After your house, your family car could be the second-largest expenditure. With that in mind, you should put some thought into the vehicle you want to purchase. Below are several things to consider when buying a family car.
• Budget but for More than the Purchase
It all boils down to what you can afford. However, your budget should take into account more than the purchase price. Start with your current car and calculate how much you will have to add. I recommend you trade-in the car than sell it privately, as then the new car will cost less.
Other things you should include in the budget include the annual cost of road-tax, fuel costs, plus servicing. If it adds up considerably, there's no point investing in a car you cannot afford to maintain.
Ask yourself how much room do you need? A small family can make due with a small sedan, but a family with multiple kids will need a vehicle with extra space to accommodate passengers and bags.
If you are likely to carry more passengers than bags, get a vehicle with a third row. However, if you are likely to take more bags than people, then get one with two rows and a bigger trunk.
Safety is a top priority when shopping for a family car, but safety goes beyond the standard seat belts, and airbags.
Get a family car with autopilot, self-parking features, and driver monitoring software. These are features that can reduce the likelihood of an accident. Also, check the safety rating as this will show the possibility of the car to roll over, or remain sturdy when in an accident.
• Interior Trim
Kids, especially toddlers, are known to be messy, and they will make the biggest messes owing to their constant demand for food and drinks. Thus, interior trim should be easy to clean and durable to handle the abuse.
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