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When Ryan and I first met he rocked up in a Hyundai Coupe. A car which couldn’t be more family unfriendly if it tried. Although it wasn’t so much a sports car it was built to look like one. Very small and only a 3 door. When it became clear that Ryan and I were in it for the long haul we decided to move Shaniah’s car seat permanently into his car. Before the car seat took over, he used to put his fishing kit in there for he’s a keen angler and attends quite a few fishing matches.

Ryan had struggled to fit the fishing kit in before but the struggles grew even more now that Shaniah has her car seat in there too!

After much thought, we decided that maybe it was time to say goodbye to the trusty coupe and get a bigger more practical car. One that would easily fit both his fishing kit and Shaniah’s car seat too.

Picking a new car wasn’t something Ryan could take lightly. After all, you can’t just go to a showroom and grab the first car you see can you? You’ve got to research a few, take a test drive, get a feel for the car you will be driving next.

Here are my top 5 tips that are bound to make your next purchase that little bit easier.

Work out your budget

When you know it is time to get your next car the first thing you need to do (after mentioning it to your other half) is to figure out what your budget is and stick to it! This may sound simple but it doesn’t half make things that little bit easier for you. Things to remember are: Monthly repayments (if you aren’t buying it out right), insurance, Road tax, petrol and more! You see, once you’ve bought your car it’s essentially a money pit!

Do your research!

Once you’ve figured out your budget it’s time to do some research! When Ryan was on the hunt for his car, he decided on a few things that

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