Not too long ago, the words "sedan" and "minivan" conjured up images of ... well ... someone else—anyone else—just not you. That seems to have changed recently. Funny how a very small child can make you long for a very big car.
Here are some things to consider, including child car safety, when buying a bigger vehicle:
Before you invest in a monster-size SUV or wander aimlessly around a car lot, make a checklist to separate your wants from your needs.
Then do some online comparisons for child car safety, eco-friendliness and cost. Sites like Consumer Reports or the parent-friendly Mother Proof can help.
If you're in the market for a used vehicle, check the Kelly Blue Book site for used-car values to make sure you're getting a fair deal. And if used-car salespeople make you shudder, consider shopping a car lot like CarMax, where haggling is not an option. (Bonus: You can shop CarMax online while the baby's napping!)
And never fear: You can always get a sports car later. (Midlife crisis not required.)
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