When you’re buying a car for a growing family, there are so many things to consider. Will your new vehicle fit a pram? How safe will it be? Will it still be big enough when your family has grown even more, a few years down the track? More importantly, is there room for a dog?
At Mantello Hyundai Roxburgh Park we’ve been selling new and used cars to families for over 40 years – so we have a pretty good idea about what makes the perfect family car. From whether it will fit in your garage to how many safety features your new car boasts, it’s important to think ahead.
Here are our top tips to help you find the perfect car for your growing family:
Check the safety features
Every vehicle has an ANCAP crash safety rating and at Mantello Hyundai we don’t recommend anything with less than four stars. To achieve the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating, a vehicle has to achieve the highest standards in all tests and must feature advanced safety technologies.
Over the years we’ve seen vehicle safety features really evolve. From autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane support systems (LLS), enhanced safety features can reduce your chances of road traffic accidents for you and your family.
Other safety features like child seat anchor points (ISOFIX), airbags, and lane-change warnings can also put you at ease and keep your family as safe as possible when you’re on the road.
Put practicality first
Taking things like storage into consideration will really save stress in years to come. Are there enough cup and bottle holders? Do you need under-seat storage? Lots of parents use their boot as a nappy-changing table – is that something you might need?
Remember the days when all you had to think about was what colour coupe to buy? Whether you’re a small or a large family, the more space you have now, the better. Will you need to fit in a couple of friends, a cousin, your parents…a second dog? Thinking ahead is the key here.
Take your car for a test drive
At Mantello Hyundai we know the importance of trying before you buy. Lots of families enjoy test-driving their future Hyundai with the kids. This can give you a really practical idea of whether you’ll all fit in comfortably and how easy it is for everyone to get in and out.
Is it easy to get a child seat in and out of the car? Can the kids see out of the windows? How’s the heating and cooling back there? Are the seats wipeable for those likely sticky situations?
How will you use the car?
How you plan to use your Hyundai with your growing family will dictate what vehicle you choose. Air conditioning and window-tinting are popular options, especially in Melbourne where summers are hot and winters are definitely cold!
How often do you really plan do drive on dirt roads? Will you want to go on a camping trip in a year from now, with the whole family (yes, and the dog) in tow? If you plan to drive long distances, a diesel car might be your best bet.
Lots of families looking for a new car have very simple requirements: they want to do a few supermarket runs every week, drop the kids of at school, and head to the beach a couple of times a month. Is that really you?
Maybe you live in the country and it takes you a couple of hours to visit your closest family and friends. Being honest now about how you’ll really use your car will make your future family the happiest it can be.
We can help
Our staff at Mantello Hyundai are dedicated in providing you with the best care at all times, whether you are buying, selling or leasing! Plus, we’re a family-owned business - so we really do get it. Choosing the perfect car for your growing family can actually be an enjoyable experience if you use our handy checklist.
We’re passionate about providing remarkable service and strive for the highest customer satisfaction every time. Get in touch with Mantello Hyundai Roxburgh Park today to find out how we can help.