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Being a single mom comes with challenges of its own and can be difficult. Maybe even a tad bit overwhelming. There are so many responsibilities that you need to tackle all by yourself without any helping hand.
Similarly, when you need to purchase a new car, there are a lot of things that need to be considered by you. This article will explain how to buy a car and help you make the right choice for yourself and your family.
Evaluate your preferences according to your lifestyle
Whenever you are purchasing a new car, think of what you would prefer in it, considering your lifestyle. Where would you be using it and how? In case your children go to school, you are going to be driving it around town, so you need to make sure that the vehicle gives you a comfortable drive.
If you are a soccer mom and go to a lot of play dates, get a car that is more spacious. Although SUVs are a great choice in such a situation, they might cost you a lot and if your budget is tight. You would want to consider a minivan instead.
You can also opt for a used car dealership to get a car for yourself.
It is very important to evaluate what features you want and need.
This is another aspect that can be crucial that you should be looking at very carefully. You need to consider all the elements that make a car secure, such as the breaks, the airbags, the seatbelts, and the tires.
Some people even prefer getting a car that is fluorescent in color, so it can easily be seen on the road (this is not my jam).
In case you live in an area where the weather gets really cold and snowy during the winters, evaluate the road conditions and get a vehicle that is safer to use during that time.
Despite the fact that most people love sports cars, many mothers prefer getting a car that has four doors, which is more secure and handy when it comes to loading the kids and throwing in groceries, etc.
It is very important to set a budget and get what you can afford. Evaluate how much you can spend on the car because that is not the only expense that you are going to come across, so make sure you do not spend all your savings on just one car.
Buy a car that you can afford easily. Don’t increase your expenses for no reason. You will have to spend on gas and insurance as well.
The wise thing to do is call your insurance company and ask them about the plan so you are mentally prepared as to how much you will be needing to spend.
Avoid involving your kids
Avoid taking your kids to the dealership because that will just add to the menace (you know what I mean).
They will not let you focus (no surprise there), which can lead to alleged wrong decisions during the purchasing process. Leave them with a sitter so you can shop in peace!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.