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3 Money-Saving Tips for Car-Shopping Parents

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Jon Acuff is a staff writer for AutoTrader.com.


Kids aren't that expensive, at first. When you initially come home with your bundle of joy, you won't immediately find a batch of new bills waiting. But the older kids get, the more stuff they seem to accumulate. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, as kids grow, so do your costs. A bouncy seat turns into a high chair turns into a stroller turns into a big-kid bed. Suddenly, without even trying, you have more expenses than you could have ever imagined.

How do you cut costs, especially when more kids and more stuff might mean getting a different car? Here are three money-saving tips to change the way you shop for a vehicle:

1.  Pay for what you need.

Quick Start: Build and price your own car with everything you need

2.   Walk through the week.

Quick Start: Compare cars side by side to see which one works for your family

3.  Think about maintenance.

Quick Start: Check out consumer reviews by researching models on AutoTrader.com

These are just a few of the many ways you can cut the cost of your next family vehicle. We also encourage you to balance the expense of being a parent with helpful tools like the payment calculator. After all, the more you can save on your car, the more you can spend on school clothes, sports gear, braces, college….

Maybe kids are pretty expensive after all.

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