Parents have a lot of options when it comes to picking out a family vehicle. Lately, manufacturers have added enticing feature like movies and games for children, but these lavish features are not what you should look for when deciding on a family vehicle. Here are four fundamental things to look for that are most important in picking a family vehicle.
Look for Something You Can Afford
Having a family is expensive enough on its own, and it can be even more expensive if it is a single income family. It is important to set a budget before purchasing. Decide how much of a down payment and monthly payment you can afford. Then, start looking for used and new cars that fit your budget. Obviously, new cars are good because they have no history or mileage, but it may be difficult to fit one within your spending limit. If you decide a used car is acceptable and within budget, look for a preferred make or model, low mileage and any past damages. There are car dealerships all over countries in the first world focused on selling new and used family cars. A good example of a dealership is Rebel Ford in Australia. You just need to find a dealership like it within your area.
Look for Professional Reviews and Ratings
It is important to find out what professional ratings and reviews are for family vehicles you are considering from professional publications with good reputations. Examples of what not to look for advice from would be Yelp or personal blogs. Instead, look for ratings and reviews on Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com/. Finally, go to auto review sites and publications such as, Motor Trend or Car and Driver.
Look for an Appropriate Size
After the above points are considered, it is time to look for the right interior size. It all depends on the size of your family, including the size and ages of your children. For example, if you have teenage drivers and a spouse driving, then you will also need to find a vehicle that has a roomy cabin and comfortable seats. Children still in car and booster seats will need room for their heads and space in the back. Finally, just as a side not, side airbags are a safety feature that will be discussed below, but if you have several small children seated close to doors because space is limited, you should know side airbags can be considered dangerous.
Look for Safety Features and Professional Safety Ratings
Many parents consider the safety features and ratings for family vehicles to be the most important. As stated above, look for professional publications and data to determine safety. Research overall safety ratings and information on crash tests at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is known as the NHTSA. It provides a safety rating system based on five stars. The higher the star rating, the better the car. Rollover stats are important, especially since SUVs and minivans are prone to them, so you should look for those stats here.
The top four sections with advice and links will help you decide a safe and practical family vehicle. They have been recommended by many objective consumer advice publications, so you are not being influenced by advice from anyone with an ulterior motive. Hopefully, you will be able to combine these four pieces of advice to find something affordable on a family budget.