Things To Consider When Buying A Family Vehicle

Things To Consider When Buying A Family Vehicle

22 July 2018
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If you're in the market for a new car but want to make sure it will fit the needs of your family, you might not know where to begin. Most sedans, SUVs, and crossovers offer similar features, and you won't know how it suits your family until you start using it. However, there are some things you can look for when buying a vehicle intended for family use that will make some makes and models stand out more than others.

Here are some things to consider.

1. Car seat compatibility.

All cars come with some features that allow you to install child safety seats. However, not all cars make it easy or even possible for you to install car seats the way you need them. For example, if you have three children and wish to purchase a five-seater vehicle, you might need to fit three car seats across the back seat. In some cars, fitting three seats in not possible because of how the seatbelt are positioned. Some cars also do not have latch attachments for all three seats.

Subaru SUVs can be winners in this category because some models do not have seatbelt overlap and they do not have contoured seating (the middle seat is the same height as the two side seats), making it easier for parents to install car seats safely. Bring narrow-model car seats with you to a Subaru dealership when test driving potential cars to make sure you can get three car seats installed before you buy. 

2. Safety ratings. 

For family cars, the better the safety rating, the better the car. Before shopping, check for make and model recalls, for crash ratings, and for air bag placement, especially in the back seat. Some cars also have backup cameras and 360 cameras to help you see around corners and to back safely out of the driveway without accidentally hitting a child who might run into the path of your car. 

3. Resale value. 

You should also consider resale value for family cars. Many people like to upgrade their vehicles by trading in older models. Many families also like to buy used cars over new. If you choose a new or newer model that has a good resale reputation, you can recoup more on your future trade-ins to stay in a good, safe vehicle for your family. Features like storage, leather seating, and rear entertainment make a car easier to sell as a family vehicle in the future.