Choosing the perfect gifts for your family members can be fun and rewarding. If only choosing the perfect family car was the same! Buying a car for your family is an important decision, and can be overwhelming. You have to take more factors into consideration than if you were simply choosing a runaround to get you from A to B. If you’re in the market for a new family car, here are four helpful considerations to get you started.
Get Your Priorities Straight
Space is usually high on a buyer’s list when it comes to buying a family car, but space is far from the only consideration, and it may not even top your list of priorities. Knowing what matters to you and your family is an essential starting point. Otherwise you could become overwhelmed with choice and forget something essential. It would be a shame to end up inadvertently choosing a vehicle that falls short, when you could have had the ideal car. Consider factors like how many seats you will need, fuel economy, and what terrain you will be driving the car on. (What’s the point of having a big car for outdoor family adventures if you can’t go off-roading, right?) Involving the kids in this process of weighing priorities can be fun, and make the children feel part of the decision.
Understand your budget
With so many cars to choose from, you may have drawn up a long list of cars you’d consider for your family. But you have to narrow down your options somehow, and budget is a great place to start. While the upfront cost of a vehicle is important, it’s also vital to take running costs into consideration, as you’ll be paying these for as long as you have the car. Look at your list of potential vehicles and consider what you’ll have to pay monthly, including tax, fuel, insurance and maintenance costs. Understanding what you’re signed on for month after month will help you make a more sensible decision when it comes to the initial outlay. Once you’ve worked out your budget, decide how you will fund the purchase. Will you go for HP or PCP finance, or pay in cash upfront?
Look Into Used Car Options
Buying a used car is a great way to get good quality without paying the world, but not all used cars were created equal. Unless you’re an experienced car expert, you’d be better off buying from a reputable dealer, ideally with manufacturer approval. For example, Vauxhall Approved Used Car Offers would be a wise bet, while purchasing a car in a private sale would be risky. (The last thing you want in a family car is risk!)
Choose The Ideal Body Style
Many people think of car manufacturer as the main category when it comes to choosing a family car. However, this may not be the most sensible way to divide your options. Thinking about body style can be more productive, as it highlights practical considerations. While the standard saloon with four doors is the traditional ‘family car’ owed to its large volume of luggage capacity, but this shape is quite inflexible because the boot and cabin are separate. A five-door hatchback is highly practical, while an estate offers loads of space in the boot for those four-legged family members.
Whether you’re buying new or second hand, choosing a family car can be daunting. These tips will help you get your priorities in order and find the right car for your needs.