Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned PTA member, it’s important that you have wheels that can handle your and your family’s specific needs. We’ve come a long way since the days of piling into a “mom minivan.” While you don’t have to choose between style and function anymore, there are key things every parent should look for when it comes to transporting their most precious cargo—their family.
Put these five tips on your “must” list:
- Ample seating room for now—and later
Of course, one of the first things you’ll look for is whether there’s sufficient seating for your entire brood—no two-seaters for you! But you also need to consider whether you plan on expanding your family in the future and turning your only child into your oldest child. A lot can change in the seven years the average consumer keeps their car, so factor that into your decision.
- Car seat adaptability
As any parent can attest, installing a car seat can be one of the biggest challenges of parenthood. It’s vital to avoid contributing to the 60 percent of car seats that are installed incorrectly, which can put your child at great risk. Be proactive and bring your car seat with you when you go car shopping to ensure it’s compatible with potential new rides.
- Back-up camera and alert
Back-up cameras have become standard on many vehicles, but there are still some without this safety feature, especially if you’re buying a used car. While they’re handy for backing out of parking spots and parallel parking, they also protect people—and specifically small children—from injury or worse when the driver is unable to see them when reversing.
- Space for their activities
Even if your little one(s) can hardly stand on their own right now, weekends filled with soccer games, football practice, school band concerts, and art classes are right around the corner. You’ll want a car that can handle all the equipment and accessories that come with the territory.
- On-board entertainment
Let’s face it: Whoever created in-car TVs must have had kids of their own. While you may not want to waste their “screen time” on the way to school or the grocery store, you’ll be thanking your past-self when you drive the whole family to Disney World for vacation.
Now that you know how to find the perfect car for your family, it’s time to get the perfect auto loan to finance it. Suffolk Federal’s great low auto loan rates finance up to 100% of your new or used car purchase and go even lower with automatic payments!