Tips for Buying a New Family Car

March 18th, 2014 by

buying a new family car

Is it time to trade your existing vehicle in for a new family car? Buying a new car is a big investment and there are many things that you need to consider before you buy, especially when you’re buying for a family. Buying a family car is much different from purchasing your own personal vehicle because you have to consider the needs of others instead of thinking about just what you want. For example, that two-seater sports car may be your dream vehicle but it would be highly inappropriate as a family car.

Children also require special needs when traveling that you have to consider before you buy such as car seats and booster seats, so you have to make sure you have room for these. When you have children you also have consider whether you want cloth or leather seats because no matter how careful you are, kids usually always end up spilling something that leaves a stain. Below are a few more tips to help you make a good, informed decision when you go shopping for a new family car.

How Big Is Your Family

One of the first things that you need to consider before you head out to see your Toyota dealer in Miami is what size vehicle you need. A regular size car is suitable for a family of three or even four but when you have five or more family members, you may want to consider a minivan or SUV to make sure you have room for everyone to sit and ride comfortably when traveling.

When buying a new family car, you also want to think long term. While there may only be four in your family now, if you’re planning to have more children in the future or if there is any chance that you may be caring for an elderly parent or other relative later, you may want to go with a bigger vehicle to accommodate future needs.

Safety Features and Luxuries

Safety features and luxuries are also important when you’re searching for a family car. There are several things to consider when looking at safety features such as seatbelts, rear airbags and anti-lock brakes but many of the new Toyotas have a variety of extra safety features you can consider to help ensure your family is safe when traveling. These include but are not limited to blind spot detection systems, reverse backup sensors or cameras, autonomous braking, parking assist and forward collision systems.

If you take long trips or spend a lot of time traveling, then you may want to consider adding a few luxuries such as a mini TV or rear seat DVD player to help keep the kids entertained when on the road. Other luxury features that can help increase the comfort level are 4-zone climate control, heated seats and rear window screens that help to prevent sunburn on those hot summer days.

Before buying a new family car, carefully consider your current needs and any changes that you expect in the near future. Normally, people hold onto their family car for a very long time. Some even pass it down to their kids when they become of age to drive, so take your time and look for a Toyota that you’ll be happy with for many years to come.

 

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