Purchasing a family car is no easy decision to make. Years ago you used to be able just to upgrade to the “family car”. It was bigger, but that was the biggest difference as it got. These days there is far more choice to consider, with other legal requirements that the car needs to adhere to. Which makes choosing a family car a difficult purchase to make. But, that’s where we come in. I thought I would share with you some of the fundamental things to remember when purchasing your next family car.
Do you go for new or used?
There is no right or wrong answer to this. A lot of it has to do with your budget. A new car can offer many incentives. Especially if you need help financing the car itself. You may want help with a deposit, or want to take advantage of zero interest on loans. However, a new car will depreciate quicker than a used car. This is because of the VAT element that is placed on the initial asking price. Automatically you will lose that the minute the car is registered. But, there are many advantages to a new car, and kept in good condition could help towards your deposit for your next one in the future.
Used cars, however, offer the most value for money. A lot of the time you can also negotiate a good deal with the dealer. Many offer incentives on the finance side of things as well. It all depends on the manufacturer. Some brands, like Renault, offer used Renault’s for sale online. This gives you the chance to research the model before even having to discuss it with a sales representative. Car shopping is much easier now that the Internet offers all of the information in advance. While of course, this is available for new cars, a lot of the time the prices are just a “start from” and not the actual overall price you will be paying. A used car has a price, and that’s what it is unless you manage to negotiate a lower figure. The choice is yours. It will all depend on budget and your personal preferences.
How much boot capacity do you need?
Purchasing a family car means you ultimately need more space. A lot of the time this may be in the boot area. This might be down to prams or pushchairs, additional food shopping bags, and school rucksacks. Thankfully most family cars offer large loading spaces. You just need to decide on the body type of the car to get the right family car for you. Some hatchback models offer a taller boot space. Whereas some saloon models offer a longer boot space, but you lose on the height level. Some more advanced family cars like an SUV or 4×4 type will offer a huge boot space with an easily accessible tailgate.
Let’s talk about fuel consumption
Let’s face it! The family car will end up putting in some miles. With school pickups, sports activities and general running around. A lot of the time you will find that the type of mileage you will be doing it more urban and fewer motorway miles. This is why it’s essential to consider an engine capacity and fuel type that will suit a lot of stop start driving. Some family cars now offer a more eco-friendly drive where the engine will cut out at traffic lights and in stationary traffic. Saving a lot on fuel. Thankfully a lot of petrol engines offer great fuel consumption. If you prefer diesel, just bare in mind that they can cost a little more initially. So make sure the mileage you do versus the cost of diesel is going to offer the appropriate saving.#
We want something that looks good, right?
These days it’s not just about the practicality of the car, it’s also about how they look. We all want that car that has it all. The sporty exterior looks, the environmentally friendly engine and a lot of space. These days sleek car designs are more popular, and you find that some of the larger cars stand out from the crowd. Making a family car purchase a much more pleasant experience.
Don’t forget to consider the law in regards to seats and boosters
What you also need to consider is the law regarding seats. Now children up to the age of 12, or a height of 135cm require a booster. This is why it’s essential to make sure the car you purchase has the full seats that you need. No longer could a child under that threshold sit in a middle seat if it doesn’t have a full three point seat belt and is large enough for a booster.
What about specifications?
Finally, don’t forget to think about the specifications you need. Navigation, air conditioning, and phone capability are all desirable features in a family car.
I hope this guide helps you if you are about to buy a family car.