Best Cars for Class of 2022 Graduates

Con-grad-ulations to all 2022 graduates! Graduating is so exciting, and a great way to reward yourself for this achievement is with a new ride!

If you’ve been driving a hand-me-down since high school, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the incentives being offered to graduates, and sometimes to those up to two years out of college. Most automakers offer between $250-$1000, and other automakers offer more attractive rates. 

Let’s take a look at some of the highly accoladed cars for graduates going out into the world.

1. Hyundai Kona – From $21,300, leasing from $239/month, $400 graduate discount

2022 Kona on city street

Named best sub-compact SUV in 2021, the Kona continues to impress with standard features, fresh styling, and attractive incentives for fresh graduates. Loaded with safety features, cool tech features and boasting outstanding gas mileage, this car could be the ‘total package’.

2. Toyota Corolla – From $20,425, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

A perennial bestseller, the Corolla makes a ton of financial sense for the optimistic Class of 2022 graduate with a freshly pivoted mortarboard tassel.  Two body styles and a plethora of trim levels mean there’s a Corolla for every adventure. 

3. Honda Civic – From $22,550, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

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Another classic and now in its eleventh generation, the Civic is known for its affordability, efficiency and durability. Offered in either traditional sedan or more practical hatchback form, its generous cargo space makes it perfect for both driving around town or the next road trip with college friends.

4. Subaru Crosstrek – From $22,645, leasing from $245/month, graduate finance/lease rate available

The rugged and handsome Crosstrek by Subaru offers the best of on-road driving manners with off-road capability.  With an attractive base MSRP and a ton of options and aftermarket accessories, the Crosstrek should appeal to the explorer in all of us! 

5. Mazda 3 – From $20,800, leasing from $279/month, graduate finance/lease rates available

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Among the most stylish cars in its class but with a base price of just over $20,000, the Mazda3 sports a super elegant interior that will build confidence on the way to the first (and maybe second) jobs.   


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Making Sense of Dealership Speak – Car Buying Terms You Need To Know

Whether you’re buying a new car or a used one, it helps to have some understanding of the terminology used by dealerships. 

Car sales ‘lingo’ can be confusing, and the unfamiliar words and acronyms often add to the stress of buying a car. 

We’ve put together this glossary of terms to help prepare you for some of the common terms you might hear at every step of the car buying process.  Knowing these in advance can help you negotiate a better price and walk away with the car you want feeling confident that you have got a good deal.

Our glossary is split into three parts:  the car search/shopping; the negotiation; and finance/delivery.

Part One – Car Shopping

Allocation

The new car inventory a manufacturer allows the dealer to purchase.

Basic Warranty

The terms established by each manufacturer to repair vehicles within a specific mileage and/or time.  All factory-installed and some dealer-installed parts are covered under this warranty.

Blue Book

Officially named the Kelley Blue Book (KBB), this is used to look up the fair market price of the vehicle.

Buyers Guide

This is a document that informs the customer of warranty coverage, exclusions, repair obligations, and disclosures and must be displayed on the window of all used cars.

CarFax Report

A CarFax report is a vehicle history report that helps you make an informed purchasing decision. It includes a vehicle description, accident details, mileage verification, recall checks, and the number of previous owners.

Certified Pre-Owned

A certified pre-owned car is a low-mileage, accident-free used car that is typically less than seven years old and has been reconditioned to meet strict manufacturer or dealer standards. They also typically have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.

Extended Warranty

A contract that protects the car owner against mechanical failures and breakdowns.  Extended warranties are also referred to as Vehicle Service Contracts.  This warranty will pay for covered repairs after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

Lemon Law Vehicle

A vehicle with problems that has been repurchased by or had its price renegotiated with the manufacturer.  The state marks its official records or issues a title brand for the lemon law vehicles.

MSRP

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price.  The retail price of the vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer.  Often called the sticker price or list price.

Off-Lease Vehicle

Vehicles that are returned at the end of the lease term.  Usually, an off-lease vehicle is either sold to the lessee by the dealership, auctioned off, or sold as a used vehicle.

