Do You Need a Car for College?

October 8th, 2021 by
Car-buying paperwork


If you are a college student, bringing your car to campus can be a big deal, especially in Clearwater. It provides freedom and independence that can enhance your college experience. However, this freedom comes with responsibility. The responsibility can seem daunting, but we have some tips that will help you maintain your independence without breaking the bank. Read below to learn more!



Get a Parking Pass

Parking passes are typically available at college campuses for you to park safely in specific locations. Although they can be expensive and inconvenient, it is one of the best investments you can make to avoid parking tickets, towing and the stress of finding a close, legal spot. Violation tickets add up over time in Tampa and overtime become a large expense. Give yourself the peace of mind by purchasing your school’s parking pass for a guaranteed parking spot on campus.

Maintained Your Car

Just like you should go to the doctor regularly, you need to bring your car to Ocean Honda to get a checkup to make sure it’s healthy. Make sure that your brakes are maintained, oil is changed and engine is running properly. Ignoring any strange sounds or lights on the dashboard can result in an even more serious issue that will be extremely expensive down the road. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you.

Keep Your Car Clean

It’s important to keep your car clean inside and out. Leaving too many personal items in your vehicle can entice thieves to break into your car and steal your belongings. A break in not only leads to the loss of your things, but also physical damage to your car. Avoid the stress of dealing with this type of event and keep your focus on your studies by taking everything out of your car. You can also invest in a steering wheel lock to avoid vehicle theft as well.

Check for Car Insurance Discounts

Different companies have different types of discounts, but many car insurance companies have specials for students who have decent grades. These discounts vary across companies, but those discounts will save you money each month. Call your provider today to see what they can do for you.

Save on Gas

Gas is the most frequent expense for drivers, whether the car is used or brand new. You can save money on gas in several ways. When it’s warm outside, roll down your windows instead of blasting the air conditioning. If you must turn on the AC, you don’t need the temperature at 65 degrees to cool down your car. Turn the temperature to 70 degrees and make sure the setting is on “AC”. This will still cool down your car while relieving your car from working so hard to provide cool air. When running errands, try to limit the amount of places you need to go to and do all of the errands in one trip rather than going out every other day.

Start Saving Today!

You don’t have to wait to start saving. Most of the tips given are implementable immediately. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Ocean Honda. Continue to drive safely around Wesley Chapel and save money while enjoying your vehicle!


More from Ocean Honda

  • The Benefits of Trading in Your Car at a Dealership

    When it comes time to part ways with your current vehicle and find a new one, you have several options. One of the most convenient and beneficial choices is to trade in your car at a dealership. Streamlined Process: Trading in your car at a dealership simplifies the process of upgrading your vehicle. You can…

  • Leasing vs. Buying a Car: Which is Right for You?

    Whether to lease or buy a car is a decision that most prospective car owners must face. It’s not just about acquiring a vehicle; it’s about determining which financial path aligns with your lifestyle and long-term goals. Leasing: Pros of Leasing: Lower Monthly Payments: Lease payments are usually lower than loan payments for the same…

  • Transitioning to Fall Tires

    Transitioning to Fall Tires: Navigating the Changing Seasons Safely As the seasons begin to change, it’s time to think about more than just cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. The change of seasons also signals the need to transition to fall tires for optimal performance and safety on the road. The Importance of Fall Tires…

Posted in News