This post is sponsored by Kelley Blue Book. All opinions are my own.
Are you in the market for a new family car? Depending on whether this is planned or a bit of a surprise, this situation may be exciting or fraught with anxiety. Regardless, don’t let your emotions stand in the way of finding the perfect automotive addition to your family.
Believe it or not, a huge portion of the car buying process should take place before you ever set foot on a car dealership lot. Here are two things you can do to find the perfect family car from the comfort of your own home. In fact, you can do them in your PJs! 🙂
#1 – Evaluate Your Lifestyle.
The first thing you should do in your hunt to find the best family car is evaluate your lifestyle. This includes thinking about:
- Your needs – what do you need a car to do for you?
- Your wants – what would you like a car to do for you?
- Your old car – what did you like? What didn’t you like?
- Your budget – how much car can you afford?
- Your future – do you anticipate any major life changes in the next 5 years or so?
Thinking about the future should not be overlooked… otherwise you may find yourself in the market for a new car far sooner than you’d like! For example, right now you might only have one child in kindergarten who doesn’t have many (if any) extracurricular activities. However, in just a few years he or she may be engaged in sports that have you hauling around the whole team. In that case, a sporty coupe probably wouldn’t be your best bet!
#2 – Do Your Homework.
Now that you’ve got a firm grasp on your must-have and wish lists, you can start doing some research into the best family cars out there.
The perfect place to start is with Kelley Blue Book. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Kelley Blue Book is a vehicle valuation and information source trusted by both consumers (that’s you!) and the automotive industry. They’ve been providing the everyday car buyer with the information necessary to make an intelligent car-purchase decision for 90 years.
If you head to KBB.com, you’re going to find a lot of information. Don’t be overwhelmed! Since you’re hunting for the perfect family vehicle, I recommend starting with their list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.
Tip: Get an overview of Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2017 by watching this video.
Reviewing this list should definitely help you shave some time off of your research process as the Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars list was compiled after extensive testing and evaluation. The process focused on:
- The fit of various child safety car seats
Child car safety seats were very important in the consideration of this year’s winners. With that in mind, the KBB.com editors have an accompanying car seat guide with useful tips and specific details about each car’s strengths and weaknesses you can check out. This is invaluable if you’ll have a little one riding in a car seat!
Oh, and if you’re thinking this list is put together by a bunch of scientists or executives that can’t relate to you and your family’s needs, you’re wrong. The KBB.com editorial staff includes several parents with children spanning a full range of ages from toddler to beyond college and those staff members enlisted the help of their families to put this year’s contenders to a real-world test.
While I’m sure that safety is a big factor in choosing your next family vehicle, if you’re like most families, you must also think about budget. That’s another thing that make’s Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2017 list so great… the cars are affordable. This year’s winners have starting prices that range from about $20,000 to the low $30,000. In fact, only one of the vehicles on the list had a starting price of over $40,000!
In general, Kelley Blue Book is a great place to do research for your next automotive purchase; however, if you’re looking for a family vehicle, you won’t want to miss their list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017.
Note: There’s nothing wrong with conducting a lot of research and getting your info from multiple sources. However, ensure that the source you choose is reputable and accurate (which is why I opt for KBB.com). Remember, anyone can put up a website that says anything.
Now that you’ve done all the hard work of analyzing your needs (and wants) and finding a car or two that fits your family, it’s time to start the actual shopping process!
Psst… that means you probably need to get dressed now. 🙂
Once you are ready to head to the car dealership, ensure your family stays on budget and gets the best deal possible by reading Find Out How to Get a Steal on New Car Deals.