Buying a new car {with kids}

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My husband and I just bought a new vanĀ about two weeks ago. It was time. I had been driving the same oneĀ for about 8 years and IĀ was ready for Ā a change.

When I was looking into what I wanted in a car, I went back and re-read my Dadā€™s book about buying a car & getting a great deal (he has the best tips!). I do a lot of research for everything. I researched the schools before we moved, I researched preschool, I researched jobs, I researched car-seats and I researched cars.

Here are 5 things to look into when buying a new car:

1- How long has the brand been around?
Take a look at your car brand and see how long it has been around. Ā Go for one with a great track record.

2- Do you know anyone that has this car?
I always like to ask real people for their opinions. Do they like it? Has it lasted? Have they had any issues?

3- Did it pass crash tests?
Check out the crash tests- you want a car that has great safety ratings for kids in the back seat. Ā This is the most important thing to me.

4- Does it have features that you want?

I wanted a rear seat entertainment system this time around. We travel quite a bit, so having this just makes it SO much easier to go on long trips. I felt like it was a little extravagant, but one time someone told me ā€œYou pay for convenienceā€ and in this case- it was worth it! Ā  It was hard to spend the extra money on this, but so worth it to me!

5- Do you love to drive it?

You have to be comfortable, so remember to take it for a test drive before making any final decisionsā€¦ and then give it 24 hours to think about it before making the purchase! (I do this with any BIG financial decisions!)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Volvo Cars of North America. The opinions and text are all mine.

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