Buying a car for your family is completely different from buying a car for yourself. While you were single, you only had to think of your needs and convenience however, now you will have to add a few more human beings to the equation. Usually, as soon as you become a parent, your ‘family’ mode switches on and you want to incorporate that into your vehicle too. So, here are some factors to consider when buying a car that suits your entire family.
Of course the first factor should be space. If you have a large family, you need to get a car that fits them all. A smaller family has a vast range of options than a bigger family. Make sure you purchase a vehicle as per your future plans. For example, if you are planning to have more children or will be inviting your parents to live with you, in all these instances in the future, you will need more car space so keep these factors in mind when car shopping.
Safety is the most important aspect when it comes to your kids. As a parent, you want to ensure that the car rides are safe enough for your kids. Many websites and authorities publish a list of world’s safest cars so check it out before you go car shopping. The newest cars have advance technology such as shatter resistant glass, adaptive cruise control, auto-brake systems, sensing and alarm systems that can send emergency messages to police, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, baby-locks etc. These will come in extremely handy especially when the little ones start a fight at the back and you lose focus and will then lose control of the car. These safety features will reduce the probability of accidents majorly.
Ease Of Cleaning
Kids are bound to have accidents back there; they will drop food, urinate, stick stuff to surfaces, spill drinks and create havoc back there. So, get a car that is easy to clean; a car that has seats that are easily wiped, detachable cup holders and pockets so they can be washed outside the car, washable rugs and mats that help in storing dropped food particles until cleaned etc. Let’s face, you hardly have time to wash your hair so where will you find the time to spend hours cleaning gum on cushioned seats. As a policy, maybe you can train your kids not to have food in the SsangYong Musso.
God knows how many bags you will have to carry with you especially if you have a newborn or toddler. An entire bag of pampers, clothing, food, milk bottles, toys, the pram, a pillow, the list goes on. Also don’t forget family vacations when you’ll have to pack for everyone in the family, also adding equipment such as fishing rods, bicycles, skiing equipment, sleds, you name it. A car with trunk capacity to fit all these will help immensely, especially if your family travels out of the city frequently.