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How to choose the right family car to suit you and your budget

By Stephen Dobie for MadeForMums

Family life is busy enough without having to factor in replacing your car. But with household bills soaring and petrol prices spiralling, replacing your old family wagon with something newer, cleaner and more efficient might never have felt more urgent.

We suspect the last thing you want to be doing is ping-ponging from one used car forecourt to another, especially with kids to juggle along the way. Luckily Motorpoint is there to take the strain out of buying a car.

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You’ve a wealth of choice, with around 5,000 nearly new cars for sale online at any given moment. And with all makes and models together on the same forecourt, you can test drive several cars in one day without having to traipse from one place to another, with stores open 7 days a week. Perfect for slotting car shopping in around football practice, drama club or yet another birthday party.

Here are our tips to help you choose the right car for your family…

Do your research online

If you’re struggling for vital quality time with the kids, then forgo the forecourt altogether and choose your next car entirely from home. If you feel bombarded by the choice of seemingly endless makes and models, Motorpoint’s website features a live chat function, so helpful advice is never far away.

If you know which key features are most important to your family, you can search by those, prioritising things like body style or finance cost, or using tags such as ‘under £10k’ to make things simpler. Petrol, electric and hybrid power can be searched separately too.

Extra reassurance with Motorpoint’s price guarantee

Nobody likes to feel ripped off, especially when it’s tougher than ever to keep outgoings as low as possible. This is where Motorpoint’s price guarantee comes in. Find a car of the same spec, age and mileage elsewhere for a cheaper price and not only will Motorpoint refund the difference, but you’ll get a £50 Amazon voucher, too. It should take the pain out of buying and remove any fears about trying to haggle a lower price on a cold, blustery forecourt.

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Make delivery work for you

Lead times on new cars can vary wildly, which isn’t ideal if you’ve got a busy schedule of school runs and activities to keep up with. With used cars there’s less of a wait: buy your car online at Motorpoint and it can be delivered to your door Monday to Friday, it’s free of charge if the car is located at the Motorpoint store nearest your home. You’ll also get three days’ free insurance to give you plenty time to shop around for the cheapest cover, as well as a 14-day money-back guarantee to ensure you truly love the car you’ve ordered.

Alternatively you can reserve a car with a refundable £99 deposit; it’ll be held for seven days and once you arrive to take a closer look, you’ll often be able to drive it away the same day. Want to part exchange your old car, too? A competitive valuation can be done online before you even arrive at the store.

14-day returns, in case you change your mind

So, you’ve negotiated the research stage and secured the car of your family’s dreams. But it’d be easy to still feel nervous as you await ‘new car day’. With Motorpoint, there’s no need; you’ve got 14 days to make sure you’re head over heels with your new car and a full money-back guarantee if you’re not happy. If you feel your car isn’t right within the first seven days, Motorpoint will even come and pick it up from your door free of charge. Now that’s peace of mind.

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Lock everything into a fixed monthly cost

Balancing the family budget has never been more challenging, but that shouldn’t mean sacrificing quality or safety with the car you drive your most precious load around in. Nearly new cars offer modern tech and safety features at a smaller price than you’d pay brand new. And being able to buy your car on a fixed-rate finance deal – like Motorpoint offers – ensures you know exactly how much you’ll be paying.

Take a look at family-friendly cars like the Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Grandland and Citroen’s funky C3 Aircross, which are all available for under £200 a month and offer all the space and flexibility you need for a growing family.

All of the cars at Motorpoint are still under warranty cover and come with Motorpoint’s Quality Standard to make sure ‘new car day’ is as exciting as possible.

Stay protected after you’ve driven away

The last thing you want is to buy car and then be hit by a big mechanics bill a few months later when a fault occurs. There’ll be no MOT due for at least six months while tyres, bodywork and interior trim will be in fine fettle and with a full valet.

While the cars sold by Motorpoint have some of their original manufacturers’ warranty remaining, you can bolster your peace of mind with its Extended Warranty, which brings up to another 24 months of cover for all major components of the car and no cap on the labour cost if you do need to get something repaired.

There’s even breakdown cover included should the worst happen as well as insurance to cover the cost of any MOT failures and thus stop any scary, unexpected bills once your car is over three years old. Buying a second-hand car has never felt safer.

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