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.
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