6. Car running costs
As well as the down payment for the car itself, it is important to factor in ongoing costs toward maintaining your vehicle, and factoring this into your overall purchase.
This can include any loan repayments, ongoing registration costs, insurance, the cost to service an EV or a petrol car, ongoing repair charges, tyre costs, weighing up the costs between fuel or EV charging, and the overall purchase price.
Technology can make a big difference in the driving experience for both you and your family.
For the driver, you may wish to investigate a family vehicle with features that enhance your on-road experience, such as Bluetooth connectivity for playing tunes on an Aussie road trip, navigation systems to get you to your destination, embedded entertainment systems for the kids, or a dash cam in case of any collision or on road issue.
You may also want to consider advanced technological safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, and automatic emergency braking when making your family car purchase.
8. Style and design
While not as important as safety and functionality, style and design can still play a role in your decision for the car that gets you from A to B, especially if you have teenagers who already would prefer you drop them around the block.
Are you looking for a brand new car that is cheap and reliable? Or would you prefer a used car that is underrated and more affordable?
Maybe this is the big family purchase, and you’d prefer a new spacious SUV fresh on the market to drive for years to come, or you want a new EV with the latest features and technology.
If in budget, look for cars that fit your personal style and preferences, and consider factors like colour, size, interiors, materials, space, functionality, accessories, and overall design.