Saturday, 13 September 2014

Is it Right for the Kids? What You Should Take Into Consideration when Buying a Car as a Parent

This post was written by a freelance writer.


When looking for a family car, there are numerous factors you need to keep in mind. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in what you want, rather than what’s practical for you and your kids. As a parent there are times you have to sacrifice what you want for what your kids need. However, a family car doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of great, high performing and reliable family cars out there. Take any used Ford from Jennings Motor Group for example. Ford has ranked first in the best selling cars of 2014 for good reason. Below you’ll find out more about the things you should consider when choosing the best car for you and your family.


How wide are the doors?

One thing very few parents consider when buying a family car is the width of the doors. Which? has produced an excellent guide for buying a kid-friendly car and the doors are just one thing the site recommends looking at. You need to make sure they open wide enough so you’ll easily be able to install a car seat if needed. You’ll also need to ensure you can get your children in and out of the car easily; particularly if you suffer with back problems or if you’re over six feet tall. It could be a good idea to consider a car that features sliding side doors.

Check the car’s safety rating

Safety should be one of the most important things you look at. You need to make sure the car is safe to carry both you and your children. You can find this information online by carrying out a quick search.

Space capabilities

When thinking about the amount of space you’ll need, it’s important to consider the boot. Yes, you need plenty of space in the back of the car to accommodate your children, but you also need to think about storage space for when you want to go on family days out and holidays. Don’t forget about pushchairs and other equipment you might need to take in the car with you. Be sure to take proper measurements before making a decision.

Consider car seats

If you have young children, car seats are a legal requirement. As featured on Larger Family Life, you need to judge how quickly it will take you to install and remove the car seats. You also need to take into account how many seats you’ll need.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider. Look at fuel efficiency too as this is an important factor for those on a budget. You’ll be driving the kids around quite a lot so you want a vehicle that is fuel efficient as well as affordable. Buying a used car can save you a lot of money. Just be sure to have somebody look over the car for you before you agree to buy. It is also recommended you buy from a dealership, rather than a private seller, if you want any comeback if things go wrong.   

  

 

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