It served us well but the time had come to move on. I’ve just gone through researching minivans and I had to share these Tips For Buying A New Vehicle…and please keep in mind my tips are heavy on the what-family-needs-from-a-Mom’s-point-of-view and not very mechanic at all. Oh, and this is not sponsored at all – my authentic and unsponsored Tips For Buying A New Vehicle…
I will start with what we purchased…a new 2014 Kia Sedona from Scarboro Kia. (And for transparency: I went to school with the GM there - Dom Vigliatore - a super nice guy – and again – this is unsponsored). Dom pretty much made the deal with me when he said…
“Buy the car which is right for you.”
Sure there are pretty cars. Cars with low prices. Cars which have features beyond your imagination. However, at the end of the day – you have to buy the car which is right for you.
Tips For Buying A New Vehicle
My number 1 was reliability (and I include safety with reliability). My old van had been completely unreliable of late (leaving us stranded many a time – and parents know – when you have to go pick up kids – unreliable just doesn’t work). We need a vehicle which is reliable. Every. Single. Day.
Next, determine what size vehicle you need. I knew we needed a 7 seater. However, with 7 seater minivans comes challenges…do you loose trunk space? Bench over captains chairs? Leg room? We tried several minivans to compare comfort for our family. It’s important to “try on” a vehicle to see if it fits you.
Think economics. Price, fuel efficiency, mileage (that should be kilometer-age shouldn’t it?!). And what is the monthly % of financing? Basically, can you afford this vehicle?!
The Mom-in-me needed the family wants. Cup holders (I know sounds frivolous but road trip with 6 other people and you’ll realize cup holders can be battle grounds), trunk space, and storage are important to me. We also crushed on two features which weren’t necessary – but which would make life easier - bluetooth (so we can call hands free) and a usb port (so we can charge on-the-go). And if you do road trip like we do – check out my suggestions for Screen Free Travel Activities.
We knew what we didn’t need (heated seats) and what we absolutely needed (those 7 seats).
I think when choosing a new vehicle it comes down to that…what do you need and what don’t you need. That’s the easy way to determine which car is right for you.