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

I Auto Save Some Money

What makes a car a good deal?

Project Description

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 vs. 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.