Looking to buy a family car in 2024? Here are 5 things to consider​.

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With so many family vehicles to choose from, a snap decision seems unlikely in today's market. Fortunately, the experts at Key Pinetown are here to make the process easier with our five tips to consider when shopping for a family car in 2024.

1. Have you gone for a test drive?

Before signing on the dotted line, a 15-20 minute test drive with your family is highly recommended. While a car may look perfect on paper, there can sometimes be a world of difference when test driving the vehicle.

In today’s market, you may not be able to test drive the exact colour and trim that you’re interested in buying. That being said, you'll still get a good feel for the size, space, and drive just by driving a model from the same (or a comparable) year.

2. Have you done your research?

Once you've settled on what you need and your budget, you can start researching the vehicles that match your family's needs. This includes doing a deep dive online of future fuel and repair costs for the vehicles you're considering.

Compare trim levels, prices, and more – so that when you walk into a dealership, the salesperson will only address need to address any last-minute questions that you have. Your research should have already covered all the essential information of the vehicle/s.

3. Are you thinking 5 years ahead?

How long you intend to keep your car is important to keep in mind. If you're a family vehicle shopper that wants to buy and hold a vehicle for its lifespan, it’s advisable to consider the future and if this vehicle will meet your family’s needs in the next 5 or more years.

For example, not all third-row seating is spacious, and some third rows are too cramped for adults and growing teens. Storage space is another consideration. If you have an infant or toddler, you may need less trunk space than you'd need as they grow and play sports.

4. Have you made a list of your needs and wants in a family car?

Car shopping can feel overwhelming. With so many options, brands, models, and safety features available, making heads or tails on where to start can be hard. Sit down and really consider what you need out of your next car, rather than deciding which specific vehicle you want.

Consider key elements such as: how many seats you need; what safety features are important to you; which comfort add-ons would make your life easier; how much space you need; and more. You can rank your needs and wants, creating a prioritized list that will help you narrow down the models that actually meet your needs.

5. Have you considered your budget?

A family should set a budget with an understanding of how much they want to spend on a vehicle, as there’s an insurance payment, repairs and maintenance, fuel, and other costs to consider.

There are many online resources to help you with figuring out these costs, including Nedbank’s budget calculator (https://www.mfc.co.za/budget-calculator). Consumer Reports can also tell you the average annual cost for fuel.

Still having trouble deciding? Let Key Pinetown make your buying journey easier than ever with our over 50 years of industry experience and expertise.

Contact us today for the best deal on new and used family vehicles.