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I am looking to purchase a new car when mine is paid off in September 2017. That gives me just over a year to figure out what type of car I want, what works for our family, and get all of my ducks in a row. While we have 3 children, which is not a large family by any standards, it does seem that families of our size (and larger) are no longer the target audience of most auto manufacturers. I want to prove that belief wrong and feature a variety of vehicles that could meet our family’s needs.
What’s Your Dream Car?
Once upon a time, that was a really easy question to answer. My dream car is still a ’69 Camaro, and I love the ’72 Maverick, but let’s be honest, a muscle car as an everyday driver for a mom of 3 isn’t going to cut it. Someday I’ll own one, and then you can find me on the antique & classic car show circuit, but until then, I need to be realistic.
I’m 6′ tall so my first priority is leg room. The last time I shopped for a new car, having a tilt steering wheel wasn’t a standard feature. This is non-negotiable for me, especially since my husband is not the same height and prefers the steering wheel in an alternate position.
We have three children, and while most back seats can sit 3 across, I’d also like peace when I’m driving and not the crying and arguing that comes from, “he’s touching me.” We also really like family road trips, so something with a third row seat so we can have some room to groove would be ideal, and would keep us from needing a rental vehicle and that expense every time we want to go away.
So, now to start the year long test drive. I could walk into any dealership and get a regular test drive with one of their employees riding shotgun giving me the sales pitch for the 15 minutes I drive their vehicle, and then I have to go through the sales pitch multiple times even if I am only looking at this stage of the game. That’s not fair to the sales reps, because I’m not buying a vehicle today, and I can’t get a true sense of what a vehicle has to offer in only 15 minutes.
I’m trying to find local dealerships, as well as manufacturers and outside companies, that will allow me to have an extended test drive (roughly 1-2 weeks) in exchange for a review on my blog. My goal is to have this be a series over the next year (maybe a little longer) culminating with what vehicle our family has ultimately decided to purchase.
In addition, I have several conferences and big events I’m going to over the next year, and I would love to be able to share who my transportation sponsor is, and give them a little extra love across social media.
And for those of you who are also shopping for a new vehicle … What features are you looking for? What would you like to see in my reviews and videos?