5 Tips Before You Buy Your First Family Car


If you’ve ever felt like being an adult was just not what you hoped it would be, get ready for some even bigger surprises. When you were young with no care in the world, very few things mattered to you during your car purchase. Number one on your list of must haves was probably a reasonable price. But as an adult with a family, there are many things to consider before picking a car. Jumia Car has put together a guide to help you with your search for the perfect car for you and your family.

Plan Ahead

Before rushing off to the car dealerships, it’s important to have an open line of communication between you and your partner. Whether your future includes one, two or three kids, this is the time to begin having those conversations before buying a new car. Spending money on a mini-van is a waste when eventually you end up only having one child. Conversely, buying that sleek convertible for just you, your spouse and your new born may seem like a great idea, but imagine having to buy a bigger car in two years if  two more kids come along! Although plans are just plans and anything can happen, it’s great to have a basic idea of what you want. Speaking to friends and family who have had the experience of purchasing a family car and weigh all your options.

Do Your Research 

Once you have a clear idea of what your family car needs are, it’s time to compile your ideal list of cars you are interested in. Minivans are the quintessential family car while cars like hatchbacks are great for smaller families. Whatever your need, there are a variety of body styles to pick from when searching for your family car. Use Jumia Cars search tool to help you narrow your search based on lifestyle. It is also advisable to begin thinking about your budget. Figuring out how much you can truly afford on a new family car will save you the stress and time of looking at cars that are not in your budget. Remember to include cost of car insurance in your budget.


First Hand Investigation

Becoming a parent truly changes your life. Your days are often filled with baby hugs and cuddles and a car filled with soft toys for entertainment. When picking a family car, consider the fact that you’ll need some serious trunk space to transport all the bulky baby gear such as a stroller, portable crib and more. Safety is also a big category to consider before making a decision. The general rule of thumb is to look out for cars that cover crash tests. If you’re still on the fence about if all this truly matters, maybe you read our post on why you need car seats.

Get On The Open Road 

At this stage of your car search, you should have a solid idea of what you want. Now is the time to go to the dealership to see your list of cars in person. If you’re able to test-drive the car you’re interested in, we suggest you go for it. We also advise doing this on the same roads for an even playing field. You should be able to narrow down your options based on your test drive.

Head Back To Jumia Car 

A little more research never hurt nobody! Now that you’ve really narrowed down your search after test-driving, it’s time to do some research on the different dealerships. Search on Jumia Car to see the deals offered by different dealerships on the cars of your choice. Whether you’re interested in a small car, mini van or even a sports car, you can begin your car search on Jumia Car by contacting  us.



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