Whilst it may seem like a relatively simple thing to do, investing in a family car can be a challenging (and not to mention costly) pastime. Finding the ideal family car even more so!
After all, families rarely stay the same size for long, whilst the new and used car markets are packed full of viable options for customers. Every family must also operate within their own, carefully designed budgets, which in turn creates significant restrictions that are hard to navigate.
In this post, we’ll look at the key considerations when buying a family car and ask how you can select the ideal family car for you!
New vs. used cars
We’d all like to invest in a brand new car for our families, as this provides greater peace of mind in terms of performance and the available safety features.
However, there’s a reason why used car sales continue to outstrip new vehicles in Ireland and the UK, as these models are far more affordable in a challenging economic climate.
It’s also important to note that new cars are expensive assets that continue to depreciate in value from the moment that you buy them, so you could find yourself facing a significant loss in a relatively short space of time.
Not only this, but reputable used car dealers offer a wide range of vehicles in the modern age, with these models typically in excellent condition and available at competitive prices.
Your budget and size requirements
Just because you’re targeting more affordable vehicles in the used car market, you’ll still need to set a fixed budget that enables you to operate within your means.
Ideally, you’ll be able to work towards the lower end of your budget, whether you’re making an outright purchase or committing to a low-cost finance agreement. This way, you’ll be able to create a financial contingency plan and avoid placing a strain on your resources.
Size is another key consideration for the ideal family car, as you’ll need to have enough seats to ferry your kids around whilst ensuring that there’s room for luggage and accessories when travelling.
You may have loose plans to extend your family in the near-term too, and you should factor this into your decision making when buying a car. This will prevent you from having to upgrade again in a relatively short period of time and potentially save you some cash.
The safety features
We’ve already touched on the safety features included in modern cars, and this is a key consideration when ferrying children from A to B.
Fortunately, most used cars sold by dealerships are relatively new and exceptionally safe to drive, but there are a select few features that you should look for as a consumer.
Vehicles with Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB) are a must, for example, whilst the presence of blind spot protection and rear-view cameras can also minimise the risk of collisions.
The Safety Exit Assist is also a neat feature for your car to have, especially if you want to safeguard your children whilst in transit.
Are you currently looking for the ideal family car? Perhaps you have some additional pointers you’d like to add? Do share in a comment below.
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