I am an independent student who's about to start his second year in college. As I begin to consider things like internships and other important businesses in my life, I realize that I need to get myself a car. Up until now, I've been getting rides from people to go to places, but I will be living by myself on a campus starting next semester, so I will need my own means of transportation. This is not to say that I must have a car while living on campus right now. I just think that I need to begin preparing for a more independent life very soon.
Currently, I do not have any money saved up, but I plan to start saving by working on campus. To describe my financial background, I am practically getting a full ride to attend school, so most of my money will be spent on food and other basic necessities. I don't think I will have any extraneous expenses. However, I realize that I definitely will not be able to buy a car in the near future, but I'd appreciate any advice or know-how's on buying a car. Tips on saving money, knowledge on financial matters like financing a car, and advice on choosing a car would be very helpful.
I expect almost no financial support from my family, so a realistic yet constructive criticism, though it may be hurtful, on my current outlook is welcome. Thank you.