My favorite go to place to buy cars is the Fitzmall in Gaithersburg, MD and I have bought 3 cars from this dealership and all from Harmeet Suri . The cars that I have bought are a Volkswagen Passat (Used car), A Toyota Sienna Van and a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Over the next few months, once my first born gets a license and feels the need for a car we will be in the market for a car for her. How do you go about choosing a car for your kids? I asked Harmeet Suri who works at Fitzgerlad Auto Mall in Gaithersburg .
Most parents want to spend only $6 to $8k and for that you probably get a used car with over 120k miles and no warranties on it. Generally people want to buy time and target ownership for only about 3 years.
The better alternative is to think out of the box and lease a car for 3 years.
You are targeting an ownership for 3 years because in 3 years they want to change the cars anyway. Remember a leased car comes with full warranty. In my experience a leased car for young graduates is a good ownership experience. There is a safety factor – when you look an older automobile it does not have the safety features that a new leased car has and if you count the cost of ownership of the 3 year lease you may come close to the cost of a used car.
If you want to contact Harmeet Suri to get advice on buying a car for your graduate - email him at Surih@fitzmall.com or call Fitzmall 301-921-0300 and ask for Harmeet Suri