Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, being a parent can be tiring and stressful. You have to worry about your children’s safety, whether they have eaten and driving them to school and back. All of that can become stressful and looking for a suitable mom car can be the last thing on your mind. Below are a few tips which can help you choose the best vehicle.
If you’re a first-time car buyer or you’re planning on selling your old two-door car and buying a child-friendly vehicle, you have your research cut out for you. Whether you’re planning on going to a car dealership or finding a private seller, you can find a number of used cars for sale on the internet.
It is important that you research the type of cars suitable for a family. It’s always good to browse around and look for the latest car news, as they can help you decide which vehicle you need.
Get car finance
Before going to your dealership its good to be pre-approved for vehicle finance. Making sure you have your finances in order can give you peace of mind as the hard part is over, next is finding your perfect vehicle. There are plenty of lenders in South Africa that can offer you vehicle financing.
Second-hand or brand new vehicle?
During your car search, you need to decide whether you want a second-hand or a brand new vehicle. There are many used cars for sale that are in good working condition and which can last a couple of years. Second-hand vehicles are more affordable therefore you save more money and you don’t need to pay the money lost through vehicle depreciation so that’s a good benefit.
Looking around goes hand in hand with doing research. Visit different dealerships and weigh up which one has the perfect deals for you. Once you have seen the right vehicle for yourself it’s also good to continue to shop around because you might find a better deal elsewhere. When you shop around you can have better-negotiating skills as you have a better idea of the different vehicle prices.
The right vehicle size is extremely important for moms whether you’re planning on starting a family or if you already have children. You need to look for second-hand cars that are the perfect size for your family, and you should also consider whether you plan on extending your family or not. If you currently only have one child and you plan on having more children in the future, a bigger car would be a better option.
The vehicle’s interior
While looking for the right size dream car as a mother, you need to look at the boot space. It’s helpful to have a bigger boot so that you can keep all your children’s belongings. You should also look at how many seats are in the car, this is why SUV’s are better as they will have enough space for your children. If you have children, leather seats are the preferred option, as it’s easier to remove sticky food and drink stains on leather than with fabric.
Car insurance shouldn’t be the only safety measure you take, but it needs to be done. Since we all know roads aren’t the safest place to be, it’s best to protect yourself from reckless drivers.
Safety features protect you and your family from unexpected accidents, these safety features are the basics a mom car would need:
- Integrated sunshades (extremely important especially if you have a newborn)
- Back camera: this is needed for when you’re parking especially if you’re driving a night.
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Cruise control
- Blind spot assistance
- passenger airbag for seats at the back
- seatbelts for backseat passengers
- fog lights
- child lock
- side impact protection beams
Test drive your vehicle
When buying a second-hand vehicle, test driving goes without saying. You should always test the car to avoid any problems. Look if everything is in order and there are no dents or paint jobs that you’re unaware of that could be signs of an undocumented accident.
Think about insurance
Having vehicle insurance is important. There is a high rate of theft and accidents that happen on a daily basis, therefore, it’s important to have insurance. Having car insurance allows you as a parent to have peace of mind when you’re on the road as you are covered.
When looking for insurance quotes you should look at the service, price, and how much is the claim from the settlement. It’s important to know how much you’re going to be paying per month and how much will your payout will be should you get into an accident or experience car theft.