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									Top 5 Tips For Buying a Family Car
                                                                                     When it comes to buying a family
                                                                                     car, women are well and truly in
                                                                                     the driver's seat. Buying your first
                                                                                     family car or upgrading to fit in the
                                                                                     growing tribe can be quite
                                                                                     daunting with decisions ranging
                                                                                     from choosing from what's out
                                                                                     there and suiting your needs to
                                                                                     how to go about negotiating a
                                                                                     great deal. The following will help
                                                                                     you to select the right family car
                                                                                     and have a great experience doing

                                                                                     1. Deciding What You Want

                                                                                     a. Short List. Have a look at the
                                                                                     cars on the road and ask your
                                                                                     friends about their cars. Work out
                                                                                     what style you would like, a
hatchback, a station wagon, an SUV, a people mover, a sports car or a sedan.

b. Set A Budget. New car prices vary enormously ranging from $13,000 to over $200,000. Once you've set your
budget, your short list will be more useful.

c. Research. Go online to have a look at the features that are important to you. This may include fuel economy, eco
friendly, storage compartments, safety features and comfort features. When you're online, have a look at the RRP of
the cars you like. And remember, the advertised price is always negotiable.

2. Car Features to Consider

a. Boot Space. How easy is it to get a pram in and out of the boot? How much space is left with the pram in there? As
prams can vary enormously in size (Emmuljungas are quite big, for example) take your pram in with you. Some
people choose to buy their pram first and then the car!

b. Child Seat Anchorage Points. Most cars will have 3, with some people movers having up to 5. Also, see where
they are located. Some are towards the back of the boot, which means that the seat straps can interfere with boot

c. Storage Compartments. You can never have too many spots to put your things. There is an even greater need
when you have kids. It is great to have somewhere to put some spare nappies/wipes for emergencies or backseat
pockets and door pockets for your child's books and games. Drink holders also come in handy. Some cars will have
them in the front and rear!

d. Car Size. This is a dilemma for many. Going from a small hatch to an SUV or station wagon can be a big step. But
do you really need a car that big? One of the most important aspects is that you are comfortable in the driver's seat
and have good visibility out of the front, side and rear windows. If you are looking at a bigger car, try reverse parking
and parking it in a shopping centre car park. I went from a small hatchback to a large station wagon thinking this is
what I needed. After about a year, I went back to the small hatch! Also consider how many children you are planning
to have and over what time frame. On average, people in Australia keep their car for about 5 years. If you are
planning 3 children in a short space of time, a larger car may be more practical.

e. Safety Features. When you are carrying around your precious cargo, safety becomes a priority. Here are some
features worth considering.

i. Airbags. Front, side, knee and curtain airbags.
ii. Anti Lock Braking System (ABS). Helps the car to stop sooner and gives you some driving control under heavy
braking conditions.

iii. Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Senses when the car is "out of control" in heavy cornering and helps to correct
the car's direction.

iv. Reverse Parking Sensors. An audible sound when reversing indicating that something is behind the car.

v. Reverse Parking Camera. A camera mounted on the back of the car with a screen in the front dash/console
showing what is behind the car.

vi. Seat Belts. Check how many seat belts there are in the car and that they are all 3 point seatbelts. (Some vehicles
still have a lap seatbelt in the centre rear seat).

vii. Child Locks on Doors and Windows.

viii. Cargo Barrier/Net. Helps to prevent items in the boot of a station wagon or SUV from flying forward whilst driving.

Tip: According to a recent study undertaken by Monash University Accident Research Centre, you are less likely to
be in an accident in a white car than other car colours. The least safe is black and dark colours that blend with the
road colour.

3. In the Dealership

a. Test Drive. Dealerships may not always have the exact model you want for a test drive, so it is good to book an
appointment. There's nothing worse than getting in there with the kids and there's no car to drive!

b. Take Kids Or Not? If you've got kids and are going to take them with you, bring your car seats so that they can join
you on the test drive. Some dealerships have play areas and activities for kids to allow time to discuss your needs
with a sales consultant.

c. What Day Is Best? Dealerships are the busiest on the weekend and you may have to wait for service. If you can,
test drive during the week.

d. On Your Own? A lot of women will take someone with them to a dealership. Sometimes it's for a second opinion
and other times it's to get the low down on the technical stuff or to negotiate on your behalf. You're spending a lot of
money so do what is comfortable for you.

4. How To Get A Good Deal

a. Buy a car in stock.

b. Buy during a factory supported sale. This is when you will see special deals being offered on television.

c. Some colours may be overstocked so you may get a better deal on a white car instead of the popular silver, for

d. Buy towards the end of the month or end of the year.

e. Negotiate. This may include money off the RRP of the car or items for free such as floor mats.

5. Car Servicing Some dealerships will offer you benefits when you buy and service your car with them. Whilst you
may not be thinking of these when buying your car, it is a good time to ask as they can save you time and money.

Some benefits include:

a. Free car cleaning when servicing.

b. Free (or really competitive) loan cars when servicing your car.
c. A courtesy shuttle service to your nearest station or bus stop.

d. Some models come with free servicing, so take this into account when choosing your model.

e. Some premium car dealerships offer a service where they pick the car up from you and drop it off as well when you
book it in for a service.

Tip: Keep a record of your car services in the log book provided. This may get you a higher price when selling you

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