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A few months after we bought our first house almost 10 years, we bought a new to us car a Honda Civic. It was only 3 years old and at the time offered us very thing we wanted. Something a bit bigger to fingers cross start a family with. I loved that car, even after my Hubby went to buy a brand new car a few years later, I kept my Honda Civic. Until about 4 weeks ago when at 12 years old my car needed to be upgraded.
Looking for a new car isn’t always easy, it can be a minefield of choices, make, model, colour, engine size and the list goes on. For the last few years I have been wanting a 7 seater car, we only have two children and no plans to expand our family beyond having nieces and nephews. I am a bit particular about car seats, and I also don’t really like the children sitting in the front seat of the car, I’m not sure why but just don’t. So I felt that with a 7 seat car it would mean I am able to invite the children’s friends out with us, while still ensuring that can have a proper car seat and also not have to sit in the front.
What I looked for when buying my car…
When it came to looking for a new car, I already knew that I wanted a 7 seat car, which really narrowed down my options. We had a budget to work too, which I also knew wouldn’t stretch to a new car, but would get something less than 2 years old.
I really don’t know to much about cars, so the Hubby and I discussed what we wanted from our new family car.
- 7 seats
- bluetooth contection
- low road tax
- dark colour – no red, no white,
- high spesification
- parking sensors
- amazing condition
- less than 2 years old
With this criteria for a new car, we started our search. I test drive a couple of different cars, a Toyota Verso and a Kia Carens.
My Hubby currently has a Kia Sportage, which he loves, we bought it from new almost 5 years ago and it has so far been a brilliant car. It was the Carens that first made me want a 7 seat car, really spacious and doesn’t look like a mini bus. However, new they were really quite over our budget and when we first looked they only had a white used one and one that was already 4 years old which wasn’t what we wanted.
The Verso we both really liked, we owned a Toyota Yaris a few years ago and loved it. The car garage was what let the Verso down. When we first went to look at the cars, we sat down discussed our needs and our budget. After we had test driven a brand new one, having been told about various different schemes being ran that it would fail within our budget. When it came down to it, they couldn’t match our budget and we walked out. I was so unhappy with the service, that I would now never go back there.
Luckily after walking out of the Toyota garage we popped back over to Kia, who had just taken delivery of a black Carens, top of the range, diesel car that was as only 15 months old and within budget…. yay! We test drove it, loved it and bought it within about 30 minutes of visiting the garage.
A month later I still love the car, it’s fabulous to drive and now the colder weather is setting in the heated seats are something I wouldn’t be without.
What do you look for when buying a new car?