Back to school is right around the corner and if you’re headed to college, a car can help make a big campus much more manageable. While college students are notoriously financially challenged, there are still options at their disposal. We here at Jake Sweeney Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM in Springdale, OH, want to lay out all of your options in order to help you make the best decision for you and your college experience.

Pros: It can be really nice to have options. When you lease, you are only leasing for a temporary amount of time, after which you can switch to a totally different car or agreement. Not only that, but when you lease, the dealership is likely to handle any regular maintenance as part of the agreement.

Cons: The downside of not committing to one car is that, should you decide to buy, all the money you’ve spent on lease payments is just gone.

Pros: When you finance a car, every payment you make matters. You can get an idea of what payments might look like in our finance center. Once you’ve paid the car off, it’s yours. That makes every payment you make an investment. Learn more about financing at our Cincinnati used Dodge dealer.

Cons: Truth be told, the person you are in college is not always (or usually) the person you’ll be when you leave college. When you buy a vehicle you are tied to that vehicle until you sell or trade it in. And that can come sooner than you think after leaving school and starting a professional life or family. You also become fully responsible for anything that may need to be tweaked or fixed, which can add up costs over time.

At Jake Sweeney Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM we can’t tell you which option works better for you, but we can help you with whichever way you choose to enjoy a new RAM truck or a used Jeep Cherokee.