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A sleek two-door or an all-rounder sedan may be enough for a bachelor or a young couple with a baby in the backseat. However, families grow, and with it, the need for a more accommodating vehicle. If you’re planning on growing a sizeable family, it’s better to trade up fast. On average, cars lose 20 percent of their value during the first year of ownership, then decreases by 10 percent annually. When choosing the right car for your growing family, there are three things you need to consider above all else. These factors will decide whether a vehicle is fit to carry your loved ones to the places they need to be. Get these down pat, and you’ll be set for road trips and drives to soccer practice you’ll ever have in your life as a parent.
Focus on Utility and Practicality
This criterion entails all the physical attributes of the car that would contribute to its usefulness to your family. This includes such things as the vehicle’s size, storage space, gas mileage, and overall kid-friendliness. Family vehicles are most often mid-sized affairs, striking an equal balance between interior space and fuel economy.As for practicality, the primary concern should be having ample storage implements, such as cup holders, seat pockets, and glove compartments. The second most important factor should be the ease of entering and exiting, even with a full load of cargo. For this sub-criterion to be fulfilled, you’d need to take your family’s needs, lifestyle, and preferences into account. If you can, it’s best to rent a car for a period to see how well it performs with your family in real-life situations.
Prioritize High Safety Rating
While a useful and practical car may amount to a fair level of convenience, you’d also want to make sure that the vehicle that your family uses regularly falls well within a reliable safety standards. For the US, you can verify the safety rating of the car you have your eye on by consulting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. On this site, you can compare vehicles and look up their different safety features, as well as their overall safety rating as given by the NHTSA.
Consider The Purchase Price and Maintenance Costs
Raising a family is an undertaking that does not come cheaply, so it’s best to go for the car that will put the least strain on your budget. After narrowing down the few best picks according to the above criteria, the cheapest option is often best if you need a vehicle soon and you have limited funds. Additionally, you’d want to consult a mechanic about a model you’re thinking of purchasing, in order to get a quote on the replacement of different parts and general tune-ups.
Choosing a family car may be difficult for a long-time bachelor or couple starting a family. However, the above criteria, when considered together, will let you choose the most balanced vehicle to serve your family’s needs.