As the years go by and families change and grow, other aspects of life change as well. Before I met Alex and it was just me, Zack and Libby I had a little four door sedan that suited us just fine. Now that there are 7 of us, a minivan or an SUV is a must have.
When we made our first big family vehicle purchase, we were definitely not informed or in anyway prepared to shop so we really just bought the first thing we could afford. Needless to say, our most recent purchase was well researched and we made sure we had a vehicle that would work for our family as the kids continue to grow.
Now that we have purchased a new to us vehicle, more than once, we have a list that we use to help ensure we are getting what we need to fit our family. Check out our tips for what to look for when buying a family car and keep it in mind for future purchases so you are prepared when the time comes to upgrade your vehicle!
When you are on the hunt for your new vehicle for your family, do yourself a favor and do some research first. Look into a variety of vehicles, sizes, and see what different features each has to offer and if certain upgrades are available. These days, most car dealerships, like Patterson Chrysler Dodge in Kilgore, TX, allow you to view their full inventory online. Visit them online today at: http://www.pattersonchryslerdodge.com
Shop around online before you head to the dealership. When you look online, you can compare prices at different dealerships and Kelley Blue Book, see all the features each has to offer, and make a list of vehicles you want to go test drive.
Purchasing a family vehicle means you need to make sure there is room for car seats, are things easy to access, can everyone move around okay, is there enough storage space, is the trunk big enough?
Once you decide if there is enough room, check out the air bags, safety features, window locks, and if seats that are easy to clean (that last one played a huge roll in my latest purchase).
After assessing all of these items, take the vehicle for a test drive, play with everything, make sure you are comfortable in it and that you really like it. If you aren’t sure, wait on it, test out other vehicles, compare them and make your decision from there.
In the end, if you do your research and are prepared in your hunt, you will find the perfect vehicle for your family.