Collaborative Post¦ Let’s be honest about it, choosing a new family car isn’t exactly thrilling. In fact, the whole process can end up giving you a bit of a headache – after all, there’s just so much to think about and consider.
The chances are that the kids will have an opinion about the type or colour of car they want you to buy, while you and your partner will both also have ideas about the kind of car you should get, as well as how much money you should spend on your new vehicle and whether you should buy second-hand or go brand new.
The truth is that purchasing a new family car is a huge investment – whether it’s bought second-hand or brand new – so it’s important to think carefully about what car to get. You need to think about the kind of car you want, whether to buy brand new or second-hand, and how much you want to spend on it at a maximum.
There’s a lot to consider when selecting a new family car, however the process doesn’t have to be a total nightmare. Below is a guide to some of the crucial factors to take into account when it comes to selecting a new family car – have a read, take note, and hopefully you will find selecting a car a little easier and less stressful than you thought it would be.
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When you’re driving around as a family, one of the most important factors is safety. That’s why you want to be mindful of how safe a vehicle has been designed to be, before you purchase it. When young children are involved, there is nothing that tops their safety, not even the cost. Of course, every car is tested and checked for safety before being put out onto the road, however that doesn’t mean that every car is built equal when it comes to safety.
Each car is rated out of five stars for its level of safety as part of the production process. You can source information regarding a car’s safety level via the internet or via manufacturers themselves.
For a family car, the last thing that you want is to opt for a vehicle that is constantly breaking down. You need a car that is highly reliable and should it break down, easy and affordable to fix. A lot of people make the mistake of buying an older car because older cars are cheaper, however often these older vehicles break down more easily and when they do, can be more expensive to fix as parts can sometimes be harder to come by.
In addition to the cost of the vehicle itself, you also need to consider the additional running costs that come with the vehicle. You need to consider how much fuel your vehicle guzzles and whether it is an economic family choice. You also need to think about insurance costs – how much will the vehicle take to insure? To get an idea, compare numerous car insurance underwriters and see what kind of quotes you get back. It’s important to consider the various aspects of car running costs, to make sure that a vehicle is affordable for you.
When you are trying to raise a family, money is everything, so make sure to opt for a car that you can afford.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our 5 year old daughter Autumn and 1 year old son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.