So your family is about to expand by one (or perhaps more, in the case of multiples) – congratulations! There’s so much to think about and plan for, that your car might be the last thing on your mind right now. Until you realise that the compact small car that suited you so well as a family of two is feeling a little knees-to-the-dashboard when you first try out that car seat.
Upgrading to a family car doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor, though. After all, you’ve got enough on your plate with your new little human. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to choosing a family friendly car that’s right for your needs.
Some important things to consider when planning your purchase –
Space for all that Baby Stuff
Babies might be small, but the number of bulky items they need for a simple day out is staggering. By the time you get in a car seat, pram, nappy bag, toys and snacks there’s not a lot of room left for other passengers. You don’t want to be caught out with a pram that doesn’t fit in your car, so make sure you test it in the boot before you buy. We suggest looking for something with plenty of room in the back and taking along your main items like car seat and pram when shopping around to make sure they fit comfortably.
Beware the Back Problems
You’re going to be doing plenty of lifting in and out of the back of the car and while your pram might not get any heavier, your baby definitely will! Consider the height the car sits at and whether it’s going to be suitable for you – if it’s too low, it could cause back strain over time especially if you already have pre-existing spinal issues.
While safety should always be a consideration, it’s probably on your mind more now that you’re a parent. Some basics to cover are –
- Check the ANCAP safety-rating – the highest is five stars
- Convenient tethers for car seats
- Anti-lock brakes
- Airbags in the front and back
- Electronic stability control
Some additional features really worth considering are –
- Reversing camera
- Air conditioning vents in the back – particularly if you live in a warm climate
- Automatic emergency braking
Mess is Guaranteed
Whether you’ve always been proud of having a clean car or are frequently dropping crumbs from a morning breakfast on the go, we can pretty much guarantee that your car situation is about to get a whole lot messier! Constant crumbs from snacks, spilled drink bottles, sticky fingers and all the creative things your little charge seems to be able to find to make a mess with are a given. It’s worth choosing a car with easy to clean seats to save time on soaking stains.
We know you’re getting your head around having one child, but before committing to a big purchase like a new car, it’s worth thinking about whether you’ll have more and how many you want. This will have an impact on the size and type of car you’re looking for, as the closer in age your children are there is the likelihood you will need to accommodate multiple car seats at once. If you know you want a big family, it could be worth looking for something with a third row of seats now.
Simple Finance Options
A car loan is the popular choice for most families purchasing a new or used vehicle to upgrade to a baby-friendly car. After all, your budget is about to change as your lifestyle does. Rapid Loans offers car loans from $5,000 to $25,000 with a simple online application to take the stress out of car financing and get you in your family car sooner. Apply online or give us a call today on 1300 727 431 for more information.
Good luck on your next big adventure!