Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift

The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift

Used Car for Graduation Gift

Your little bundle of joy has grown up and on the cusp of entering adulthood. Graduating is a milestone, and you want to reward their hard work and show how proud you are. Buying a used car is a great idea but you’ll need to know the best used cars to buy for a graduation gift. Here’s a quick look at some of the top options available to you.

  • 2005 Ford Focus: The Focus is fun (at least the coupe version is) and surprisingly quick on the road for a four-cylinder. It’s also economical and not sporty enough that your grad might decide to drag race on the weekends. It’s basic, with few frills, but it definitely gets an important job –getting from point A to point B safely – done.

  • 2011 Honda Civic: Looking for reliability and fuel economy in a fun package? The 2011 Honda Civic might be the right fit. It’s available in both two and four-door formats, and the four-cylinder engine delivers more than enough performance for daily driving needs. The optional stability control system is a “must have” as well for additional safety on the road.

  • 2011 Honda Element: The second Honda to make this list, the Element isn’t in production anymore, but the final year of production (2011) makes a great graduation gift for anyone with a need for hauling space and good interior room. The 2.4-liter engine is the same one found in the Civic and the CR-V, as well.

  • 2005 Dodge Neon: Looking for something a little older but with good style? The 2005 Dodge Neon is a great choice. It offers fuel economy of 25/32 mpg and while it’s not a sports car, it has that certain stance that makes it stand out.

  • 2005 GMC Sierra: Does your grad need the ability to haul and tow? If so, the 2005 GMC Sierra is a good choice. The step sides are attractive, and the bed is long enough to accommodate a decent amount of cargo. Opt for the standard cab and you’ll save a little cash at the dealership as well.

There are plenty of other options out there that might be a good fit for your grad depending on whether he or she is going immediately to college and needs to get back and forth to home, or is starting a job right way. Regardless, a certified mobile mechanic from YourMechanic can provide a pre-purchase inspection on any used car you might be interested in.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...

Related questions

Q: Was going up a hill and the car started to hesitate to get acceleration and the muffler is shaking now when idle

This may be related to many different things that can cause the engine to struggle. One possibility may be a sign of a clogged catalytic converter. As you may already know, the catalytic converter converts toxic exhaust gases into less...

Q: I live in Dubai. I would like to know if a 2009 Mazda CX-9 is easier to maintain compared to a 2009 Ford Explorer.

Hi there: This is a very good question. The best way to determine which one is easier to maintain, you might want to research car reviews on Edmunds.com for consumer reports on the Mazda and Ford you're looking at purchasing....

Q: Q: Possible dead battery

Hello. The battery light turning on when the engine is running indicates that system voltage is low. Everything required to run the engine, and everything in the car, will drain the battery. Most likely, it is the alternator, but the...