As time passed we had to return our rental car and look for an alternative. We pointed out in our last post last that it’s crucial to have a car in Orange if you want to get around and live off-campus. There are two possibilities for how you can get a car during your time at Chapman.
The first one would be to buy a car but there are many things you have to take into consideration. First is finding the right dealership. You have to be aware that there are many car dealers who just want to get rid of their junk. We went to a lot of car dealers and found EZE Auto Brokers in Orange that had really nice owners and offer prices that start at $3,000. They’ll handle all of the paperwork and registration for a minimal extra charge. The only thing you have to take care of is car insurance which should be around $500 for one semester. We recommend Progressive or State Farm but the dealership owner can also provide you with additional information.
The second option is to rent a car. One option is to rent it in Orange at Super Cheap Car Rentals (www.supercheapcar.com) or at Dirt Cheap Car Rentals in San Diego (www.dirtcheaprentacar.com/). We chose to go down to San Diego and get the car there simply because they had better cars, prices and service. You can also get the car serviced by the rental company for free every month which is good if you are travelling a lot.
We chose to rent a car instead of buying one was because they will exchange the car immediately if something breaks. So far our car has survived a lot of trips through California and the desert of Nevada. If you are only staying at Chapman for one semester then this would be the right option for you, especially if you have someone you can share the car with.
EZE Auto Brokers.
1040 W. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714 – 532 – 3299
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.