You can’t just buy any car when you have a family. After all, you might not be able to fit everyone in or all the stuff you often have to carry. You might also need the car to have particular features, plus you must be comfortable driving it. Here are some things you should think about when choosing a family car.
Style of car
Lots of cars can be defined as family cars. This includes saloons, estates, MPVs, and SUVs. Some hatchbacks can also be considered as good family cars, depending on the size.
Of course, some makes and model of car are specifically marketed at families. MPVs are a perfect example. These are definitely worth looking at, but don’t limit your search to this type of vehicle – you might find something else that better suits your needs in another style.
Size of car
This is probably the most important factor when buying a family car. You firstly need to have enough seats for everyone to sit in. If your family is five people or less, this usually won’t be a problem. If you have a bigger family, however, your options will be more restricted, i.e. you will usually have to go for a seven-seater MPV or SUV.
Make sure you check the storage space too. A family car will, at various times, need to carry prams, groceries, sports equipment, and school bags – often all at the same time. You should make sure everything fits.
Make sure your car seats fit into any new car you plan to buy. This applies even if the car is large as it can still sometimes be tricky fitting in multiple car seats, particularly if you have to get three into the back seat.
Don’t be afraid to fit your car seats in while deciding on whether or not to buy the car as it is better you know there is a problem before you hand over your money.
Finally, check the technology to ensure it meets your needs – USB charging ports for the children’s iPads, DVD screens, etc might all be essential on those long family road trips.
Buying a family car is different to buying cars for other purposes as you will use it differently. It is important, therefore, that you approach it with the right mindset. If you’re making room for a little one and thinking of selling your car in UAE to upgrade to a family vehicle, start your journey at Simply Car Buyers. We buy any car for a guaranteed hassle-free sale.