Does time ever fly by when you have kids! We purchased a new 2005 silver Dodge Grand Caravan in May 2006 in order to have more room to put all of the kid’s hockey and soccer gear when going to out of town trips. It will already be 8 years soon! The best part of owing a Grand Caravan is that we can, all 4 of us, still sit in the van while having our luggage and sports equipment in the back. We could never do this with our previous mid-size car. Yes, that was one of the main reasons we got the van, but it has even been so useful to be able to have enough space to:
- load a sofa, chairs, moving boxes, 2 TV, computers
- store bags upon bags of groceries, luggage, strollers, toys
- put 2 x 4, 2 x 6, or 2 x 8 of lumber
- accommodate 7 people sitting comfortably
- and more!
At first, we weren’t even looking at purchasing our first minivan when we went vehicle shopping. It looked so big and huge to drive and park! We looked at SUV’s and noticed the trunk was not much bigger than the one in our car, so we hopped on a minivan for a test drive. I really enjoyed how high we were sitting and could see the road well, the stow and go seats, the amazing storage capacity, and did it ever drive smoothly (it still does)!
We know the time will come soon to start thinking about purchasing a new vehicle. Not quite sure what type of vehicle or brand we will purchase this time around. Now that the kids are older, we might go back to a mid-size car. We have been looking at CUV’s, crossover utility vehicle, like the Journey. The CUV is built on a car platform and combines features of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with features from a passenger vehicle. We’ve also looked into a GMC truck that can sit us comfortably and haul a small trailer, but have decided that a crossover is better suited for the family. Like all the major purchases that we make, we will shop around at many dealerships and find online auto reviews before making a sensible decision for our family. Wish us good luck!
Have you considered purchasing a Crossover for your next vehicle?
Do you think it’s important to read auto reviews before purchasing a vehicle?