Recon/Reconditioning

The vehicle was recently taken in on trade or acquired and is going through service, inspection, detail, etc to be put on the lot.  This process can take anywhere between 2 days – 2 months depending on the vehicle’s condition and can sometimes be “pushed through” or rushed to be made available for sale.  They will often not be priced until the work is complete so they can include the cost of repair in the pricing.

Service Loaner

A new car that was used to loan to customers when their vehicle was receiving extended service at the dealership.  Once the car reaches a certain amount of mileage, it becomes a retired service loaner and is for sale at a discounted price.

Window Sticker/Monroney Sticker

Sticker on the vehicle that contains the description of the vehicle, equipment, options, and MSRP.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

The VIN is a 17-digit identification number that’s unique to each car. It includes the code for the year, make, body, style, and engine type of the vehicle. The number can be found on the driver’s side door jamb or under the windshield. You can use this number to run a check on the car’s history.


Part Two – The Negotiation

So, you’ve found the car you want, now begins the negotiation.  To best prepare yourself, here are the most common terms that you should know.

As-Is

The vehicle has no warranty and the dealer is not liable for any issues in any way.

Cap Cost

The capitalized cost of a lease vehicle is the actual negotiated selling price of the vehicle.  It may also include any acquisition fees, negative equity from a trade-in, and additional money to be paid out of the deal.

Capitalized Cost Reduction

The amount of any trade-in allowance, rebate, noncash credit, or cash that reduces the gross capitalized cost.  Can also be shown as a down payment.

Closed-End Lease

A type of lease in which the lessee is not responsible for the value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.  The lessee is liable for excess mileage and excessive wear and use.  This is also called the guaranteed trade-in, net lease, or walk-way lease.

Dealer Incentives

Unadvertised cash incentives given by the manufacturer to the dealer to help boost the sales of a specific model.

Destination Charge

The amount the automaker charges the dealer to deliver a new vehicle from the factory.  This is often a fixed, unavoidable cost to the dealer and usually cannot be negotiated.

Equity

When a customer owes less money on their loan than the vehicle is worth.

Lease

A vehicle agreement that allows you to drive the vehicle without paying a large sum of cash or take out a loan.  To lease the car, you are required to make a down payment – typically less than 20% of the car’s value – followed by a monthly payment for the term of the lease.  When the term expires, you return the vehicle.

Lien

A claim against a vehicle by another party that utilizes the vehicle as a security for repayment of a loan or other claim.  Usually, will affect the ability to transfer ownership.

Mark-up

The difference between the cost of the merchandise and its initial retail price.  The amount of profit received by the dealer on each car.  Mark-up can be calculated by subtracting the invoice price from the selling price.

MSRP

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price – the retail price of the vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer.  Often call sticker price or list price.

Open-End Lease

A lease that required the lessee to pay any difference between the residual value of the vehicle and the fair market value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.

Purchase Agreement

A contract signed by the buyer and seller that indicated the conditions under which an item or property will be sold.

Rebates/Incentives

Discounts provided by the automaker to help encourage additional vehicle sales.  Can be in the form of cash or special low-interest rates.

Recall

When the manufacturers receive notice of defects on their vehicles, they issue a recall notice to inform owners of the defects and suggest improvements that can or must be made to improve the safety or functionality of the vehicle.  Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to the owner.

Retail Contract

The terms and conditions of a vehicle sale agreed upon between consumer and dealer.

Trade Disclosure

A vehicle Trade Purchase Disclosure form is used to properly notify a customer purchasing a used vehicle of the vehicle’s prior use from when it is traded.

Trade-In value

The value that a car dealership will give for an existing vehicle as a deposit on a new car.


Part 3 – Finance & Delivery

The financing of your new vehicle can either be completed through a personal auto loan or through the dealership via a lease or financing loan.  Be aware of the following terms.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

This annual interest rate is the amount the lender charges you on the money borrowed. It’s based on the Federal rates, with some additional fees added in. This amount is based on your credit score.

