Here at Prestige, we’re a big family, and we consider our employees, our customers, and our community all part of it… and that makes for quite the sizable group come Thanksgiving time!
If you’re like us and all about your family too, the chances are pretty high that you like to go places with them! Maybe your family is growing, or maybe you’re just ready for something shiny and new! Either way, if you’re all piling in and going places, you’re probably wondering what you should be looking for when considering a new family car that’s best for your situation (besides a sunroof, because every car should have one of those!)
Let’s talk about where we should start. Do you look for room for the kids first? A place for the dog to sit? What about safety and storage? There are so many things to consider and so many options to choose from that it’s quite easy to get overloaded and wind up in the fetal position. If you’re looking for guidance, we have broken down your search into five categories to check off your list before making any purchases.
If you’re trusting a vehicle to transport your family, protecting them is always a top priority. Whether it’s how the car works in the event of an accident or how reliable it is on the road, you expect your vehicles to always be on point when it comes to the well-being of your loved ones. Some great resources on finding a specific car’s safety rating can be found at www.safercar.gov and www.iihs.org.
An important aspect of purchasing any vehicle is from where that vehicle comes. Are there common issues with the car? Are there any vital recalls or even recalls that should be made but have not been? Is the dealer reputable and do they have good reviews? Is the actual manufacturer a reliable one who has had a good track record both with the individual car as well as their full line-up? Are they known for being easy to work with and have great service, or do they like to press your angry buttons and avoid interacting with any customers past the sale of the car? These are huge issues and ones that you should definitely check out online. Start with reviews on www.bbb.org, www.google.com, and specialized forums and work your way from there.
Unless you can own a Lamborghini, comfort is not something you’ll usually want to sacrifice in your new ride. After all, a road trip full of kids asking, “Are we there yet?” coupled with a backache or cramped legs is a recipe for disaster and grey hairs. Make sure that your next family car is one that the whole family can enjoy, and preferably take a long comfortable nap in. A quick search online will pull reviews from the likes of www.autotrader.com, www.motortrend.com, and www.consumerreports.org. And don’t forget that nothing beats actually sitting down in the vehicle and feeling it out for yourself!
Duh! If you’re buying the best family car, it better do everything you need it to do! Make sure you list out all of your needs, whether it’s 4-wheel drive, a third row, extra storage, a built-in vacuum (yes, they really have those. Mind = Blown.), or even touch screens on the back of the seats. Knowing what vehicles offer and what your needs are will go a long way in helping you make that final decision, just make sure you don’t relent on the things you need the most. Many of the resources listed above can help you determine which vehicles offer which features, and you can even check out the manufacturers’ websites as well to determine what can meet your needs the best.
Let’s be honest, despite how perfectly fit a car is for your family, it’s not worth having if it’s going to break the bank. This is one of the most vital features of any car – is it affordable for you? When in the best family cars market, make sure you keep your eyes and ears open. A newer car might meet all other criteria best, but the cost is just too overwhelming for your budget. Maybe a few years older of the same model will still offer everything you need, but come at a discounted price due to its age and use. There are a lot of options available as far as vehicle purchases go, so don’t jump the gun until you’re sure you’ve found the best bang for your buck! Some recommended resources for finding the value of vehicles are www.kbb.com, www.trucar.com, and www.nadaguides.com.
If you would rather take someone else’s word for it, we bring you Kelley Blue Book’s “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” for your reading pleasure. Basically, KBB already did the work for you and can tell you what you should keep an eye out for when looking for your next family vehicle, including their top picks. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle to load the kids up and head out for a summer road trip you’ll never forget, these vehicles might be worth checking out the next time you hit up the dealership!
So there you have it, a list of what you need to focus on when considering that new family vehicle purchase. And remember, when looking at buying a new car, consider checking out Prestige Financial Services as your lending provider. We’ve been in the business for over 20 years and have helped thousands of customers get into the car of their dreams (disastrous family road trip not included).
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