It’s funny how things change isn’t it? This is a picture of me with my first and second cars. The first one suited me so well that I bought a slightly newer model for my second car. These days they wouldn’t suit quite so well, although nothing I’ve driven since has quite matched them in terms of the sheer fun of driving.
These days my car has to the ideal family car. We are a one car household, so our vehicle has to do everything we need a car to do. It has to be big enough to transport the three of us around comfortably. That’s easy enough. It needs to be big enough to accommodate the monthly big shop. That takes a bit more doing as a reasonable boot size is needed. In the past we have had considerations like fitting in a buggy, but nowadays it’s more about fitting in our luggage when we go on holiday.
Then there are the occasional uses. The times when you need to carry something a bit bigger home. This usually happens a couple of times a year for us. We find ourselves heading to Ikea and needing to fit a large item of flat pack furniture into the car. This means it’s time to fold the seats down and often we need to leave H with my parents to free up space in the back. I guess we could have things delivered if we had a smaller car, but it’s convenient to have a reasonable sized car for trips to the local tip and the like too.
That said, I much prefer to drive a smaller car. Generally, they are more fun to drive I find and they are easier to park or get in and out of tight spots. They’re often more efficient for fuel costs and sometimes have lower car tax rates too. So for us the ideal family car has to be a compromise: the smallest car that will meet our transportation needs.
Buying a family car is a huge expense. We considered replacing our family car after our horrific Boxing Day breakdown this year. In the end we decided to repair it, but that might not have been the best solution as the MOT was costly this year too. Maybe we should have looking into getting some personal loan to let us buy a new car and it might have been best to have got a personal loan to let us buy a new car. For now though we are saving up hard because I don’t think it will be that long before we have to make the decision to change.