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Buying a new car can be exciting and stressful, but the first step to buying a new car is figuring out what kind of car you NEED. If you aren’t sure where to start, cars.com can help you narrow it down, but before you head there, some food for thought and tips to help you pick the right car for you!
1. How many people will be traveling in the vehicle regularly?
It sounds easy, but think about it, how big is your family? Are you the mom that picks up all the other kids for soccer practice? Do you carpool? Are you a group leader and use your vehicle for outings? These are all things you need to take into consideration when you buy a new car. Obviously if you are a family of 8 you need a mini van to start will!
2. Where will you be driving the vehicle?
Will this be the family vehicle or is this the car dad drives back and forth to work? Do you want something with better gas milage if you will be driving it a lot?
3. Will you be putting CAR SEATS in the car?
This is a big one for parents. For 8 years your kids are in carseats, so if you will have kids in booster seats, rear facing seats, or convertible carseats- you need to figure out who will sit where and if the new car is equipped to handle the amount of carseats. Fun fact- it is It is hard to fit three carseats across any car. It is like a puzzle of car size, car seat type, and car seat brand to make that happen.
You know what you like and what you need to make your driving experience a pleasant one. For me- remote start and heated seats are my must haves. If you are getting a used car, I would make a list of “Must Have” and “Would be nice to have” features so you know what you want and what you need when you are car shopping.
I know as a child you are told color doesn’t matter, but I feel like when it comes to a car, it really does. Did you know that dirt actually shows up more on black cars than white cars? Ya, a little fun fact I learned while car shopping with my mom 15 years ago. Also White, black, and silver cars usually have a higher resell value than odd-ball colors like Green or Pink.
One thing you really need to consider is how much you actually want to pay for a car. You might want a luxury vehicle, but your price point might be more of a value vehicle. Look at the numbers for price points and what you are willing and able to spend.
7. New versus Used
This is a big one. Do you want that brand new car with 0 zero miles on it? Or are you okay with saving money by buying a car that is a year or two old? (Personally I prefer a new to me car and not a BRAND new car)
8. Trunk space
Ahh another tip from a mom- test out to see if you can fit your stroller in the trunk before you buy the car! I ended up having to get rid of my last stroller because it wouldn’t fit in my trunk!! For me trunk space is a huge priority since I use it so much, grocery shopping, mall shopping, travel- I need room for storage so if you are like me- looking for a car with a good amount of storage space is important!
I hope this helps you narrow down what you want when you are looking for your next vehicle. Cars.com is great tool, and here are some things to think about when you are starting to find the right car! And here is me and my last new-to-me-car