When buying a family car, a vehicle often needs to meet many requirements. Here are some things to look out for when searching for the perfect car for your family.
Economical – An ideal family car should have a good MPG, be fuel efficient and come with low running costs. Skoda is one of the most popular car brands for family cars, which is largely because of excellent fuel economy. The Skoda Octavia can be one of the best cars for this purpose. Peugeot is another brand that is considered to be a highly efficient family car. Especially the Peugeot 308 can be a great choice. However, there are many other brands to choose from and compare, such as Volkswagen, Ford and Vauxhall.
Budget friendly – family life comes with many costs. An expensive car doesn’t have to be one of these, buying a car second hand will save you money over buying new. You can adjust variables such as mileage and year to reduce the cost. Buying a car is also usually cheaper than leasing one and will enable you to sell later on if you choose to. You will also have the option to negotiate or find much cheaper prices when you buy outright rather than signing a lease agreement.
Practical – getting a car that can comfortably fit your family, has enough room, and provides plenty of seats for the whole family is ideal. Family cars are often a more expensive investment since they provide extra space and comforts for children and parents. Of course, you can also always upgrade a car by buying things that will make journeys with the whole family easier, such as car seat organisers/tables or tablet and drinks holders to keep children entertained. Just make sure that the boot is large enough for the stroller, the back can hold enough car seats and that the car isn’t too high to make it easy for kids to climb onto the seats themselves.
Efficient – getting a petrol car for short trips is more efficient, if you plan to do frequent long-distance trips then diesel is more efficient. In order to increase the efficiency of your car, pay attention to the proper maintenance. Making sure that tires are properly inflated, the oil levels are optimal, the engine is tuned, and oil changes are carried out regularly will make the car safer to drive and help reduce costs for repairs. This will also help make your vehicle more durable and increase its lifespan.
Safety – the safety of your car is crucial for a family car. Different vehicles have different safety ratings, with cars such as Tesla’s ranking as the safest. While Tesla’s Model 3 is considered to be among the safest cars according to several sources, there have been some violations reported by inspectors which have recently removed it from its top spot. Therefore, it’s important to always pay attention to the newest developments before purchasing a family vehicle. The more luxurious Audi A6 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia have received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating and can also be great options when looking to buy a safe car. Volkswagen cars and certain SUVs such as the SEAT Ateca have also been found to meet important safety standards by Euro NCAP as well.
There are several things to consider when choosing a family car, including the right boot size, enough space for car seats, comfortability on long trips and other things that only parents can understand.