Saturday, 5 October 2013
Guest Post: Buying a vehicle for the family
When you are buying a car for the family it presents many different choices that simply getting a run about for yourself. Deciding on the most important options that you should be considering can be a daunting task.
Today many different styles and classes are used as family friendly vehicles, ranging from 4x4 SUVs to estates, saloons and even larger types of superminis.
So what are the main things you should have in mind when buying a vehicle aimed at family use?
The question of size is one of the main variables and this really depends on how big a family you have and how you make sure that there is enough space for all the tasks you will be using your vehicle for.
Allowing every member of the family to travel safely, securely and comfortably is one consideration, as is having plenty of space for all the things that a family vehicle is used to transport, i.e. everything that comes with moving young children from place to place and sometimes taking elderly relatives into account as well.
Anything to do with your family means that safety has to be a priority, and today leading manufacturers are increasingly fitting more and more safety features as standard to their new vehicles.
If you can't afford a brand new model, it might be worth looking at the nearly new market. If you want to buy used cars UK dealerships from the main manufacturers offer 'approved' programmes which have high quality vehicle that cost far less than brand new models.
This type of deal means that you can be sure a second-hand car is fully compliant with all the relevant safety regulations and that all the equipment and safety systems are fully functional.
Things such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) are two of the most common features in recent models that up until only fairly recently would have only been available as high-end, top-of-the-range added extras.
Whatever model or brand you choose for a family vehicle, safety and comfort are the two things that must always come in front of prestige or ‘wow’ factor when it comes to making a decision.
However, that doesn't mean that performance necessarily needs to be compromised, or that internal upholstery and fittings need be pared down to utilitarian levels. Today's cars come with interiors that are built to take significant wear and tear, which is an essential characteristic for any vehicle intended for family use but still offers stylish options and comfort for all the family.