We have bought a few family cars over the past 12 years, from when we first had E, and over the years as we have upgraded the car each time to accommodate our growing family. So here are my top tips for how to choose a family car.
Make a list of what you need
First things first is to make a list of what you are looking for in the car - do you need isofix seat points for car seats? How many car seats do you need to fit in? Is the boot big enough for a pushchair if you need one? Think about whether you are bothered by gadgets like USB points, parking sensors and an inbuilt satellite navigation system.
Think about your budget
What car you buy will depend on your budget. You need to work out how much money you have to spend on a car - whether you will pay in cash, or get a loan or get the car on finance. Marry that together with your list of requirements and you will have a clearer idea of what car you are able to buy.
Do your research
Once you have narrowed down your search to a couple of options do your research into them. There are some great YouTube videos showing cars in depth and you can research online reviews and gallery photos so you can get a real sense of the car before you see it in person. Another great idea is to talk to your friends - if they also have families they will likely have family cars and they will be able to tell you what they recommend.
Test drive before you buy
It's really important that you test drive any car before you buy. Find a local dealership and take a look at some cars in person. If you have decided on a car, head over to a local dealership to take a look, for example you can use a Ford dealership locator to find a seller of Ford cars. Make sure you check over any car properly and ask questions of the dealer. Ensure that the car has a full service history and see if you can haggle on the price if there is anything that you aren't happy with.
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