How to Choose the Best Family Car | Booth's Motor Group

When heading out to purchase a new family car, you’ll need to know exactly what’s going to be the best choice for your needs. You’re likely going to spend a lot of your hard-earned cash on this significant investment, so you’ll need to research and gather all of the information to make an informed decision. 

To help you on your way, here’s some excellent advice to get you on the right track. 

Why Do You Need A Car?

Are you a parent that lives in suburbia? Will you be spending your time doing school runs and taking your little ones to playdates? Perhaps you could consider a smaller car to run around in and avoid large SUV cars.  If you’re only going to make trips occasionally, then you should think practically and purchase the best small car your budget allows for. You could always hire a larger vehicle for your impromptu trips away. 

Some of the beneficial features of an SUV are that they are bigger with plenty of space.You’ll have a large amount of boot space for prams and shopping, and be able to access the infant car seats with ease. 

If you’re sure that an SUV is the best family car for you, then make sure that you choose the best size for you and your family. Do your research!

SUV Under the sunset

Family Planning

If you’re intending on adding additional bundles of joy to your family, then make sure you have the extra seats available. You won’t want to make a substantial investment and have a car that you love – only to have to change it in a year or two. 

Your choice of car should be perfect for the number of people in your family. You can purchase a 5 seater SUV that is perfect for an average-sized family. Or, make an upgrade to an SUV with a third-row if you’re a large family or, intending to expand. 

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Be Realistic With Style

Once you’ve bought an amazing convertible sports car, you’re not going to want to give it up! It’s best to be practical from the offset. Unless of course, your budget allows for both!

Car designs over recent years have progressed and it’s entirely possible to purchase sporty family cars. However, you should remember the practicalities of owning a family car that is lower to the ground. Bending low down to get your infant car seats in and out of the car may not be an easy task and the boot space would probably be minimal. 

Examine The Safety Features

Safety is essential for all of us, but when you’ve got your kids in the car, it creates a whole new level of importance. Any vehicle that you’re purchasing in 2020 should come with airbags for every seat in the car. There should also be ISOFIX points within the vehicle that your infant car seats can attach too. Baby locks that stop your child from opening doors as you’re driving are standard. 

Other things to look for include:

  • Blind-Spot Monitoring – that displays a light if you’ve got another car hiding in your blind spot. 
  • Lane Departure Warnings – your car will sound an alarm if you’re vearing from your lane. 
  • Auto Emergency Braking – your car will recognise if you’re about to hit the car in front of you and be able to stop in time. 
  • Reverse Parking Cameras – you’ll be able to see the car behind you on a screen, and with additional sensors, you’ll be able to park safely. 
  • 360 Degree Cameras – it’ll be able to show you the space you have all-around your car. 
  • Dash Cameras – records actions of other road users and pedestrians, in case of any incidents. 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control – improves your safety in traffic and moderates your speed to keep you within the limit, and at a safe distance from the car in front. 

Car dash focusing on the airbags

Know Your Budget

Having a family can be expensive. So, it’s essential to purchase a family car that fits comfortably inside your budget. 

If you can afford to make the purchase outright, then that’s great, but if you’re relying on finance, then be realistic with what you can afford. 

Think about all of the other financial aspects that come with the car;

  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Insurance
  • Warranty
  • Servicing
  • Annual Registration

Find the best family car for you that’s within your budget, don’t spend what you can’t afford. 

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Head Out for a Test Drive

Before you make a purchase, you’ll want to have a test drive! You wouldn’t buy a pair of jeans without trying them on first – this should be the same with your car. 

The dealer will want you to make the purchase, so don’t be afraid to ask for a test drive in your local area. You’ll need to see how the vehicle drives on the roads where you live and if it fits well in your garage. You need to make sure that you’re 100% happy with the car before parting with your hard-earned cash. 

Determine The Capacity

When you’ve got a family, there‘s a lot of equipment to fit in a car – including the kids! Take your infant cars seats with you and test how they fit into the car. Bring along your pram and changing bag with you and check the capacity of the boot. You’ll want to be sure that you can fit everything you need into the car before committing to the purchase. 

In-Car Entertainment System

Keeping kids entertained is always an arduous task, especially when you’re driving and trying to concentrate on the road. To help with this, look for family cars that have an in-car entertainment system. 

You’ll be able to get individual screens for each seat that can provide them with their favourite television shows, music choices and games. If you remember their earphones, you’re sure to have a peaceful ride and have happy children. 

Child in a car playing with a mobile device

Making the Decision

Now that you’ve read all of the features that you should look for when purchasing the best family car; you’re sure to make the perfect choice for you and your family. Drive off in style in your brand-new family car. 

At Booths, we have fantastic family car options available that’ll be a great investment for years to come. 

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