I am currently in the process of finding a new SUV to replace my current 2014 Chevrolet Equinox LT. Finding the perfect family vehicle is not easy, especially when there are so many things to look for like safety features and price points. It does not help that there are so many car brands out there, too. As you can imagine, with all of these variables it is pretty hard to make a decision. There is one place that car buyers just like me can use as a resource that can make shopping for a new family car easy: Cars.com.

Next to a home, purchasing a car is probably one of the largest purchases you will ever make; therefore, it is important you are making the right decision on the car you are choosing. Using Cars.com while in the process of shopping for your new or new-to-you family vehicle allows you to become an informed car buyer, which car dealers dislike. We have all heard horror stories about car dealerships taking advantage of a car buyer because they did not know anything about the car buying process, and you do not want to be one of them. Using Cars.com to research will allow you to visit a dealer and walk out with the perfect family car you want at the price you want.

Listed below are things you should do while shopping for a new family car that can be done on Cars.com.

Research and compare vehicles

When purchasing a car, it is important to research the vehicle.  Not all vehicles are made equal. Some warranties are better, some parts can cost more, some have better safety features. Find local car dealers/sellers and see who has the best deal for the car or SUV you want to purchase

Calculate loan or lease payments

You never want to spend over your budget. The cars.com website allows you to calculate your loan payments before deciding to purchase the vehicle. This way you know ahead of time if you are about to buy more car than you can afford.

Research your current car’s trade-in value.

On Cars.com you can find how much your car is worth, trade it in or even sell it. Knowing what it is worth before trading it in gives you the upper hand when shopping for a new family car at a dealership.

Shopping for a new family car does not have to be hard, especially if you do your research, have a set budget. Visit cars.com before shopping, and walk into the dealer knowing what you are talking about. Now that I am an educated car buyer, I cannot wait to use what I have learned to purchase my new SUV. Stay tuned to see what our new family car will be.

How do you prepare when shopping for a new family car?


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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Tiffany Heard

    I think this is a great idea. It so true going on a car lot only allows you to look at the shiny new car. it does not provide details such as the price, loan etc. Shopping online allows you to compare, contrast and to take your time. Sometimes I think we buy the first car we see without searching for the best deal.

  • Cool! What are you thinking of getting?

  • Oh yeah? That’s good to know. What advice can you give to other people using the site?

  • Tomiko Harvey

    Actually my husband is looking for a car now so I’m going to forward him this post.. he has an old ass Honda Accord and it’s on its last leg! This post was right on time

    • I am crying at “…old ass Honda Accord” Honda people go hard for their cars. What is he thinking about getting?

  • Kristin Kimble

    Great post! I’ve been contemplating trading in my car since I drive for my job and I have racked up over 100,000 miles in 4 years. Crazy! I will definitely take look at the site!

    • OMG that’s a lot of miles. What will you get?

      • Kristin Kimble

        I love Nissans…. so I’m looking to stick with them, just an upgrade of my Altima

  • Oh really? That’s good.

  • Their site is a really good resource.

  • My little Acura CSX is getting old and starting the rack up expensive repairs. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a new car. Why didn’t you like your 2014 Equinox?

    • Beauty and the Bump

      I actually like my Equinox. I like newer cars. I want heated leather seats, and steering wheel. I also want a 360 camera. My car is only a 4 cylinder but the horsepower sucks. That’s a bit of why

      • Oooh. I can get behind you totally with wanting a faster, more powerful car. While my Acura is “peppy”, I want something fast. Porsche-fast. LOL! I just need to win the lottery. Heated leather seats are the bomb, and I reviewed on my own blog and Lincoln MKZ sedan, which had a heated, massage steering wheel. A HEATED, MASSAGE STEERING WHEEL. *drops to knees, prays to God for $68,700*

        • Parts of me wants a sports car, but I love to sit up high. I am modest. I would take a Camaro, Mustang or Audi A7

  • Eva

    Our Suburban is looking like it will be going into retirement soon. I am really dreading looking for a new car. Our search always begins online…

    • I hate looking for a new car too, but I also love a new car lol

  • LaQuisha Hall

    My hubby and I recently struggled a bit with finding and buying a car. This service sounds so useful and helpful.