Collaborative Post¦ When you are a young family, you might make do with just the one car for a very long time. Even if both parents are working, there might be a way for one of you to take public transport, or your working hours might even allow you to carpool together or alternate car usage.
So when is a second car a good idea? Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you might consider getting a second car for your family.
One of you has to be on the other side of town for a hospital appointment with the kids, the other has to be in an important meeting two towns in the other direction. The public transport timetables don’t work, and the cost of taxis puts that completely out of the question. Instead, the easiest option might be for you to have two separate cars.
If your schedules are on two different paths that won’t converge for some time, you need to consider that you might have to get a second car to be able to achieve everything you want to properly.
One of the most important times to get a car is both when you need it and when you can afford it. A young family has many outgoing costs and you don’t want to invest in something as expensive as a car if you can’t really afford it.
However, there are some things you can do to make that new car just a little bit more affordable. For example, you could buy a good quality second-hand car over one that is brand-new.
Another key area you can save money on is your car insurance. Shop around for the right car insurance quote for you. When you compare quotes from a range of different providers, you should be able to find the right policy at a reasonable price.
Sometimes, it is more convenient to a larger family to have two cars over one big one. Though you might have a seven-seater car that everyone can squeeze into, you might also want to make sure that you have another five-seater. It might be more convenient if you have to play taxi to large groups of friends at birthday parties, or if your parents regularly come along on family days out.
Consider how your family approaches day to day activities. If you think they might benefit from a second car, it might be time to get one.
The right second car for your family is going to depend on so many things. Think about what your family needs from a vehicle. If their needs aren’t being met by your current situation, now might be the time to find a new one. Having two cars in a small family can seem like such a luxury, but it is a great way to get your family out and experiencing so much more.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 29 year old mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our daughter Autumn and newborn son Reuben.
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