Sometimes life changes bit by bit with lots of time to readjust and reflect. At other times, life changes so quickly you might not have time to get your bearings before the next change occurs. With how rapidly life changes can occur, most parents I know experience life’s changes in the fast lane.
Growing families exist in a state of constantly shifting priorities. And because there’s always an important event, item, milestone, or need approaching, less immediate needs find their way to the backburner. However, sometimes giving those less immediate needs a little extra thought and attention can bring about long-term value.
That’s the thing about purchasing a new vehicle, you’re making a choice that (hopefully) leads to long-term value. The average American drives the same car for 6.5 years, whereas the car buying process can take as little as two hours. When you’re looking at cars for a growing family, you need to think about your current needs and your future needs in order to really make your purchase count.
Choosing Cars for a Growing Family
Each family is unique, just like each car buying experience is unique. When you go through stages of family planning and when you think about your life in five or 10 years, imagine how your vehicle needs will change. Today we’re going to discuss some variables to consider when your family starts outgrowing your vehicle.
Children, the Ultimate Variable
How many do you plan on having? While this question becomes more or less appropriate depending on who’s doing the asking, including the cost of a new car as part of your family planning is a smart decision. The number of children you plan to have and the distance between each child will influence the amount of space needed.
To put it bluntly, children have a lot of stuff. From car seats and diaper bags to hockey gear and tennis rackets, you’ll be transporting your bundles of joy from commitment to commitment for years. As a result, you’ll need a vehicle capable of meeting whatever needs fall into your family plan.
Preparing for Your Car Needs
While aligning vehicle needs with family planning isn’t for everyone, there are ways parents can better prepare. When it comes to major purchases, a big concern for many is budget. How can a growing family make space in their budget for a new car? Consider whether you’ll be better equipped to purchase a vehicle that suits your family’s needs upfront or to purchase a new or used vehicle as your family grows. And know whichever method fits your family best is the right decision. Afterall, cars for a growing family serve more purposes than just traveling from point A to point B.