Picking a Good Family Car

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 21, 2009)

For many people choosing a family vehicle is an extremely difficult and protracted decision. I know that it has always been a hard decision for my wife and me. Or at least it was, until my wife and I started to use our heads and actually think about what we needed to do. When a person actually takes the time to think, and mark down what they are looking for, then it's not that hard. As with any vehicle purchase, the final decision comes down to one thing, and that one thing is doing your homework.

As has been listed in other articles, doing homework is probably the single most important part of the vehicle purchase process. The more information that you gather, the easier it is going to be for you to make your decision. In this case though, there is really only a few things that you are going to need to add to your intelligence gathering. By keeping these things in mind, then you are going to be able to have the perfect vehicle for your family, and their need's.

  • Price Range: Chances are that now you are facing the prospect of a growing family. Then chances are you have become aware of the new impact your personal and family finances are having in your life. Due to this, you should then make sure that you have completely determined what it is that you can or cannot afford. As you are sifting through the information that you gather, and when you go to the dealer themselves, keep this figure in mind. Do not go over this, since you are going to need that money for other things over the next few years.
  • Purpose: As you are evaluating the different possible vehicles that you can get for your family, you are going to need to keep in mind what it is that you are going to be using this family vehicle for. How many people are going to be riding around in it? How often is the entire family going to be in the car? What class of vehicle is it that you want, is it a car, truck, van, mini-van and so on? Each vehicle has a different purpose, and you are definitely wanting to keep this in mind.
  • Safety: Each and every vehicle class on the road has their own safety ratings, as well as their own different safety features. While some safety features are mandated by law, there are proprietary types of safety features that each company uses. Prior to making your decision, why not take a look at such agencies as the National Transportation Safety Board, which conducts and publishes safety ratings. Magazines like Car and Driver are a great tool as well, since they offer rating guides on each class of vehicle on the market.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Do Your Own Tree Removal

If you have trees around your home, then chances are you have at least thought of tree removal at one point or another. When ...

Discover More

Cleaning Shower Glass

Cleaning shower glass can be one of the most frustrating experiences a homeowner can experience when cleaning their home. ...

Discover More

Things to Clean Before Moving In

Moving into a new apartment or home can be both an exciting and daunting event. Exciting because you are getting a new home, ...

Discover More
More Car Tips

Buying Cars at Auction

Auctions can offer you the best possible deal on a vehicle. Here are some tips for you to be able to make your next trip to ...

Discover More

Hybrids: Hype or Hope?

Are you thinking of purchasing a new vehicle? With gas prices increasing on an almost daily basis, hybrids have become the ...

Discover More

Understanding New Car Sticker Prices

If you don't understand how to read the price sticker on a car, then you are not going to be able to get the best possible ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 4 + 7?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)