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Buying a car is a super serious purchase as the car you choose can have a lasting effect on your cash, sanity or lack thereof. There are a number of things that I considered buying a car and I think all moms should consider when buying a car to grow with their budding family.
1. Ample Trunk Space
One of the last things people look at when buying a car is trunk space but as a mom on the move, this is probably one of the most important features. Whether you have a small family or growing one, trunk space is crucial for grocery shopping, birthday events, and storage for the kid's activities. I decided to go with a trunk that is accessible through the back seat, just in case Sai needed access to water while we were driving.
2. Good On Gas
There are a bunch of cars that have decent mileage, however I think Ford is one of the best deals. I can fill up my Ford Focus SE in New York for less than $30 and considering our last car, a Mercedes Benz ML was $70 this already cuts my weekly car costs in half. If you want the scoop on a vehicle's gas mileage, click the link for the best and worst gas mileage for 2018.
Moms have enough to remember as it is. Automation in a car helps keep everything together and cohesive. My first week with my Ford Focus SE, I left the lights on by mistake and by the time I came out of work, the battery died. The automation aspect can help you with things like leaving the trunk open, seat belt reminders and a solid piece of mind not having to remember whether or not you left the lights on. Having a car that does the work for you is half the battle.
4. Smart Phone Integration
Having a vehicle with smart phone integration can help keep you hands free and out of trouble with the police. Although this is for the most part standard on newer vehicles, it still is high on my list as a priority for moms.
5. Back Up Camera
This was non negotiable when I was searching for a suitable vehicle. The back up camera provides me with an extra feeling of security so I can pay attention to the left and right of me while the camera handles every thing else.
For more resources on car buying, visit cars.com and to read more of my first car buying journey with Carvana, click here.