When you are courting your significant other and are rolling around in your hot hatch or high-performance coupe, the last thing you would ever think about is what sort of car would be suitable for young families.
At least, you don’t until you find out that you are going to be a proud parent in a few months’ time! Although it is perfectly possible to use small cars for transporting two adults and a baby in, such a car can become quite full pretty quickly and getting a baby in and out of a car like that can be a pain in the backside – more so for the parents rather than the child in question!
Obviously it would be better to buy a family-oriented car to make life easy and less stressful for everyone involved, but the trouble is, what should you be looking out for when you buy such a vehicle? Well, to help you out, here are some handy pointers to get you started!
Set your budget
Just as you would when buying any car, you should set a limit as to the amount of money you would be happy to spend on your next car. This can sometimes get a bit complicated, so here are a couple of tips to help you:
Save up the money and buy the car you need so that you don’t have any finance to pay;
If 9 months isn’t long enough to save up, get a car on finance – but only if you can comfortably afford to pay that amount of money each month.
Do your research
Just because an estate or people carrier is reasonably priced and looks good doesn’t mean you should instantly go and buy it without doing your homework first! Websites such as What Car? offer a number of editorial and owner reviews on many popular models.
Such websites will help you determine what sort of comfort and safety ratings a car has, as well as how good it is on fuel and how reliable it is. All of these factors, especially safety, are important when it comes to buying what is effectively going to be your next family car.
If you are buying a used or nearly-new car, you should ensure that you do a hidden history check on it so that you don’t end up buying a dodgy motor! Some of the more unscrupulous car dealers in Britain won’t hesitate to try and flog you a car that they know has been written off or recorded as being stolen.
Go for a test drive
Since you will potentially be driving the car on a daily basis, it is important that you take the car out for a test drive so that you can get to grips with the car’s controls, handling, and listen out for any strange noises which would need to be addressed.
Car dealers such as Harratts Mitsubishi are more likely to let you drive the car on a test drive rather than private sellers. If your existing car insurance lets you drive other insured cars on a third-party basis, then you should make sure you bring proof of this, such as your insurance certificate, so that you won’t have any legal issues driving the car yourself.