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The Family Car Finder: What to Consider When Buying a Larger Vehicle

Do you have a larger family? If so, congratulations! There are some real challenges to having a bigger brood, but the joys and rewards are multiplied as well. But getting everyone around can become tricky as well, especially with varying schedules, places of work, schools, and daycares. That’s why a larger vehicle, such as a people mover, is an important consideration for bigger families. But what if you’re just embarking on your purchase journey and you’re not sure where to start? Fear not! Because we’re about to unpack the family car finder, this helpful article that you can use to learn what to consider when buying a larger vehicle.

How Many Seats?

This is the most important part of your decision because you’ll need to look at some 8 seaters or even 9 seaters if you have a huge family. Most people movers vary from 7-9 seats. If you need to get the whole family around, and sometimes grandparents or other relatives, then the number of seats is a vital criterion. Ideally, you want to be able to fit all your kids and maybe one or two other people, in case of family events or getting elderly relatives around to.

Fuel Efficiency

If you’ve got the need to carry a large number of people around, chances are you’re going to be on the road a lot. Trips to school, daycare, kinder, sports practice, swimming lessons, and events on the weekend equal a fair few kilometres, and a fair bit of fuel. When researching your large vehicle, check out their fuel efficiency ratings. And, because sometimes anecdotal reviews are good too, head to some forums like Whirlpool or Reddit to see what sort of mileage people are getting out of the models you’re considering.

What’s Your Budget?

This is the golden question. You can only afford what you can afford at the end of the day. Even if you’re considering finance, you need to work out what you can afford in repayments and then consider running costs like fuel, insurance, tyres, servicing, washes and so on. So, sit down and either figure out how much you can spend outright or what you can afford in repayments plus running costs. Once you have your budget, you’ll have a clearer idea of the make and model options available to you.

Inclusions and Add Ons

If you’re buying new, you need to consider what the dealership or manufacturer can throw in to sweeten the deal. Some manufacturers now offer seven-year warranties, which is a pretty decent amount of time to cover major engine trouble or other things that can go wrong. You might also want to see if they can include car paint protection, nice wheels, fixed price servicing, and other perks. Car salespeople have one job and that is to sell you a car, so make them work for it and try and get as much thrown in as you can. Haggle and haggle some more and walk away with a sweet deal for your new large vehicle.

A Summary

If you need to get more than seven people from A to B, you’ll need a larger vehicle like a people mover. Consider how many seats you need as this is one of the most important factors in your decision. After that, think about fuel efficiency and do some research, including anecdotal stories. Work out your budget, including running costs. Finally, see what added extras are available if you’re buying new.


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Written by Nat Sauteed

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