Tips for Buying a Family Car

When you’re buying a family car, whether it’s your first time or you’re well versed, there are certain things that you should look out for.

Earlier this year I told you about my memories of learning to drive and buying my first car.  That first time buying a car I was looking for a little runaround. Nothing fancy, but I loved my little red fiesta.

When you have a baby, your priorities for your car change. No longer are you looking for something swish or fast, you need a car that will keep your precious cargo as safe as can be. You need something practical and spacious. Of course, these cars can be swish and fast too – it just doesn’t matter as much.

Here are the things that you should look for the next time you’re looking to replace your family car.

Must have Tips for buying a family car

Can You Afford it?

Of course, one of the most important things to think about when buying a new car is whether it’s affordable. If you can’t afford it, then it’s not going to be good for your family in the long run.

Make sure that you calculate your budget before you even go looking for new cars. Fortunately, many car finance companies provide calculators to allow you to calculate the cost of the loan repayments.

You should make sure that you consider the running costs of the car too. Things like road tax, car insurance, petrol and maintenance can get expensive.

Is it a Safe Car?

Tiny humans are fragile (top tip) so the safety rating of the car that you’re travelling in might well be your top priority.

When you’re researching car safety, the Euro NCAP safety rating is one of the best factors to compare. Most cars will have been given an overall rating, as well as individual ones, broken down into adult, child and pedestrian. Look at them all if you have the time – adult and child are important for inside the car, and pedestrian is going to be important if you intend to do the school run or you live on a large child-filled estate.

Cars have various active and passive safety features depending on the make and model. Passive safety features include airbags, seatbelts and body shell. They are not to be overlooked – some models have enhanced passive features that could give you the advantage in a tricky situation.

Active safety features can vary from ESC, or Electronic Stability Control, to things like lane assist where the car will stop itself from drifting out of its lane.

Is it Suitable?

The type of car you choose needs to be suited the way that you use it. For instance, if you live way out in the sticks and you need to cross two fords to get to town, then you might need something more robust than a nippy city car.

Is it Practical?

One of the most frustrating things about getting a new car is when you go to do something that you do on a regular basis and you find that it’s awkward. Like fitting a child seat, for instance. The door might not open wide enough or the seats might not slide forward enough, etc etc.

Does it have enough storage? Is the boot big enough? Storage space is key because it keeps car-related, kid-related clutter to a minimum.

So before you go to test drive a car, make sure you think about the things that you’ll be using it for. Will you be taking the dog with you? Do you have more than two kids? Take them along with you to test out whether they’ll be comfy too.

Thanks for stopping by today.

*This is a collaborative post

2 Comments

  1. April 6, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    We bought a new car two weeks after Little M was born as we couldn’t fit her pram in the boot of our old one without taking the wheels off! As good an excuse as any, right?! We’re looking for a new car for hubby now and I always use the finance calculators to compare the affordability of different vehicles.

    • Rachel
      April 7, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      I have that problem with my car, the parcel shelf comes out when the pram goes in! We are also looking for a new car for me in the next year. x

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