Add-Ons

Products or services added by dealerships.  Common examples are rust-proofing, dent protection, extended warranties, etc.  Add-ons drive up the sticker price of a vehicle, but their actual cost IS negotiable.

Aftermarket

Replacement or add-on purchases for a product after the original sale.  Includes replacement parts, accessories, and appearance parts.

Amount Financed

The agreed-upon sale price of the vehicle, plus any charges for taxes, title, license fees, service contracts, and insurance that may be included in the deal.  Less any down payment and/or net trade-in allowance.  This is the amount that is subject to finance charges.

Dealer Prep Fees

Charges – usually negotiable – added to the purchase price to cover the cost of preparing the purchased cars for delivery to the customer.  It includes detail, filling with gas, walking the customer through how the vehicle works, etc.

Down Payment

This is the money you put down on a vehicle to reduce how much needs to be financed. The more you put down, the less you have to pay each month.

Gap Insurance

Insurance that covers the difference between a vehicle’s depreciated value in a loan or a lease and the amount owed on it in the case it is stolen or totaled, a difference the owner or lessee would otherwise pay to the lessor.

Residual Percentage

Expressed as a percentage of MRSRP, this is the vehicle’s expected future value at the end of a lease of a specific term and specific mileage. For example, an average car depreciates in value by about 50% over a 3-year lease. The remaining 50% is its residual percentage.

Residual Value

The lease-end value of the vehicle set at lease inception by the lessor.  “Future expected value” of the vehicle based on certain age, mileage, and condition.

Term

The length of a leasing or finance agreement or how long you will make payments each month for the duration of the contract.

Termination Fee

When the loan or lease is ended, you could be charged a termination fee. Ask what this fee is upfront, so there are no surprises.

Title

An official document stating the legal owner(s) of the vehicle.

We-Owe

A form completed when something was promised to the customer during the sale that cannot be delivered until later, eg, window tinting, tires, wheels, etc.


Now you’re armed with this glossary, put these terms to work, and start car shopping with OneRequest!

April 2022 New Cars on the Block

2022 continues with a few revisions and some cool new options! 

2023 BMW 7 Series

2023 BMW 7 Series

BMW’s full-size flagship sedan returns with new bodywork and a host of new technologies that wouldn’t be out of place in their Rolls-Royce big brothers.  Notably absent from the next-gen 7, internally dubbed the G70, is the V12.  What we will get, however, is a new V8 meeting stricter emissions standards while making more power. 

2023 BMW i7 

2023 BMW i7

With an approach different from competitor Mercedes and their slippery, tech-laden EQS, the all-electric version of the 7 will be based on the same underpinnings as the gasoline model.  A more traditional sedan shape should entice those looking to blend in with their surroundings a bit more than some EVs. 

2023 Ferrari 296 GTS 

2023 Ferrari 296 GTS

Following its 296GTB coupe stablemate, the GTS keeps the V6 hybrid technology and adds a retractable hardtop able to be folded in 14 seconds at up to 28 mph.  Pricing will start in the mid-$300k range. 

2023 Hyundai Palisade 

2023 Hyundai Palisade

The first revision of Hyundai’s smash hit full-size Palisade includes revised front and rear fascias to match Hyundai’s exterior language, along with a refreshed interior with added driver seat massage function, steering wheel redesign, added USB-C ports throughout, and ventilated second-row/heated third-row seats. 

2023 Kia Telluride 

2023 Kia Telluride

As is often the case with cars on the same chassis, the Telluride will also get a few updates like its Palisade cousin.  New are the sport-trimmed X Line model, as well as a more hardcore X-Pro model with smaller wheels, beefier tires, 5500 pounds towing capacity, and more ground clearance.  All models get a new 12.3 inch screen and three new color options. 

2023 Jeep Wagoneer L / Grand Wagoneer L 

2023 Jeep Wagoneer L / Grand Wagoneer L

Jeep has sat on the sideline and watched as the biggest models from other domestic automakers offered an even longer version of their full-size body-on-frame people/cargo movers.  Until now!  With 7” additional wheelbase and 12” overall, the Wagoneer duo is ready to compete with the Suburban, Yukon XL, Escalade ESV, Expedition Max, and Navigator L.  Along with the new Hurricane Inline-6, a few more MPGs will be realized vs. the current shorter Wagoneers. 

