At some point in life, buying a car was easy. For one, you likely had a smaller budget, so what you could afford was often what you got. But aside from that, it was mostly about what you wanted, what you liked the look of, the kind of car you wanted to drive and be seen in. When you have kids, however, those priorities all change.
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Safety comes first
Once you have children in your car, it suddenly becomes a lot more clear what the dangers on the road really are and how prevalent they can be. As such, you want to look at the cars that come with all of the latest safety features. Many of these that aren’t installed as standard may be able to be added down the line, as well, so do your research on the after-market options, as well.
Flash must give way to practicality
If you have a car that currently doesn’t meet the family’s needs, and you don’t have space to keep it and a more fitting car, then you might have to make the (perhaps heartbreaking) decision to let it go. Services like a Porsche appraisal can assure that you get the best money for your vehicle. You can then reinvest that into a vehicle that’s a little more reliable on the road and a lot more cost-effective, too. After all, your car’s running costs are going to have to shrink to make room in the budget for the realities of having kids and driving them around, too.
You’re going to need more space
Another matter of practicality that needs to be a priority is how much space your car offers. Enough seats to ensure the whole family can fit in is important, but you need enough seating space, as well, for any baby chairs that you might have to fit in there. The amount of trunk space you have matters a lot as well, as if you’re taking kids on school runs or driving vacations, you’re going to need space for their gear, as well. This may include things like sports bags, instruments, and more, so don’t underestimate the space they need.
They may want to drive it, too
If your children are in their teenage years, and have learned to drive, but aren’t quite ready for their own first car, just yet, then you should consider the fact that your vehicle is also what they’re likely to be driving. To that end, aside from the focus on safety and efficiency, as mentioned, you might want to avoid getting anything that gives them a little too much power behind the wheel to keep them from the perils of reckless driving.
It’s the classic trade-off, the dad who has to put aside his own enjoyment for the betterment of family life. It’s a worthwhile trade, but it can certainly come with a hint of bittersweetness. At least once they’ve all left the nest, you can enjoy the typical mid-life splurge on something that feels a little more exciting again.