In light of my recent vehicle catastrophes, I thought it might be relevant to discuss purchasing a vehicle for family travel.
The vehicle we had to replace isn’t actually the one we use for family travel. This car is actually my husband’s work vehicle. My primary vehicle is a Yukon and this is also the one we use when going on our family vacations.
When selecting the Yukon, my husband and I had travel at the forefront of our thoughts. Initially, we wanted to get a Yukon XL because it has more storage space in back. The only reason we wanted this feature, however, was because of vacations. After much discussion, my husband and I decided that this would actually be cumbersome for day-to-day driving and we would just get a cargo carrier if we needed more space.
When shopping for a family vehicle that would also serve as our family vacation vehicle, we had many things that we kept in mind. These include:
- Durability/ease of cleaning
- Having a DVD system installed
- Good for vacations and for day-to-day living
- Able to meet all of our vacation needs, including towing
We actually had a minivan before purchasing the Yukon. I am not really a fan of mini-vans because I don’t really care for the way they look. But, it worked out well when the twins were young. Now that they are five, we decided I could go back to having an SUV without much trouble. This is great because we like to ride ATVs and we have a trailer to tow them. So, we can now easily take them on vacation with us if we like. In the future, we might get a boat as well. Having towing capabilities will be handy for this too.
For me, having the DVD system was a must. In the minivan, I had purchased an add on system but didn’t much care for it. With the Yukon, the system is built in. I much prefer this system because it is higher quality and the kids get good sound from the car speakers.
Regardless of what you are in the market for, be sure to do your homework to make sure you get a great deal. We prefer purchasing slightly used vehicles because you don’t have to pay the new car sticker price but you can still get a car that is in great shape. Check out the Kelly Blue Book value beforehand to make sure you aren’t overpaying and look at many dealers to make sure you get exactly what you want.