5 things to consider when buying a family car

5 things to consider when buying a family car

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The time has come for us to start looking at buying a family car. Now Poppy is here things are getting a little cramped to say the least. Fitting 3 kids in the back of a 3dr Corsa is not ideal, poor Jack is very squashed sitting between the 2 car seats! We have spent a lot of time researching different cars and have narrowed it down to 2 cars we want to go and look at and take for a test drive. Both cars have good reviews online and plenty of space for our family of 5.

There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a family car. It is definitely not a decision to be made lightly.

5 things to consider when buying a family car

  • Make sure your car seat is compatible. Always check the manufacturers instructions to be safe. Don’t forget to check that your carseats fit too. Carseats these days are quite bulky and may not fit in all cars.
  • Check how much space you have in the boot and that your pushchair fits in. Our whole pushchair doesn’t fit in our boot currently, we have to put part of it in the back footwell which is not ideal.
  • Sit down and go through your finances before you head out to look at cars. A family car is a big purchase. You need to make sure that you can not only afford the car, but factor in the cost of insurance, tax and fuel too.
  • To keep costs down, consider buying a used car. Often you can get a car that is only 1 year old at a fraction of the price of a brand new car.
  • Thoroughly research your preferred car, websites such as cars.com and autotrader have lots of information and reviews on a variety of car makes. We had our hearts set on one car but after reading the reviews and specs we found that actually it was not going to be suitable for us.

What family car do you have? Would you recommend it?

Amy x

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