.gunwel.com). Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit and lets swap “first car” stories. See you soon!

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