Finding the ideal family car is hard. Trying to find a car that’s safe, roomy enough for the weekly supermarket shop, car seat friendly, has low emissions and doesn’t look frumpy from the outside can be a struggle.
Without being a car expert, it can seem more of a hassle than exciting trying to find a new one, here are some top tips for shopping for a new family car that can help:
Setting a budget is vital when family car shopping. You do need a cart that’s reliable, safe and family friendly, but you don’t want to spend too much if you can help it. Look at how much you can afford to spend before you start looking and then add up the additional factors like fuel costs, tax and insurance before making a purchase. Ensuring that your new family car is cost-effective is important as you don’t want to be spending over the odds-on additional factors.
The size of your family will help you to decide on which is the best type of car for you. If you’re a small family and planning on expanding in the next few years, then thinking about this when buying a car is important. If you’ve got older children, then space will be a big issue as it can get cramped in the back if the car is too small. Usually hatchbacks or SUVs make the best family cars, but always take your family along for a test drive to make sure everyone fits in comfortably. A top tip is to take your car seat along too if you need one as you need to be sure it fits before making a purchase.
When transporting around your most precious cargo, safety is the primary concern. The Euro NCAP ratings are the best measures of how safe a car is, so I’d recommend checking them before you make any decisions. The cars that tend to come up regularly as being safest are the Renault Scenic, the Peugeot 3008 SUV and Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, all of which you’ll find from Unbeatable Cars. But, mainly the safety features you need to look for are things like whether the car has blind spot warning, lane departure warning and cruise control.
These are the 3 main practical concerns to bear in mind when shopping for a new family car, but your family will probably have your own criteria to look out for too, from brands to models and colours so keep this in mind and good luck with the search.