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On the Road Again: Choosing a Family Vehicle

Whether you’re doing the grocery shopping or taking a trip with your kiddos to someplace new and exciting, you’re no doubt spending a decent amount of time on the road. Keeping your loved ones safe, as well as comfortable, is of the utmost importance. If you’re looking for a new (or new-to-you) family car, finding the right one might be a real challenge. Here are a few things to remember that will help you with your final decision while choosing a family vehicle.

Choose the Right Size

If you already have more than three family members, or you’re hoping to in the near future, choosing the correct sized vehicle is important. No one wants to be cramped in a tiny car! Minivans, SUV’s, and trucks with full cabs are all options to consider. Your new car will be with you for a while, so remember to make sure it accommodates current children, future children, and children that are growing. As they grow, their required safety seat will as well. There needs to be enough seat room to go from baby safety seat, to front-facing seat, to booster seat. You should also evaluate the available cargo space.

Make a List

Size is pretty straightforward once you know what you need to accommodate. What can get a bit messy is all of the extras that are available. Heated seats, bluetooth, satellite radio, dash cams, dvd players and media screens- so many things to choose from! Place first priority on safety features, like child safety locks, interior trunk release, and safety restraint systems for car seats. Make two lists: one list of the safety features you want, and one wish list of the features you would like to have but aren’t absolutely necessary. Remember, you don’t have to add all the bells and whistles up front. Thanks to the evolution of car technology, there’s an array of gadgets available on the after-market that will soup up your ride.

Happily Ever After

Choosing a new vehicle doesn’t have to be so nerve-wracking. Take your time, and don’t allow anyone to rush or pressure you or your significant other (especially sales reps). Discuss your thoughts in detail with your partner, and come to an educated decision together. Take the time to really know the vehicle you’ll be spending so much time in with your loved ones, as it will serve as a mobile home away from home.

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