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3 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Family Car

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Sponsored Post — After quite a deliberation, we’ve decided that it’s time our growing family of 5 to finally get our first car.
Despite the discussion, it’s a no-brainer, really. It’s  very convenient for us — from shuttling the kids from one school to the other to dropping them off to play dates to late run grocery run when we discover the last minute that we run off of disposable diapers.
It also affords us freedom to move.  With our restless kids, we can just get out of the house and go on an impromptu road trip, without stressing of public transport.
However, deciding to finally get car requires a lot of discussion and research. After a house, a car is a family’s next big purchase.
Here are 3 of the top things to consider (aside from the color, really, we’re torn between grey or red)

1. COST

As with any major expense, setting a budget and sticking to it is essential. Are you capable to pay with cash or do you need to consider getting a car loan? You’d also need to decide whether to get a brand new car or a used one. Once how much you’re willing to shell out or pay up on a monthly basis is set, you can then decide on the type of vehicle to get.
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2. TYPE OF CAR

You ask yourselves this: “What kind of car do you need?” A big family (like ours) would need a big car. Something that can accommodate all 5 of us plus the kid’s stuff. Before going to the dealership, you need to at least have an idea of what car you’ll get that will fulfill your need. For our family, an SUV would be the practical choice but for those who are still planning on starting a family, a sedan would be a perfect match too.
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3. SAFETY

Ensuring the safety of the family should be non-negotiable. Family friendly features need to be considered when looking for a potential purchase. Having 3 kids under 10, child safety features are my foremost requirements. I constantly search for compatible vehicles that can give us that sense of assurance — smart airbags, car seat checks, adjustable rear shoulder belt anchors and child safety locks. After all, the confidence of knowing that your car is equipped to safely transport your kids is indeed priceless.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, by all opinions are my own.

 

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