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Hello peeps, how have you been doing? Hope you are doing really well- in health and spirit. I have been missing in action for quite some time. I had back to back functions. Also, the preparation of the mundan ceremony and the cake smash photoshoot of Baby S took good amount of time and energy. Having completed both of them, I thought to take out some time and write on something really important. We went through it very recently and I really hope our experience helps you.
You know, my husband loves cars. And more so, he loves compact cars for the ease of parking and maneuvering. Till date, we have always had those small hatchbacks. He finds them cozy and comfortable. I had no qualms with the hatchbacks because somewhere even I found them really cute. But a child brings in a lot of change in the way you think!!!! The same happened to us. The moment Baby S started weaning, we had to carry loads of bags. Diaper Bag, Food Bag, Pram, etc. etc. even while going out for a few hours to the mall. And all these things wouldn’t fit in our hatchback. Okay! To be honest it did fit, but then, Pram had to be kept in the backseat which would mean no third person can travel with us. Also it obstructed the rear view. Plus when baby S sleeps during journey I prefer the back seat because of the space it provides. I can make her lie down on seat or maybe fold my legs and make her sleep on my lap.
So for the aforementioned issues, finally we decided to purchase a new car. My hubby again was of the view that we should purchase a hatchback only, maybe a little big in size as compared to the present one (Trust me! The parking woes) and so the search began. This time our priority had changed. Along with the other requirements, the point of focus was that we needed a family car – a perfect family car. I was very clear that without getting proper reviews I am not going ahead with the car. And that was when I stumbled upon cars.com And I cannot be more grateful to this website. It so helped me in zeroing my perfect family car. Hubby Happy, Baby Happy and Me Happy.
You know the market is flooded with cars. And a novice can get really overwhelmed with the kind of choices available. We had set a few guidelines for us. First, of course, had to be budget. Now, cars.com helps you sort cars based on your budget. Just put in the maximum price you are willing to pay and you have the list available. Having a list of cars suiting our budget helped us focus instead of our search ending in something that we cannot afford.
Next came the safety. With a kid in the car, safety was non-negotiable. Air bags had to be there, not only in the front but behind as well. Cars.com had this amazing feature of comparing cars alongside. So within an eyeshot we could exclude cars which did not meet our safety requirement. This feature made it so easy for us to shorten our list.
Then came something which I was rooting for. Space. With a kid this is really needed. I mean, you need to carry so much. And I am kind of super worrying type of mom (not that I am proud about it). So I generally pack stuffs which would never be needed but I feel relaxed. Hence, the car had to have a good bonnet which could accommodate my luggage (he he). Here, the reviews came in really handy. So many people had reviewed the cars that without even seeing the car physically we could understand what it would be like. How much space would it have? How much space would be there in the backseat which is also very important? Thus, we shortlisted a few cars from the leftover list.
My husband wanted style. The pictures available on the site helped us. Of course, we could see the pictures on the search engine as well. This department was completely handled by my husband as he is obsessed with looks and I with utility. Finally, after so much of research and help from cars.com we were able to shortlist a couple of cars. We went to check them physically before making the final decision.
Cars.com really helped us in our 4S’s – Savings (Budget), Safety, Space and Style and in this busy life made our work quite easier just on a click. I would highly recommend this website to everyone planning to buy a car. You will make a much more informed decision.
What do you think is your idea of a perfect family car? Do share with me in the comments below. Would love to know your views.
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