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We are a two car household. With our jobs as they are, I can’t imagine how we’d make it as a one-car household. My husband and I also keep cars until we can’t possibly drive them one more time. A year ago, we knew we needed to upgrade one of our cars to accommodate our expanding family and we turned to cars.com to find just what we needed.
Many years ago, my husband’s car was on it’s last legs. He knew he wanted a Honda Fit, but the car was still fairly new to the US. He knew the features he wanted and that he wanted it used, and we miraculously found one. That was around 2010 and we didn’t have children. We purchased the car without test driving it or seeing it in person. We did our research online, managed to find the car in our state and had it delivered to a dealership in our city.
Fast forward a year, our first child was born and fitting the car seat in the Fit was fine, but a tight squeeze. It didn’t get better over time. My husband loved that car, but when we found out we were pregnant again, we knew there was no way we could fit two car seats into the Fit and still be comfortable (let alone safe.)
About three weeks before our daughter was due, we turned to cars.com to help us figure out what we wanted, and who in our area had the vehicle. We were looking at two different cars – two different brands. We also considered leasing the two cars from IntelligentCarLeasing.com instead of purchasing the cars outright, but we ultimately decided against it as we’d only ever bought cars in the past and needed more time to look into further but with only 3 weeks to go it just wasn’t the right time but it’s definitely something to be revisited in the future.
As we’d decided we were going to buy both cars instead of leasing this time we went back to Cars.com, their website made it easy to compare the make, model and different features. We wanted a certain year, mileage, a few different safety features, and even a specific color. My husband was taking care of test driving while I was at work, and while he loved the features on one car, the price couldn’t be beat on the second. From 20 miles away, I was able to do a quick search, tell him which dealership had what we wanted, and he drove down to test drive what would become our new family vehicle.
The website is a great tool when researching vehicles. It’s always good to go into a dealership with an idea of what you might want to test out, and have questions ready. Through cars.com, you can find reviews and specs on used and new cars and it makes the whole car-buying process a lot less stressful.
(A year later and it’s still tough to find the Honda CR-V that fall under our criteria, but there is at least one!)
I know we’re going to be in the market for another car (mine is almost 11 years old) and I feel confident we’ll be turning to cars.com again in the next year.
What do you look for in a vehicle?