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If you’re an on the go busy parent like me, you spend a lot of time in your car. Between appointments, meetings and kids after school activities, there are times I feel like I should have a neon sign with the word “TAXI” on top of my SUV. My car is, admittedly, usually a mess from all the items left behind from our hustles from place to place but I happen to love my car and think it’s the perfect fit for my family.
So many of my friends who have purchased new or “new to me” cars recently have spent a lot of time trying to figure out just what the right size car is for their family and also for their long term needs. As someone who had a sporty sedan when she was first a mom, to then owning a way too large SUV, then finally finding my perfect fit – here are a few tips that will help you with your decision making process.
Look at your current family size. I’ve seen new parents trade in their coupes for 3 row SUV’s when the baby hasn’t even arrived yet. Unless you plan on being the carpool queen or having multiple children back to back, this large of a car may not be necessary at the moment. Unless this car is your “lifer”, you may find the adjustment to an over-sized SUV a bit too much of a jump.
Consider length of time you plan on owning your car or truck. If you have a two year lease, you can just consider the short term when making your decision. Timing can sometimes be everything, so considering length of time of vehicle ownership vs. cost is always an important factor.
Keep in mind your car “personality” when making the decision. While family size and amount of passengers is always key, it’s also important to have a car that fits you too. My second car after having kids was a large Toyota 4Runner that was sometimes too much of a truck for me. At 5’4″, I often banged the side of my leg getting in and out of the drivers seat. While it was a great car, it never really felt like mine and physically just wasn’t a good fit. On the plus side, the trunk space was awesome and it was great in the snow.
Think of what fits your needs best on a daily basis more so than those less frequent uses. I have met people who purchased cars based on bi-annual road trips but they didn’t work well for their daily and regular use. With options to rent vehicles, it’s wise to look at what would work for your family for it’s most needed uses and not for those off occasion times.
Stuff, stuff, stuff. When it comes to kids, I’ve found as they get older the amount of “stuff” they have increases along with their age. My car is always filled with gym bags, swim bags, changes of clothing, and miscelanous art work. Every two weeks I clean it all out, only to find it has appeared back in a matter of days. My family of three needs an SUV for extra space for all the things that we take with us on the go. Keep in mind just how important storage can be when planning!
Do your research, but go with your gut. I love sites like Cars.com which is an amazing resource for car shoppers. Navigate, read, click, and get what you need all in one space. Doing your homework before a major decision like what car suits your family is an important part of the process. But in the end, I always say do your research with your brain, but make your final call with your heart.
I hope these tips and advice lead you to a car that is perfect for you and yours. Wishing you many happy miles on the road, and as always be safe!! Let’s stay connected on social! You can follow Mommy Entourage on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!