Im­por­tant choice

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bud­get and never buy a sec­ond-hand re­straint as you don’t know its his­tory," RACQ spokesman Steve Spald­ing says.

Fuel econ­omy is also im­por­tant, but don’t go for diesel un­less you do a lot of long-dis­tance driv­ing or cover more than 30,000 kilo­me­tres a year.

VE­HI­CLE SE­LEC­TION

No short­cuts: When­the cargo is this pre­cious­new con­sid­er­a­tions come into play when buy­ing a car Com­pact SUVS rate highly for young mums be­cause they have good safety rat­ings, good ac­cess and a com­mand­ing driv­ing po­si­tion. But they can be hard to park.

A lot of small cars now come with five-star safety rat­ings and have three child an­chor points across the back, but may not nec­es­sar­ily fit three cap­sules.

Neale says ease of driv­ing and park­ing are es­sen­tial.

They’re im­por­tant in any car, but this is an as­pect many peo­ple wouldn’t con­sider when buy­ing a car. Nar­row down your choice to two or three and drive them all with the kids in the back,’’ she says.

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