You can buy a new or used car from dealers or private individuals. What and from whom you want to buy depends entirely on your budget and the type of car that you are interested in. Please keep in mind that, just as in any other country, there are people who will try to sell you a car that may be damaged in some way. New cars are usually beyond the budget of most students. Nonetheless, you may be lucky enough to be able to afford one. New cars are a big investment and if you decide to buy one, you may be making one of the more important decisions of your college life. When the time comes, your preparedness can make the difference between paying the full “list” price or a price that is fair in today’s marketplace.
If you have a permanent driver’s license, and buy your car from a car dealer, the car dealer will give you a temporary license plate. That plate is good for a maximum of 30 days. You must register the car to get a new plate before the 30 days expires.
You must also show proof of automobile insurance coverage. It is against the law to drive a car without having insurance. Check the local yellow pages in the telephone book under insurance. You will find many companies listed and the types of insurance they offer. Call to set up an appointment with an insurance agent to give them all the necessary information about your car.