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Picking the Best Used Car for Your Family

When it comes to choosing the best used Toyota or other vehicle for your family, it’s crucial that you do your research! It doesn’t matter whether you select a used Toyota car, van, SUV, or truck – so long as your selection is right for you. Here are four areas you should research thoroughly before shopping for your next family vehicle.

Size. You want your ride to be comfortable for everyone involved, so vehicle size matters! Not only should you take into account how many people it can seat, but consider the storage space as well – especially if you regularly cart around bulky items like strollers and playpens. Before you sign on any dotted lines, test drive the vehicle and be sure everything fits (for example, you may want to strap car seats in, if applicable). In addition, look for a vehicle with flexible seating and storage options, like a backseat that folds down.

Flexibility. Remember, just because you have a family doesn’t mean you want your vehicle to be a mom-mobile only. Consider a used Toyota SUV or other vehicle that’s practical for a family but nice enough for date night too.

Safety. When you have a family, you’re not just driving – you’re hauling precious cargo. That means safety features should be a prime consideration in which vehicle you choose. Does the car have airbags in all the right places? What about backup cameras or a LATCH restraint system for car seats? What does the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have to say about the vehicle’s crash test performance? If safety truly is a main concern, think about getting a newer used vehicle, since it will have the latest technology.

Affordability. No matter what vehicle you buy, of course you want to choose one that you can afford! But don’t merely think about upfront costs – also consider the cost of other factors, such as gas, repairs, and insurance. Typically, the larger the vehicle (cylinder-wise), the lower the fuel efficiency. Consider how to balance your family’s needs with your budget restrictions.
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