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5 Tips for Buying a Family Car You Need To Know

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Last year I finally invested in my own car! It took me such a long time to make the decision as this was going to be our main family car and one that should last for at least 5 years.

I had to consider if the car suited our family’s needs and our requirement for a safe car was paramount too.

In the end, I opted to purchase a Toyota Yaris and it’s working out perfectly for us! It’s a small hatchback that I’m comfortable and confident driving around and has enough space for my little family of four.

My Toyota Yaris
My Toyota Yaris!

I wanted to share my tips for buying a family car so that you’re more informed when you make your own decision. If you want to know what to look for in a family car, read on:

5 Tips for Buying a Family Car

1.  Safety first, always

Before making a decision on your new family vehicle, assess the safety devices and features that come with the car.

Does it have the safety controls that will give you confidence when your family are in the car?

I decided to purchase a vehicle model that I had owned and driven in the past. It rates so highly for safety and gives me such peace of mind driving when my kids are in the back and we’re out and about.

Really get to know the car before you invest in it. Ensure that you’re as informed as you can possibly be. It helps to check websites like so you can get expert advice and insights before making the purchase. You can read about new features and vehicles entering the market, and read reviews from other drivers to find out what they love and loathe about your potential new family car.

2.  Do you have plans to grow your family further?

Before parting with a significant sum of money on a new car, check that it fits the requirements for your future family’s needs, as well as what you need now.

For me, my family was complete. However, if you’re planning to have more children in the near future, you might want to consider that when buying a family car now.

3.  Get quotes on insurance before you purchase

If you’ve assessed how affordable your dream family car is and decided on one that’s fits the bill, get a few quotes for insurance online.

Boy holding toy car

The cost of your car insurance policy is going to be an ongoing one and it’s essential that you’re going to be able to afford to put the car on the road once you’ve purchased it.

4.  Comfort and Fit

When you’ve narrowed down your family car choices, try the car out before you buy it.

Sit inside, take it for test drive and measure up to ensure items such as car seats will fit in ok.

On the subject of car seats, if you’re going to be installing seats that you already own, check with the car manufacturer that they will fit into your new car. Some do not!

If you have the option, I would always advise to go for a 5-door car. Getting babies and little kids in and out of a car seat can be challenging enough and the last thing you want to negotiate is a fold down seat in the way of that.

5.  Measure up!

Finally, make sure to check that your new family car will adequately fit not only your family inside, but everything that comes with them too.

Is it important to be able to fit a roof rack? Or to pop a double stroller or large pram in the boot?

Think about the items your family will need to fit into the car on a regular basis and determine that your new car will work.

Again, bear in mind that your family’s needs might chance in the next few years too. You won’t need to cart around a stroller forever.

I hope my tips for buying a family car help you to make the best decision for your family.

Do you have any tips to add?

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  1. Kylie T
    / 5:55 am

    Thanks; your tips for buying a family car will be very helpful when making the decision to purchase.

    • Mim
      / 1:34 pm

      Thanks Kylie – so glad they were helpful :) x

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