Choosing a Vehicle
Buying a car that’s right for your family situation comes down to a number of factors. The things that mattered when you shopped for a vehicle when you were single is a lot different than when you’re shopping around for a car for yourself. The features, capabilities, size and price all play a much bigger role. If you’re on the market for a family vehicle, then the following tips will help you pinpoint something that suits your family’s needs.
Size Definitely Matters:
How big is your family? Obviously, the more people you have, the bigger the vehicle you need. While this is generally true, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a big body car to accommodate your family size. There are new models on the market today that are smaller in size, but offer seven or even eight seater capabilities. For instance, the Buick Enclave is a mid-size SUV that can sit up to eight people, depending on the model. Do note that most three-row seat vehicles have small trunk space, except for the large body sports utility vehicles, like Suburbans and Escalades.
On the other hand, if you have a smaller family with one or two children, you can opt for a full-size sedan. This is much better on gas and the prices are normally lower.
The Gas Mileage Factor:
You can’t forget about gas mileage. If you’re traveling all around town or even long distances regularly, then you need a car with great fuel economy. You wouldn’t want to opt for a big body SUV that guzzles up gas. On the other hand, if you don’t drive that often, but need lots of space to transport bags of clothes from The Children’s Place and a car full of children, then a bigger model would be ideal. You’ll just to weigh the pros and cons to determine what’s best for your situation.
Affordability is a Must:
Those with families normally have a tighter budget. The more people in your household, the less money there is to go around. It’s important to choose a vehicle that’s within your budget constraints, so you don’t fall into debt. It may be tempting to get a brand new model Suburban, but why go there, when you can settle for an older model at half the price?
Used vs New:
Determining whether you should purchase a new or used vehicle comes down to your budget. Buying new is ideal if you have good credit and can get a great deal on the down payment and interest rates. If you can’t really afford this, then your best bet would be to go with a used car. You can try to purchase one at a cash price or go with low monthly payments. There are plenty of used vehicles for sale on online classifieds and local dealers.
If you’re on the market for a new or used car and have a family to accommodate, then you can use the above tips to help choose the right model.
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