3 Key Considerations When Buying A Family Vehicle

When it comes to buying a car for your family, there are a lot of factors to consider. 

Whether you're driving your kids to soccer practice or zipping cross-country for an old-fashioned road trip, here are three considerations that you should keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle. 

Vehicle Safety Features

When it comes to family, safety is king. Depending on the frequency of your commute or your personal preference for safety features, there's no shortage of factors to consider. 

Checking for features such as:

  • Airbags
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rearview cameras

These are all great places to start! While some of these features aren't a necessity for safety, they have been designed to enhance your overall driving experience. Rearview cameras, for example, can be a great asset for larger vehicles frequently backing out of parking spaces in busy locations (like after successful hockey practice with your kids!). Speaking with a Sales Representative about your individual needs and preferences can make identifying key safety features a breeze. 

When conducting independent research on safety ratings, consider using reliable sources of information like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or Transport Canada websites. 

Space & Comfort

From long road trips to driving around the soccer team for post-practice ice-cream, the amount of space and comfort needed in a vehicle varies from person to person. Ideally, any vehicle you purchase will have enough space to comfortably seat everyone while also retaining enough storage room to hold your bags, sporting equipment, groceries, etc. 

In regions where the seasons vary, comfort features such as climate control and heated seats can make a huge difference. The amount of legroom and headroom available in a vehicle can also prevent physical discomfort during longer drives. 

One of the best ways to see how comfortable a vehicle will be is to schedule a test drive!

Fuel Economy

Since family vehicles are often used for daily commutes, it's important to consider their fuel economy. How a vehicle consumes fuel while city driving versus highway driving often differs, so consider which commute best matches your life style when researching this option.

Of course, you can always consider a hybrid or electric vehicles which will not only saves on fuel costs, but will also reduce your carbon footprint in the long run. 

To Summarize

Purchasing a vehicle is an investment. That's why it's important to consider what features matter most to you. Safety, space and comfort, and fuel economy are just some important aspects to consider when looking to purchase a new vehicle. 

Are you uncertain which vehicle is right for you? Contact one of our Sales Representatives who will be more than happy to help choose a car perfect for you and the needs of your family!

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