Is it time to upgrade your ride? Here’s a few things to consider before making your way to the dealership to buy a new family car…
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As the family grows, so must your vehicle…
Buying an automobile is not to be taken lightly-as many big purchases shouldn’t be done on a whim. So before you trek over to a car dealership, here’s a few things to consider and keep in mind…
What Kind Of Family Car Do You Need?
This is the most important – deciding what kind of car you need, before you go and find something you really want.
Sure, you might only have one kid, but the two door sedan isn’t going to work out if you are dealing with a car seat. If you suspect you’ll be doing a alot of sports activities in the coming years, a small car with an even smaller trunk probably isn’t the best option either. If you are even thinking of having more kids in the near future, you are going to want to calculate multiple child seat space as well.
So before you look at anything, decide what your Family Car goals should be – it’ll keep your eye on the prize, and not allow you to get distracted with vehicles that aren’t practical for your needs.
What Kind Of Car Can You Afford?
Setting a budget is vital for any successful purchase. This also avoids a lot of disappointment. You won’t be as inclined to test drive if you already have a set budget in mind, and stick to it. There also won’t be any wasting of time on cars that you know you can’t afford to buy.
Remember, this is a family car – what you spend should be practical. Give yourself a financial number cap, and don’t stray from it.
Research Safety & Reviews!
This is a family car you’re preparing to buy – emphasis on family. They are going to be the ones using it. So you want to make sure they are as safe as possible. It’s important before purchasing a vehicle, that you research all reviews and ratings on it’s mechanics, and safety features. Find a make/model that suits your needs, and see what current owners have to say.
If there’s an overwhelming amount of negative feedback on features, drive-ability, and mechanics, you may want to avoid altogether. Not only will this save you money in the long run- it could save your family’s life.
Decide if this car is affordable in the long run…
You don’t just buy a car and be done with it – you still have to pay monthly payments (unless buying in-full), insurance, and maintenance. And while you might think you can afford a down payment and monthly payments, the insurance alone could make a car impractical to purchase. You should also consider what parts might end up costing you, should they need to be replaced (and it falls outside of a warranty).
Everyone’s financial situation is different, but think in the most practical terms for you. If 4 new tires (worst case scenario) on your new family car could cost more than you’re wiling to pay, you might want to consider something more affordable, maintenance wise.
Make sure you aren’t going to have reservations later…
Sometimes, buyers remorse is unavoidable. There’s unforseen factors that you might not notice, or realize, until after the deal is done. But if you do notice things with your potential new family car, address them before buying.
If your husband’s head grazes the roof, making driving uncomfortable, don’t ignore it. The kids have leg room now, but you’re worried that within a few years they won’t, reconsider the purchase. When the wife notices she doesn’t have enough cup-holders, you may want to rethink this decision before you sign paperwork.
Buying a Family Car shouldn’t be a decision made in one day…
In the most practical way of thinking, this should be a vehicle you’ll use for a while. Figure out your needs, do your research, and make a sound decision.
You can find a ton of useful information to help with this decision, at Cars.com!