Shopping For A New Car

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Shopping For A New Car

When my boss told me that he needed me to shop for some fleet vehicles for our business, I thought I would be getting a well-deserved break from work. Unfortunately, the task quickly snowballed into a giant ordeal. In addition to finding a dealer that we could trust, I also didn't really know how to decide between makes and models. However, after a lot of research, I was able to narrow down my choices. I was able to find a group of cars that our salespeople could drive comfortably, and it really helped our business to branch out. This blog is all about shopping for new cars, and how to avoid some of the more common pitfalls.


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If you have a large family, you will need a vehicle that will transport everyone at the same time. This typically means that you will have the choice of a minivan or a sports utility vehicle. If you are trying to decide between which type of car you can get there are some conventional ways to select. There are also some unconventional questions that you should ask yourself. Here are some unconventional ways to choose between a minivan and an SUV. 

Will everyone drive the minivan?

Some people dislike driving minivans due to the lack of the cool factor that they believe the car lacks. If you have a spouse, household help, or children who have their driver's license ask if anyone else would be willing to drive the minivan when necessary. The reason why you want to take this into account is because there are times when you may be tired or busy and need to send someone else out on the errand or to do a school pickup. You want to be sure that you are able to get volunteers to drive instead of having to convince someone to drive.

Are the roof and trunk big enough for your needs?

SUVs and minivans seem to have similar trunk spaces due to the three rows in each of these cars. There are sometimes differences in how wide and deep the trunk is for each minivan and SUV. Bring a small tape measure with you when looking at vehicles to determine the width, depth, and length of the trunk. If you tend to go on vacations or if you must stash a lot in the trunk of your car for extracurricular activities, get the model that allows extra junk in the trunk. Don't forget to measure the top of the vehicle also if you tend to carry sporting equipment on the roof of the car. 

Are all seats built the same?

It is not unlike kids to fight over the good seat. if some seats have extra armrests or more window viewing space, your kids may fight over the "prime seating" causing you to be late to some events. Go with the SUV or minivan that offers standard seating with the same area for each level of seats. The longer the seats, the better. The car with easy-to-get-to, comfortable seats will make getting out of the door and to events easier. It will also make it easier to carry around friends of your children when you are expected to carpool. 

If you're interested in learning more about SUVs or minivans, consider contacting your local Toyota dealer.