Since getting pregnant with Hattie, I’ve been seriously considering the purchase of a new car, a minivan in particular. I’ve asked friends and I’ve talked to a dealership but the best piece of advice I was given was to do research on cars.com. Cars.com allows you to research price, make, model, and other statistics to ensure you’re knowledgeable about the type of car you want when it comes time to talk to a dealer. Once you do your research, make sure you go to multiple car dealerships to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Having the knowledge in hand prior to visiting the dealer will ensure you know what you’re talking about and you won’t get taken advantage of by a salesperson who just wants another sale. You’ll be able to walk away from your purchase knowing you got the best possible deal you could get.
If you’re buying a used car, make sure that they have a latch system and you can easily install a car seat. Some older cars don’t have this. Cars.com has great information on what a latch system is and how they conduct car seat checks in this informative article. You want to be sure you’re getting the safest car possible for your growing family. I’d even suggest bringing the car seat and base with you to the dealership so you can test it out in different cars to see what kind of space you’ll have. You’d be surprised how much space a car seat can take up, and when you have multiple children, it gets cramped fast!
No matter if you are buying a used or new car, making sure you do your research will only help you in the long run. Good luck on your car buying journey!