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  • Queen of sgForums
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    • The quest to finding the right car is never an easy affair. Much like a vacation, careful planning and research is required before purchasing your very first family four-wheeler. But to help make that decision a little easier, we’ve compiled six vital tips to help you find out which vehicle best complements your family’s needs.


      Type of vehicle

      A family car is more than just a vehicle—it’s a comfort chamber, an amusement park, a grocery mule, a moving diner and a protective metal bubble. Whether you’re looking for a hatchback for extra storage, or a spacious 6-seater to transport your kids to school. The goal is figuring out what best suits you and your family, because as much as we love the sleek look of convertibles, coupés and child seats simply don’t mix.

      How big is your boot

      Depending on how much space you need, your family car should have plenty of storage space for the stroller, your week’s groceries, and even the family dog! SUVs and hatchbacks offer great storage potential for all your shopping sprees. Foldable backseats are another way of instantly increasing your boot space. Look to invest in vehicles that offer storage solutions like this.

      Safety first

      Looking for a safe and reliable ride should always be at the top of the list. Cars these days are often equipped with state-of-the-art safety features and electronic driving aids that guide you on the road. Side-curtain airbags and a 5-star Safety Rating is also a MUST when ensuring the safety of your loved ones and cargo.

      Comfort and convenience

      Whichever car you go for, you’ll want it to give you and your family a smooth and comfortable ride.

      Does it come with enough leg room? Is there limited head space? Are your kids bouncing off their seats every time you run over a speed bump? These are all important questions to ask yourself before making your purchase.

      Convenience is another factor parents should consider—especially when you’ve got your squirming toddler in one arm and a heavy bag of groceries in the other! Simple conveniences like automatic doors or hands-free liftgates can make all the difference in your daily routine.

      What about family-friendly features?

      Examine the layout of the vehicle’s interior to ensure there is ample room for multiple child car seats, find out what material the seats are made of — and more importantly, if it would be easy for clean ups. Having power sockets for charging or even an onboard DVD player will definitely keep the kids occupied and in their seats on the way to grandma’s.

      Think green

      More car trips means spending more money on fuel and more CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.   Save money (and the environment) by choosing a car that can give you the best mileage per litre. Opting for a more efficient fuel like Caltex with Techron® can also help improve your car’s performance and give your engine better protection. Click to find out more!

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  • Khim8's Avatar
    1 post since Aug '17
  • Simoneking312's Avatar
    1 post since Sep '17
    • useful, And choosing the leather seat cover vehicle will be much better than the cloth one. 


      I purchased toyota Rav4 Se hybrid last week, this is my 3nd car I have been purchsed. but the first one have leather seat cover, the feeling is exactly different.


      Edited by FireIce 27 Sep `17, 10:53AM
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  • Stellapike's Avatar
    1 post since Sep '17
    • Yes FireIce, these are the most important points which we should consider before buying family car, doesn't matter that is first or second. I suggest to also read reviews and get feedback from others. This will helps to take your decision very easily and fast.


      Edited by FireIce 28 Sep `17, 12:39PM
  • Trailatlas17's Avatar
    10 posts since Oct '17
    • Nice, I also consider looking for a reliable aftermarket sites for parts like 4WheelOnline.

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    1 post since Nov '17
  • lce's Avatar
    2,464 posts since Jun '11
    •  4-wheeler is a 4x4 . 

      a family car should has a boot to take the impact from any accident from the rear unless you r buying a SUV. 

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    2 posts since Oct '17
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