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How to Choose the Right Car for Your Blended Family

It’s easy to make some decisions. And especially when the outcome is inconsequential. It doesn’t really matter what you have for dinner this evening — if you don’t really fancy the choice you’ll have a chance to correct things tomorrow. But there are some decisions that can stick with you. For example, the big purchases. If you make the wrong decision about your car, then you’ll end up paying for it in a big way. This is especially important if you have a blended family. You need a car that is practical for when everyone is together just as much as when your stepkids aren’t with you. As such, it’s important to think carefully about what vehicle you’re buying. In this blog, we’ll run through some important considerations to keep in mind when you choose the right car for your blended family.

What Are You Transporting?

How to Choose the Right Car for Your Blended Family - family in the car

First and foremost, you should think about what you’ll need to be transporting. And by that, we mostly mean how many people you’ll be moving around. If you have three kids, then it wouldn’t make any sense to buy a Mini Cooper. Those kids are only going to get bigger, but the car won’t.

It’s also a good idea to think about your general lifestyle. If it’s only you and your other half for most of the week and the kids are only around a few nights a week and on weekends, then a huge car may not be the best option for you. My ex partner and I opted for a 7 seater that was also very good on fuel. This worked for us and our 3 kids as it gave us ample space to travel comfortably as going back and forth from their house to ours was a long way.

If you’re planning to go camping every other weekend, then it’d make more sense to get a larger vehicle that’ll be able to handle all the items you’ll need. Also, think about whether you’re going to have more kids in the future — they’ll need to get in the car too!

City v Rural

4x4 SUV on the road in the countryside

A car will perform differently depending on the type of environment. As such, it’s a good idea to think about and choose the right car for your general surroundings. You might be able to use a car that was designed with rural life in mind in the city (though they tend to be larger, and parking could be an issue). However, you wouldn’t want to risk buying a “city car” if you live in a rural environment. You might find that they don’t have enough suspension or rugged grit to get you through the extreme weather that rural areas generally get. 

Aesthetic Appeal

Jaguar car brand jag

First and foremost, you’ll want your car to be technically useful. But you’ll also want it to look good, too. So it’s worthwhile trying to find a car that both suits your lifestyle and looks the part. This works well in a blended family if the kids are older or if you are a 2 car family. There are good-looking cars for all needs. The smallest Jaguar cars can be perfect for the city, while there are some pretty handsome 4X4 vehicles if you live in the countryside. The main thing is to ensure that the vehicle puts a smile on your face when you look at it, and that it fits it with your family’s lifestyle too.

The Budget Factor

Budget glass jar with coins

Of course, you’ll also need to think about the budget. If you don’t have a massive budget, then look second-hand — you can save a bunch of money with this approach. As well as the initial cost of purchasing the car, think about the cost of running the vehicle. Some cars get better gas mileage than others, while some cars can be extremely expensive to repair. So it’s useful to research the total cost of getting a particular vehicle, not just how much you’ll pay at the beginning. Our 7-seater Fiat 500 L was brilliant in terms of mileage per litre as well, and that definitely made it a perfect choice all around.

As you can see being able to choose the right car for your blended family isn’t that big of a feat. All you need to do is focus on what is best for your family and your lifestyle and you can find the best match for you.

How to Choose the Right Car for Your Blended Family

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