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS

With the EQS and EQE sedans already out and confirmed for production, the EQS SUV follows suit as the luxury flagship seven-seater SUV from the world’s older automaker.  More aerodynamic but also more compact than the existing GLS gas model, the EQS580 4MATIC will have up to 536 horsepower and 300+ miles of range. 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB 

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB

As the entry-level seven-seat Mercedes crossover option, the EQB promises a more affordable option in the budding EV SUV segment.  Because of its low center of gravity, we predict it will also be fun to pilot around town.  Active aerodynamics and 288 horsepower are standard. 

In Other News… 

2023 Toyota Supra manual transmission

The Toyota Supra will be getting a manual transmission for the 2023 model year.  After several years with the terrific ZF 8-speed automatic, Toyota decided the time was right.  As a joint venture with the BMW Z4, we hope to find the same setup in more BMWs down the road as well. 

2023 Mazda’s CX-30

The rotary engine will return, kind of.  Mazda’s CX-30 compact crossover is the lucky recipient of Mazda’s historically significant, fan-favorite Wankel rotary engine as a range extender.  While many hoped for a rear-drive coupe catered toward enthusiasts, the PHEV CX-30 will benefit from hybrid capabilities without range anxiety. 

2023 GMC Canyon

As the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon is scheduled to be replaced in the near future, GMC has already teased an even more off-road-ready variant.  The growing family of AT4X models usually includes hardware like locking differentials, spool-valve dampers, wider/taller suspension, and all-terrain tires.  We are excited to see more than they have teased us with, but the rock rails are a fantastic start! 

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight will get the axe after the 2022 model year.  In exchange, Honda is promising hybrid versions of their bread and butter Accord, Civic, and CR-V. 

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet has teased and confirmed some kind of hybrid, AWD Corvette.  Details are yet to come and we are excited to learn more! 


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Guide to Buying a Car Out of State

The unprecedented chip shortage and supply chain issues have made finding your next car more and more difficult. Less new car inventory and empty car lots have increased the demand for used cars, causing a sharp increase in used car prices.  

With fewer local options, extending your car search to dealerships outside your state may be the solution.  Using an online search platform like OneRequest can help you find the exact new car you’re looking for or the perfect used car anywhere in the country. (By the way – OneRequest has millions of listings from virtually all the dealers nationwide, so we can be a one-stop-shop for you. No need to search websites elsewhere. We are not an ad platform, so unlike other car shopping sites, we don’t just show listings from dealers who have paid to list their inventory!)

Whether the car you find is across the state line, or across the country, buying out of state doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. In this guide we look at the reasons why shopping out of state might be beneficial. We also walk you through the process of bringing home a vehicle from another state.

Why buy a car out of state? 

For one, it will give you a much wider choice of cars, especially if you are looking for a particularly rare make and model; the only limitation is how far you are willing to travel to pick up the car, or the cost of shipping the car to your home.   

Another advantage is that local supply and demand, manufacturer rebates, financing offers, and leasing incentives vary by region which may mean the same car costs less out of state.   Plus, you can get better deals on certain vehicles in varying regions. For example, if you want a convertible, you may be able to get a better deal for it if you buy it in Seattle instead of Los Angeles.  Likewise, a 4WD pick-up might be easier to find in Phoenix than in Montana or Colorado.     

These are all reasons why you might want to consider buying a car out of state, but before you pull the trigger on the sale, here are some things you need to consider:  

Considerations When Buying an Out-of-State Vehicle
  1. Make sure you can drive the car in your state 
  1. Examine the Vehicle History Report 
  1. Get an Inspection 
  1. Pay for Car/Sales Tax 
  1. Arrange delivery 
  1. Request the Title 
  1. Register the Vehicle 

Make sure you can drive the car in your state 

Make sure that the car meets the standards of the state in which it will be registered and titled.  Many states require an inspection and cars to meet certain emission standards. Your state’s DMV can provide information on the required inspection tests for your new car.  California has the most stringent rules, set by the California Air Resources Board, and these have been adopted by 14 other states, plus the District of Columbia. 

