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One thing that pretty much every family needs is a car. A good, reliable vehicle that can get your family members from point A to point B safely. This can be a major decision that you don’t want to get wrong, so here are a few tips that I have learned while searching for the perfect vehicle for my family.

Create A Must Have List

Somethings in a car can be negotiable – but everyone has those few things that they want in a car. For me, since I live in Upstate New York, heated seats and remote starter are at the top of my list. We don’t have a garage and it sure makes life easier to get my little ones out of the house when I can start the car and warm it up from inside my home. For music lovers, a powerful speaker system might be a must have. If you have a large family, it just might be cargo space that you are after. In the research section of cars.com, you can compare cars to see which ones feature your must haves!

Consider Quality

For me, one of the most important things about a car is not the features – but it’s quality. A car is something that should be reliable. If you have to continuously replace parts to keep it running, it just won’t be worth it. As good idea is to check J.D. Power Initial Quality ratings on vehicles, so that you know you are getting a good deal.

Read Reviews

Once you have narrowed down your must haves, your price range, and the quality of car you would like to purchase, search for reviews online. It is always a good thing to know what people have thought of the vehicles they have owned and driven. Yes, everyone has different needs and wants, but this will help you get an idea of what cars were liked most by their owners.

Search For A Local Dealership

Once you know what car you are looking for, head to cars.com and search for all local dealerships with a few clicks of a button. It really is as simple as that. Select the car, or even the brand, you are shopping for and cars.com will show you all of the cars that are available near you. They will even go so far as tell you if it is a good deal or a great deal. You can search for new, used, or certified pre-owned vehicles. Be sure to test drive the car when you get there to make sure it is exactly what you want.

What Are Your Car Buying Tips?

The opinions expressed here are that of Mama’s Geeky only. While the products in this post were given complimentary (unless otherwise stated) for me to review, that does not alter my opinion of the product(s) mentioned. This post may contain sponsored links and affiliate links.