Today we want to share a few tips around how to choose the right car for your family.
Narrow your search down
The first thing that you need to do is narrow your search down. Much as you might love the idea of shopping at JJ Premium Cars and picking up that dream sports car, it probably is not going to cut it as a family car.
Think about the size of your family and when and why you typically need to use your car. Are you always loading up for weekends away to the beach?
Do you live in the countryside and need a car to handle those lanes and more remote areas when driving in the winter months?
Do you need it to be a seven seater, or perhaps you need a large boot?
If you have a dog that frequently joins you on your outings, you need to think about where he will be best to travel in the car, and a large boot that accommodates a crate might be necessary.
You know your family best, so be realistic about what you do and do not need to narrow your search down and you can then start making some choices.
Work out your budget
Your budget is probably the next factor in your search. As you would with most purchases, take some time to work out your income and outgoings so that you are comfortable with any monthly repayments.
You might need to weigh up the different costs and implications of buying the car, hire purchase and leasing it. They all have their own pros and cons, so work out what is best for your family and budget.
Get some recommendations
The chances are that if you are looking for a suitable family car, you will know a few other families with similar aged children as you and similar requirements.
Gather a few recommendations and experiences from friends and family and find out which cars others have enjoyed owning, for example, the Citroen C5 Aircross rates highly for ride comfort.
You should also check out reviews for your shortlist, from both the experts and everyday drivers. This will help you to build up a balanced review and you can then look to get the best possible model of car for your budget.
As soon as you have narrowed down your choices, you can take some time to go and look at them in showrooms.
Many towns have car dealerships all clustered together in one place so you might find that you can easily check out several options all in a short time frame.
You might also want to visit a large car dealership that trades in many different makes so that you can see a few all in one go, helping you to further narrow down your list, maybe the Skoda Scala takes your fancy?
Unless you have endless patience, it is worth getting someone to look after your children whilst you shop for cars. They would no doubt love the experience of jumping in and out of lots of different cars, but you might struggle to make your decision and chat to the staff at the same time.