While purchasing a new vehicle can be an exciting experience, it’s also one of the most important. Often families become so focused on the color or physical appearance of a car that they fail to think about how important features, such as the make, model, and fuel capacity, can be. We know how much you value the safety and comfort of your family – that is why we have compiled a list of features that you should focus on before buying a vehicle and heading out on the road.
Before buying a car, be sure to examine the vehicle’s:
Cargo Capacity – Typically, the average family (two adults with two to three children) needs 60-70 cu. ft. in cargo capacity. A standard vehicle (that is, not an SUV, minivan, or truck) has around 30-40 cu. ft. If you and your family like to travel, are frequently transporting items from place to place, or otherwise require a lot of trunk space, the safest option is to look for a car with around 65-75 cu. ft. in cargo capacity. This will save you from having to buy an overhead carrier later on and/or having to sacrifice leg room.
Safety – Of course, safety is any car owner’s priority, but this becomes even more important when you are responsible for other people. Cars with more seats have to be tested differently than standard vehicles and are drastically different in overall structure. For example, sedans tend to be lower to the ground which makes them less likely to roll over. On the other hand, SUVs have a more protective exterior that can help protect passengers from fender benders. It’s important that before you entrust your family’s safety to a vehicle, you consider the reliability of its structure.
Reliability – There’s nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with kids or a dog in the back seat. No one ways to buy a vehicle that they can’t depend on, but it’s even more important that your vehicle is well-tested and has positive customer reviews before you purchase it. Checking the customer feedback and the number of recalls a vehicle has can help prevent any future mishaps.
Seating – Though it may seem silly, one of the number one mistakes family car-owners make is not considering how seating can affect your ride. It may not seem like a big deal at the time of purchase, but having to fold the middle seat to get to the back can be a hassle, especially if you have older children. It’s also important to remember that if you plan to take road trips or make other long journeys that a middle seat may not be comfortable or have enough support. Before you buy a vehicle, try to picture how its functionality may affect your day-to-day life.
For all the reasons listed above, we most recommend large SUVs and sedans for your family. Most have high customer satisfaction ratings and tend to be reliable. However, always make sure to do extensive research before you purchase a vehicle.