Searching for the ideal family car can sometimes be a stressful task, particularly if you’re not sure what you should be looking out for. Many new parents who are used to driving smaller vehicles suddenly realise that what to look for in an SUV or people carrier isn’t quite the same as what they would consider from a small hatchback like a Ford Fiesta or Peugeot 208.
The good news is that finding the perfect family vehicle needn’t be such a minefield if you take into account the following advice:
Consider what you’ll be using the car for
Are your children of school age, or is there a few years before you’ll be doing the school run? Are you and your partner both working full-time or will one of you be staying at home? These are some considerations you should take into account when looking for a family car. Think of it as an investment – a reliable people carrier will stand you in good stead for years on the school run, and should be spacious enough to also fit everything in on the weekly shop, as well as reliable enough to get you to work on a daily basis.
Think about car safety
As parents, we naturally want to do everything we can to protect our children from danger. You should make it a priority to find out about what car safety features individual models have. You may end up paying slightly more for a family car with additional safety features, but this can be offset by what you’ll save on insurance.
Set a budget, and stick to it
As the cost of raising a child continues to increase, it’s important to budget accordingly. If a second-hand family vehicle is more affordable, be sure to choose a reputable dealer (such as LG Car Sales Ltd) to ensure you get the best value for money and a car you can rely on.