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Top tips for finding the perfect family car

January 30, 2018

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There are two really exciting (and expensive) purchases in life, one is a house and another is a car.

Both of these purchases require planning and research, especially when you are buying a car for your family. We started our family life with a small three-door car and soon realised that it wasn’t going to work for us long-term, so set about the quite daunting task of finding a safe, reliable, easy to drive family car.

Here are my top tips for finding your family car

Research

One of the first things you should do when you decide to buy a new car is to do your research. There are so many resources out there for you to use when researching a car, it can be quite overwhelming so my first port of call was to make a list of everything I knew or thought I knew we needed. For our family of three then and then when we upgraded to a new car before we became a four we had the following list.

Firstly, we needed something that would be spacious enough for four, we needed a boot that would be big enough for a double buggy, we needed roof bars for a roof box, it needed to be affordable, we’d need it to be safe and have ISOFIX points and finally we wanted it to be high so it was easier to get the girls in and out of the car.

We did a lot of researching online, as well as asking friends and family which was really key to narrowing down the list of models we wanted to see more of at a dealership.

Budget

Before we committed to the purchase of our car we checked we could not only afford the monthly payments but the insurance, tax, servicing and likely fuel costs. This made it very easy for us to negotiate the costs when it came to buying the car as we knew our total monthly cost.

Test drive

Before purchasing a car, always be sure to test-drive it. When we bought our first Nissan Qashqai we were moving from a three-door Polo to a 4×2 car which was higher and bigger, so for me, it was really important to make sure I felt comfortable behind the wheel, especially as I would now have children in the back.

Check your car seats

Check your car seats, if you have existing ones, will fit into the new car and that they have the right fixtures and fittings. i.e.ISOFIX.

New and Used Cars

When making a car purchase, although your heart may be set on a brand new one, you may find a better deal on a used one. Car dealerships often have great deals just before new registration plates come out so try and time your purchase to those times of the year as you might get a much better deal.

If you’re looking for help choosing your family car, a site like cars.com can help with comparisons and information on models. 

Sarah x

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