While you may mourn the loss of the less-practical but oh-so-sleek single person car you once owned, the benefits will far outweigh the losses, I promise! And hey, think about the money youll save on car insurance for a more practical car!
1. Safety First
Of course, the number one consideration when buying a family car is safety. A safe, reliable vehicle to transport your most precious cargo is of utmost importance, and it pays to do your research. Things like airbags, ABS brakes, child-locks on the windows and doors and a solid body are all features you should be on the lookout for.
2. Consider Boot Space
If you already have children youll understand the necessity for a large boot, and if you havent got children yet youll soon learn that they take up an amazingly disproportionate amount of space for their size. In fact, it seems to be that the smaller the child, the more space they require to hold the huge quantities of stuff youre required to carry around! Choose a car which has plenty of room in the boot and that the boot is easy to accesstheres nothing worse than trying to maneuver a stubborn pram into a tight boot-space in the shopping centre car-park while angry drivers line up waiting for your spot!
3. Choose Durability Over Luxury
Despite your best intentions to keep the car clean, it will invariably end up covered in muck from time to time. Sand from the beach, carsick toddlers and over-excited juice box squeezers are just a few of the usual culprits, so a hard-wearing interior is always a good choice!
4. Consider your growing family
If youre planning on having a large family then it might be worth investing in a people mover from the get-go, rather than buying and then upgrading in a few years time.
The buying and selling of cars is a costly exercise, so if you can choose a car to see you through a longer period then do so.
5. Remember to Adjust Your Insurance Policy!
When youre getting car insurance quotes for your new family car, remember that you may want different things from your insurance policy than previously. Also the rate may have changed because you may now be older, living in a safer area and of course, driving a statistically safer car. Its important to have a hire car option included with your new plan, because in the unfortunate event of an accident, taking children around on public transport while your car is repaired is nothing short of a nightmare!