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How To Find The Car That Is Right for You

| July 12, 2016 | 15 Comments

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How to Find the Car That Is Right for You

For years, people have been making jokes about minivans, the ultimate ‘mom car’. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a minivan. It certainly gets you from Point A to B and can carry an entire junior hockey team in the back. If you are looking for a vehicle for yourself, however, you do not have to limit yourself to an outdated, aesthetically unappealing car. There are so many more options out there for you. If you are having a little bit of difficulty trying to pick a car, here are some tips for you:

Think Size

Of course, the first thing that you would consider when buying a car for your family is the size of your brood. After all, each and every one of them has to fit inside without having to resort to sit on top of one another. This is not where your contemplating should end, however. Think about individuals outside your family – how many times a week are you chauffeuring them as well? You need to think about this, as you are going to have to fit your kids in the car as well as all of their friends and teammates. Make sure that there is enough room for all of them as well as their equipment. Thus, as beautiful as it is, a Ford Mustang might simply not be the vehicle for the job.

Consider Construction

Another thing you are going to have to keep in mind is the structure and construction of the vehicle. It has been estimated that moms do more driving than any other individual. This is because you drive your kids around, get chores done, and probably also go to work. All of this can amount to a great deal of wear and tear. If you throw rough terrain into the equation then you are going to need something incredibly sturdy. The Jeep Cherokee is a great option if you are trying to find a vehicle that will cater to all of the needs above. In addition to being able to withstand a great deal of abuse, this vehicle is also very flexible and can be used for a myriad of purposes.

Safety Features

When you are carting children around, you can never be too safe. This is why it is a good idea to read reviews of all of the vehicles that you are considering. Look at what other people’s experiences have been like. If you can, try to find out what happened to the vehicle when it was in an accident. Photographs will help you to determine just how much damage your vehicle can endure in an unfortunate incidence. Another thing you should look out for is recalls. It is important to know just why the car was taken off the market. If it was due to some defect, it is important to make sure that the flaws were taken care of. Make sure that all of the safety features are in place as well. This means steady seat belts and airbags where needed.

These are just some of the things you should think about when looking for a car for yourself.

 

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About the Author ()

Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Laurie P says:

    Hubby always does some very thorough research….wouldn’t have it any other way!

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    My husband is a mechanic so before we buy anything, he has to go through the whole underneath and under the hood, the inside of the car doesn’t bother him one bit, but for me I need the room and cup holders inside!!

  3. Kristi says:

    Definitely a good idea to thoroughly research what you want to avoid regretting such a big purchase down the road. I did that with my car and I love it.

  4. I’m terrible at car shopping but safety is definitely my top priority.

  5. Treen Goodwin says:

    My Hubby is very picky when it comes to buying , hes checks everything inside and out , making sure all is good before he will buy anything 🙂

  6. Carole Dube says:

    For me it’s easy we always buy New Toyotas for our main vehicle, I love my Toyota’s. My husband also buy used vehicle for our second vehicle and he knows a lot about mechanics so he checks everything. The latest one is a truck and I don’t drive it, way too big.

  7. Judy Cowan says:

    Good tips. We also always look at fuel economy when it comes to buying a car because we are on a budget.

  8. AD says:

    Great tips! We always get a used vehicle (maybe a year old); we can get the best of the above, for half the cost.

  9. kristen visser says:

    great points!! We are actually in the middle of trying to find a 7 seater SUV suitable for our family vehicle. For us first price is a big factor and of course safety is very important. I usually jump on the first thing we see so thats when hubby steps in and examines everything!

  10. Steph says:

    My boyfriend and I are going through all these points while looking for a new car for him. I think that budget and sales play a large role in how people buy cars as well.

  11. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    Before we had our 3rd child we always had a car but now a van just works better for our family. I just fit better in a car I like being low not high as in a van 🙁 Oh well these yearss will be gone in a flash and we will be down to just the 2 of us again and I will have a car again!!

  12. Treen Goodwin says:

    Great tips , hubby always does is homework when it comes to getting a new car , thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Nate says:

    Great tips in this article if you need a new car

  14. Susan says:

    Thanks for the tips. It is also great to find out how much various makes of vehicles cost to repair over a given term.

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