How to Choose the Right Family Car for Your Needs

January 27, 2012

When it comes to the family car, everyone wants to find the perfect vehicle. It doesn't matter if your first child is on the way, or you need to find room for a family of 7. Finding the perfect family car takes some time and effort. There are a number of things to consider when looking for a family car. This article will help you narrow down your choices and find the best family car for your situation. 

1. Consider Your Needs - Before you head out to the car lots, sit down and really consider what you want in your new vehicle. How many children you currently have, and any additional children you plan to have should be taken into account. How many doors do you want? A 5-door car tends to be the best choice when getting small ones out of a car seat. While many people don't like to hear the word minivan, these are often the best vehicle choice for a larger family. Another things to consider is will the car mainly be used for running around town, or do you plan on taking lots of long road trips?

2. Set a Budget - There is no point in finding the best family car if you can't afford it. Set a realistic budget for your new vehicle and stick to it. If you are financing, determine how much your can comfortably spend on a monthly payment. Don't forget to include the cost of insuring your new car. When it comes time to shop, keep to your budget. It's easy to spend more than you plan. Leasing has become popular again, but be sure to read all of the lease details before signing anything.

3. Research Options - Once you have a budget, its time to compare family cars. Go directly to manufacturer sites, or check out local dealer websites. Sites like CarsDirect and Autos.com allow you to search new and used vehicles. These sites also provide safety information and reviews. When starting your search, it is best to look at as many vehicles as possible and then narrow your search as you get a better idea of what you are looking for. When you have narrowed your list down, check out the safety reports. Finding the safest family car is everyone's goal. 

4. Test Drive - When you have a short list put together its time to hit the showrooms. Take your stroller, and car seat to make sure they fit. Verify the vehicle has the latch system which makes installing a car seat easier. How easy is it to get in and out of the vehicle? Does it offer all the options you need and want? Is it comfortable? These are all things you should consider when test driving vehicles. When you have found a car you love, head back to the computer and do some more research. Read owner reviews, go over the safety ratings in detail, and if possible, talk to other owners to see how they like the vehicle. If it all checks out, make your best deal and drive your new family car home.

Finding the best family car can take some time and research, but there is nothing more important then the safety and comfort of your family. These tips will help you find the best car for your family.

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