The Important Things To Think About When Buying Your Next Family Car | #CP

Buying a car can be a big commitment, the average family will keep a car for around five years so it’s important to make sure you choose the right one. You need to make careful considerations with regards to your budget, needs and wants. Whether you need a car for long family journeys or for completing the school run it is important that your car is the right fit for you and that means being comfortable. 

Have a look below at some of the things you should be considering when buying your next family car: 

Your Budget 

Everyone’s budget is bound to be different when it comes to buying a car much like buying a house. A car is also quite often the next biggest item that a family will purchase after their home. When thinking about your budget you should make considerations for areas such as: 

  • The size that you need. 
  • How eco-friendly it is. 
  • How much you have saved or how much you can afford on finance as a household each month. 
  • Whether you need to have extras such as a satnav. 
  • Are you going to need roof racks or a tow bar? Perhaps you have a bike rack, camping equipment or a caravan that needs towing. 

What Are Your Needs Vs Your Wants 

As a family unit, your needs and wants are probably going to be very different to if you were to be buying a car as a couple but this doesn’t need to mean the car you choose is boring or missing the latest tech. As a family, you often need to make sure you have enough space for you, the children, the family pet and any belongings and if you go on local holidays or day trips this means thinking about the space you need for anything you are likely to take with you. You should also make considerations for items such as car seats, pushchairs and sports equipment. If you have small children in car seats a nice feature to look out for in Isofix anchor points, although most cars have them now it’s best to check as for some care it’s an added extra. 

Where To Buy

There are a few options when it comes to buying your car. Once you have a list of your needs and your budget in mind you can start to look. You could choose to look private, buy straight from the line look at a used cars dealers such as Make sure you take a list of all your requirements and are fully aware of the budget you have in mind. This way you will only look at cars that are both practical and affordable. If you go unprepared you risk going home with a car that is less than ideal that isn’t going to last you as long as you need it. 

These are just a few of the considerations you should be making when buying your next family car. Do you have any others that you can share in the comments below? 

*This post was written in collaboration with a third party, the words expressed are my own"

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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