How to Choose the Right Used SUV for A Family: 4 Tips

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So you decided that you want a new or used SUV in Phoenix. You like everything about this kind of vehicle and it has always been your dream car. But you worry about the implications of buying the car of your dreams. After all, a car would cost you at least $36,800 when new.

For that reason, you may be willing to buy one used. But even used cars can cost you as much as $20,000. But there is an issue. You still don’t know whether you will be getting a vehicle that is suited to your family’s needs. So, how should you go about it? What should you bear in mind?

1. Safety features

As far as your loved ones are concerned, you need to put each member’s safety first by thinking of an SUV’s safety features. If you have small children, you must think about child safety seats. Would they be compatible with the used SUV you need to buy? Are the tether points present?

You also need to think of airbags. Does your SUV of choice have airbags that deploy easily? Is the emergency brake in good working order? What about blind-spot monitoring? Will your car light up on the side mirror if there is a vehicle on your blind spot?

These are the questions to ask and find appropriate answers to if you are shopping for a family car. It’s the only way to ensure that you will be getting a car that is safe enough to drive your loved ones.

2. Size of the car

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How big is the SUV that you intend to buy relative to the size of your family? If you intend to have more children you need to think about the future needs of your family. Will everyone fit comfortably or would you need to buy a new car in the future?

You also need to consider the size of the SUV relative to the things you will be carrying as a parent. Prams and car safety seats do take up quite a bit of space. It’s important that you have a vehicle that will accommodate these things so that everything fits and is safely secured. And that includes having a decent-sized boot.

3. Special needs

If you have a member of your family that has a physical disability, you need to consider their needs too. So, can the SUV of your dreams accommodate a wheelchair or crutches? Or will you struggle to fit in everything when the entire family is in the car? It’s better to buy one expensive used SUV that accommodates everyone – even those with special needs – rather than be forced to buy a second car when you don’t have to.

4. Practicality

Just how practical is your SUV? Are the vehicle seats adaptable in such a way that everyone will be comfortable? When you think about your family dynamics, do you think the SUV you intend to buy will work for everyone?

If you intend to spend a lot of time in the outdoors in Phoenix, do consider how well your SUV will be able to withstand the wear and tear of Arizona’s driving conditions. Was it designed for what you want to use it for? Can you fit in all your camping gear in there? Is there a rack at the top for all the excess stuff you need? What about the fabric of the seats? If you have young children you need to think about how easy it is to clean the fabric of the car seats because they will get very dirty, very often.

Your stay in Phoenix could be much more enjoyable if you have an SUV that can get you, your loved ones, and all your stuff from point A to B comfortably and safely. Buying used is always a good idea. But in the end, you need to think about what your needs as a family are. So, do due diligence first before buying the vehicle of your dreams.

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