Families have a lot of expenses to think about: the mortgage or rent, food, utilities, clothing, daily allowances, and the like. Your budget for the car should be enough to cover not only its purchase but also the gas, insurance, and maintenance costs. It’s a good thing that the used-car market has plenty of options for you no matter how big or small your budget is, but it’s still important to stick to your budget. You can go online and have a look at the current market prices of the car models that you have in mind.
The size or seating capacity of the model you’re getting should be appropriate for your family size and lifestyle. For instance, if you have a large family, a sports utility vehicle, a station wagon, or a van can be your best bet. If you have young children who all need to be in car seats, these larger models are ideal because your kids will have enough space and become more comfortable, especially during a lengthy ride.
When you have your family with you, safety is the top priority. The car you choose should have safety features installed, especially if you have younger children or if the car will be used by teenagers who have just learned how to drive. Must-have features include the airbags (front, side, curtain, and knee), anti-lock braking system, electronic stability program, reverse parking sensors, and of course, seat belts. Child locks on doors and windows are also recommended. Do a search for models with high safety ratings to narrow down your choices.
The easier you can access your child’s car seats at the back, the better you’ll feel when driving with your family in tow. Cars with sliding rear seats are a good idea, as you can adjust the seats to bring your child closer to you and attend to her when necessary. Wide-opening doors will also make it easier for you to get younger children in and out of the vehicle. MPVs or vans with sliding rear doors offer lots of accessibility and convenience.
The car’s storage area should be spacious enough for your child’s stroller, sports equipment, school bags, your groceries, diaper bags, and if you’re taking your pet along, a kennel.
The car is the family’s second-biggest investment after a home, so it’s only right to make sure that we make the right decision when buying our family car. Think everything through so you can have a peace of mind that wherever you go with your family, your precious ones are always snug and safe.