Tips + Tricks: 4 Things To Consider When Buying A Car

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One of the most important {and probably one of the most expensive, too} purchase you will have to make as a parent is buying a family car. Whilst it is bound create a big dent in the family savings, getting your own car have a considerable number of advantages that might just help you to make the big decision sooner rather than later.

Now that Christmas season is upon us, and along with it the 13th Month pay and bonuses, it is probably the best time to finally get that family car. Here are a few things you should consider when getting your dream family car:

Budget

It is best to have a working budget in mind when planning to buy a car. Since there are so many brands, not to mention, appealing promos and deals along with them, in the market right now that might catch your attention, it is best to set a budget and stick to it so you won’t easily be sidetracked and financially suffer after purchasing your new car.

Traveling Comfort

The first thing you would like to do after getting your new car is to road test it and travel with the family. Whether you’re planning to travel for hours on end or not, one of the very first thing to consider when getting your car is your family’s comfort while traveling. You ought to make sure that the children will have plenty of room to sit comfortably in or lie down for a nap whilst on the road if need be. In the same manner, it is also important for the driver to have the utmost comfort whilst traveling, especially for long drives. 

Tips + Tricks: 4 Things To Consider When Buying A Car

Size Does Matter

Another thing to consider is your new car’s sitting capacity. It is best to opt for one that can accommodate new family members, in case you plan to have more children in the future. More sitting space is also ideal if you have extended family members who will go on trips with you from time to time. A bigger compartment is also advisable if you are a family who travel with several bags or luggage in tow. It is also great to stow baby stuff like walker and diaper bags whilst on the road, or in case you want to take on new hobbies later on with the kids, like biking or surfing, perhaps.

Do Your Research

With all factors taken into consideration, do not forget to do your research and read as much as you can about the car models and brands you are considering. The internet is an important tool you can use to aid you in this task sans the annoying car sales agent that will probably bug you from time to time through SMS or e-mail to follow up on when you are finally coming down to buy that car you inquired about. Websites like cars.com also offers a comprehensive list of different car brands, along with their specification, features, and prices, to help you decide on the best car to get for your family. While you are at it, you might as well check out CarBrain.com for more options and information.

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25 Comments

  1. Yes, I agree that size does matter. Even before we got our first car, I already have an idea in mind of what I like. I am actually not very familiar about cars but I only wish to have a car that has a bigger capacity so every one can fit in. Especially now that we have a baby, the family is getting bigger and bigger, thus the need for a bigger car.

  2. Very valid points to consider before purchase of a car. After all it could be a lifetime buy. And often it is after saving for several years one makes this kind of purchase. Size and budget are something that needs to be balanced. :)

  3. These tips are helpful if one is considering to buy a car. However, I really think the most important factor is if one really needs it. Yet I think as a family it is a necessity. It’s an investment for the family’s advantage while traveling.

  4. This is very helpful. We’re letting of go our car this weekend and planning of getting a new one. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thank you for sharing, Vix.

  5. The tips you have written here when buying car are all on point and vaild. But I guess for me, I would runner invest in traveling the world than ghaving a car. Experiential things are better than material things, I believe. That is just my thought. Anyway, great points though.

    1. I totally agree with you! I guess it is just a matter of priorities or needs. If for example you work in the city and needs a more convenient way to get to your office on a daily basis, getting your own car is a more viable option. I am all for investing on traveling the world, too, if only I can afford it! ^_^

  6. this is one thing I really want to consider soon
    traveling from one events to another is not just very costly but also time consuming and most of all very stressing unlike having your own car, you can still enjoy traveling without much hassle despite of the traffic
    Thank you for giving us these useful tricks to consider when buying a new or even used car

  7. Cars really confuse me at times. They all look and feel the same now. There isn’t much difference in buying one model over the other besides technical improvements. I hope people here in the Philippines stop buying more and more cars just to work around the rules.

  8. This is such a great read as I have long been planning to buy my own car. I truly agree with all your amazing points here. It has to be weighed before jumping into buying a car for there are really things to consider. I love how concise you are in conveying your points and will surely consider all of these. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  9. Great tips! Since we have a family of six, size really does matter to us. Our family car can’t fit just us though. There should be ample space for storage as well because we sometimes also bring a stroller, scooter and/or a bike.

  10. Purchasing a car is a heavy decision but necessary. There’s plenty to consider and agree with the ones you listed. Sometimes it can be a luxurious choice but oftentimes we have to go with practicality. Like size and comfort, these don’t usually come with fast cars.

  11. There are also other things to consider.

    1. Maintenance and the cost of doing so. For example. After three years, some parts need to be replaced. How much are these parts and how much is the cost of service. Other expenses include insurance, changing battery, tires, etc.

    2. Cost of parking and others now matter as it is hard to find a parking space.

    3. Cost of financing. The lesser the deposit, the longer the years, the more expensive it is.

    Does it still fit the budget?

  12. For me, size is really important. And also a lot of other things. But everything will just be trumped by budget. hahaha Money talks. And if we can only afford a small car, then so be it. That’s why we haven’t upgraded yet. We just can’t afford it.

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