4 Tips for Buying the Right Car for Your Family

If you’ve got plans to buy a new vehicle for your family, you might be already dreading the process. After all, finding the right car no matter what you’re looking for can take a long time and a lot of effort. But it doesn’t have to! Read on to find out 4 tips for buying the right car for your family.

4 Tips for Buying the Right Car

#1 – Do Your Research

The absolute most important tip – do your research. I can’t stress this enough! You must know the facts about the make, model and price of your car. Consider starting with Cars.com to help you learn about your potential purchase. I like Cars.com because it provides a lot of information about a wide variety of cars and it has a Videos & Reviews feature with honest information about the things that aren’t so great about a particular car.

Those with families especially need to consider your family size – especially since it can change quickly over the life of your car! – and safety ratings.

#2 – Check How Car Seats Fit

In addition to considering safety ratings, you’ll definitely need to check how car seats fit in a particular vehicle. You know how pesky it can be to fit those car seats in, and you want to be sure your seats will fit comfortably with correct installation! Cars.com has a Car Seat Check Honor Roll which is updated every year and recognizes the vehicles that have ample room for at least two car seats and have Latch anchors that make car seat installation easier. Check out How Cars.com Conducts Car Seat Checks to see how thorough they are in the process.

#3 – Shop Around

If you’re on a budget, I’m sure you’re looking for the best price. Don’t just stick with one dealer – shop around to widen your selection and get a solid deal! Yes, dealers can stock huge selections at different prices, but it doesn’t mean that those prices are competitive. Determine a baseline price for your car by visiting multiple dealers and researching similar vehicles you’re interested in. Don’t forget to consider the number of miles as well as the wear and tear on used vehicles.

#4 – Take Your Time

Don’t rush the process – take your time and find the car that is right for you and your family. It can be easy to feel pressure to buy when at the dealership, but rushing your purchase may cause you to overpay and leave the lot with something that’s less than ideal for your family. Have your spouse, partner, friend or family member accompany you to the dealership to act as a sounding board and to make sure you don’t get talked into buying a car you don’t really want.

Purchasing a new vehicle for your family doesn’t have to be a big deal. The more you know about the process, the better off you will be! Cars.com has been around since 1998 and will help you with the car buying process, from doing your research to driving off the lot with the perfect vehicle for your family.


  1. We just bought a car last month and it was a HUGE process. Even after narrowing our preferred brand down we still had a lot of decisions to make.

  2. I knew I needed a bigger car on the last car shopping trip. My new ride even had a spot for car seat so it was easy to assemble.

  3. We are definitely in the market for a new car very soon! Thanks for the great tips! I will keep these in mind!

  4. I wish we would have this advice when our kids were little. Back then, we bought vehicles we could afford, and luckily, things worked out for the most part.

  5. There was a long period of time where all three of my kids used car seats, so I understand what an important factor they can play when deciding on a vehicle. I love the idea of having such a handy fit check resource available!

  6. Kristie F says:

    We’re in the market for a new car. I’ll definitely check out Cars.com

  7. Having a friend or family member go with you to a dealership is very important.

  8. These are some great tips! We recently bought a Chrysler Town & Country for our expanding family and we love it!

  9. I’m going to need another car pretty soon. Thanks for the tips.

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