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What to consider in a family car

This is a sponsored post by cars.com, but all opinions are my own.

We are getting to that point of looking for another family car.  Our wonderful old faithful 1998 Nissan is still kicking but it’s getting tired! And, we are not getting any smaller with three growing kids.  Choosing a car is one of the most daunting things and I want to point out a few things to think about and some resources we use to make it easier!

What to consider in a family car:

The number of seats needed.

We have a car with 5 seats and there are 5 of us.  That means we can go anywhere, but not if we have anyone come visit. So naturally more seats are a requirement for our next car purchase!

Trunk space.

I’m looking for a big enough trunk space that can fit a double stroller, and then some.  Even better would be the option to take out a row of seats for more space if needed. With a few kids, it’s nice to not have to play Tetris in the trunk just get in groceries and a stroller.

Budget.

I know this is obvious, but this number narrows the options a LOT. I recently discovered cars.com and it’s a great resource for finding local used cars!   I can narrow my search by car type, (minivan or SUV over here!), distance from me, miles on the car, seller type, budget, make and model, and lots more.

How easy car seats will be to install.

Our car does not have the Latch system since it was made pre-2002, and our next one WILL.  It makes it SO much easier and safer I think to buckle in car seats. At cars.com you can actually see videos of safety technicians testing different car’s ability to fit multiple types of car seats in them.  Super cool! As always, it’s best to consult your car seat manual or get help to make sure your kids are as safe as possible in their car seats.

Related Post: How we fit 3 car seats in the back of a regular sized car.

Door type

Most vehicles have traditional doors that swing out, but some minivans have sliding doors. I only recently thought about that after renting a minivan with sliding doors. And it was awesome for city driving or times when cars park really close.  There are times in our car where I have not been able open the door and have to take out my kids and baby through the other side.  So that is something on my wishlist if we get a mini.

Hope these tips are a good starting place and good luck finding the family car you need!

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