Examine the vehicle history report 

If it’s a used car, you will want to know what this car has been through before you buy it. With a vehicle history report, from trusted sources like Carfax or Autocheck, you can tell if the car has been in any collisions, what type of service it has received, and how many owners it has had.   

A Certified Pre-Owned car will have been inspected and repaired, if necessary, to ensure it is up to the strict quality requirements established by the automaker.  Ask the dealership to provide the paperwork of their inspection and breakdown of any reconditioning they performed. It should also come with extended warranty coverage from the manufacturer. If it is a new car, ask to see the window sticker for the vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as the list of standard and optional equipment.  

You can also ask the salesperson to provide additional close-up pictures or even videos to show the cosmetic condition of the car.  

Get an inspection 

If it is a used car, get a mechanic to look at the vehicle for you.  It’s a small price to pay to make sure you avoid a costly mistake.  An inspection can confirm how accurate the listing is, and report any damage to the vehicle. There are multiple third-party inspection companies nationwide that stand by their inspections, such as Lemon Squad and Carchex. 

Pay sales tax 

You will need to pay state sales tax for the state that the car is going to be registered in, not the one you bought it in. You will also need to pay County taxes where you live. 

If you buy a car from a dealership, they will likely collect the required sales tax, but check this is rolled into the final price.  If you’re buying a used car from a private party, it is more likely that you will pay the taxes when you register your car at the DMV.  

Arrange transportation 

You should be sure to budget for the cost of transporting the new car back to your state of residence.  

Some dealerships have their own transportation service, but many require out-of-state customers to arrange their own delivery provider. Ask the dealership for their recommendation, and a point of contact.   

Request the title 

If you plan to drive the car home yourself, you should check with your auto insurer that the car is insured.   

The dealership should give you a temporary title and registration that will allow you to legally drive your new vehicle home.  If you buy from a private seller, make sure they give you the signed title and a bill of sale that names you as the current owner. Some states require you to have a temporary trip permit or temporary registration.  Driving without a license plate will get you stopped by law enforcement in most cases, so make sure you have all the necessary paperwork.  

Register the vehicle 

Depending on your state, you will have a set amount of time to get the car registered at your local DMV.  A dealership will likely handle all the sales tax and fees but check beforehand so there are no surprises when you visit the DMV. 

If it is a used vehicle, generally you’ll have to pay the sales tax, title fees, and registration costs when you visit the DMV, which will then provide you with the license plates.  You will need to provide proof of residence to register the car, so bring along your driver’s license and a utility bill. 


While buying a car out of state may require some additional effort, it can be a great way to find the car you want, and even get a better deal.  Taking the time to understand the extra steps will help you be prepared and make it a smoother car buying process.  


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“The Concierge fee is more than worth it for the peace of mind that I got the best deal, the time savings, the ease of the buying process, and having an advisor by my side. The OneRequest Concierge service is a different level of experience.” 

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“Very professional and great to work with such competent staff. They listened carefully to what we were looking for and scoured the country to find the car we wanted at the best price! They did all the searching and leg work for us without us having to go through a dealer and give out all our personal information. We will use this service again!”

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“I couldn’t have been happier with OneRequest Concierge and the experience provided! Easily the most convenient and stress-free way to purchase a vehicle. My personal concierge handled all the paperwork and negotiations and was even on the phone with me while signing to make sure they didn’t try to upsell me on anything I didn’t need. 10/10 would recommend this service.”

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“I had a great experience using the OneRequest concierge service.  In such a challenging car buying market, it was great to have an expert in my corner to locate viable options and negotiate both the new car purchase and my trade-in.  They helped me get the best deal possible and saved me a ton of time by putting in all the legwork on my behalf.  OneRequest was a valuable partner in my car buying process!”