A row of parked cars on a public dealership at sunset.
Math
Grades
9-12

I Auto Save Some Money

How do I know if  a car is a good deal?

Project Summary

In this project, student teams work with clients to help them research and compare the true cost of purchasing different new and used cars. Student calculations should take into account factors such as price, dealership discounts, manufacturer’s rebates, down payments, and interest, as well as the real costs of leasing versus buying. If appropriate, students might also factor in considerations such as gas mileage, hybrid/electric options and associated rebates, registration/renewal, and typical maintenance costs for the given car’s make/model/year, considering the short-term and long-term costs associated with each option the client is considering.