Car Shopping 101: How to choose a family car

Car Shopping 101: How to choose a family car

Updated on April 23 2024

 Picking the right family car is one of the toughest decisions for any buyer.

There are so many different models out in the market. And like mobile phones, family cars are constantly being updated and improved. So how do you choose?

Let our expert team at Automart.PH show you some steps to make the process a lot easier.

1. Think about your needs

Are you looking for a van so that you can use your car for business, aside from family trips. Or do you want a sport-utility vehicle with good ground clearance and off-road prowess for weekend getaways?

Remember to focus on the things you need, rather than what the sales agent or brochure tells you. He or she might want you to pick something that won’t work for you. Rather, go for an automobile that ticks all the boxes in your checklist.

2. Research

Once you’ve gotten an idea of what sort of car you want, make sure that you look into all of the different makes and models that are available in the same class. Check out reviews online, such as the ones on the Automart.PH YouTube channel, before making a final decision.

3. Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it

In case you have a limited budget, consider getting a used car instead of a new one.

First of all, it is cheaper. Second, you have a bigger chance of getting your desired vehicle compared to the new models sold at a higher price.

And third, you have the option of adding upgrades and modifications to make your car comparable to the newest vehicles, all for a lower cost.

Whatever price you decide, stick to it and make sure that you get what you pay for.

4. Look at the safety features

One of the most important things that you must consider to succeed in any car shopping escapade is to look at the vehicle’s safety features.

Check crash test ratings, such as the ones released by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP), when choosing a family car. These tests help identify vehicles that are less likely to result in serious injury or death in the event of a road crash.

If you’re looking for a dependable supplier of quality used vehicles at the best prices, Automart.PH offers a wide selection of used cars at great prices, ranging from compact cars to pick-up trucks, that suit your needs.

And if you’re looking for the finest used cars, check out Automart.PH Certified Used Vehicles. These are restored until they feel like new again. They also come with a three-day money-back guarantee and, for Gold Certified units, a one-year warranty or 10,000Km warranty.

Automart.PH Senior Content Creator VJ Bacungan and Content Creator Kyle Liong contributed to this story.