Find the Car For Your Travel Style at NYIAS
Since adding a child to our family we’ve starting thinking more about the car we drive. We need a much tougher, more durable car than when it was just two of us because it gets put through much more than it used to.
Our First Family Car
When we bought our Toyota Matrix right after Tiny Traveler was born we paid attention to safety ratings and bought a four-door car for the first time because we cared about a roomy backseat. That car has survived bouts of car sickness, melted crayons, hundreds of crushed Goldfish crackers, spilled drinks and windows left open in the rain. We’ve put it through miles of road trips on muddy winter roads and dusty, rutted country roads and in heavy summer rains. And we’ve parked in several cities where no one thinks twice about kissing your bumper while parallel parking.
Our Next Family Car
Having lived with our Matrix for ten years we know better what we would look for in our next family car. Of course, we want a car for more road trips in all kinds of weather, on all kinds of roads. A high safety rating and roomy back seat are a given. We’d also look for easy to clean seats, a roomy trunk, excellent gas mileage and strong marks for general sturdiness. It can’t be too big for easy city-street parking. Blue tooth for iTunes and extra outlets for recharging phones and tablets would seal the deal.
Real and Wishful Shopping At the NY Auto Show
We like going to the New York International Auto Show every year because it’s a chance to view plenty of options for the practical car we actually need, say a Toyota RAV4 or Prius V or a Mazda CX-5.
We also window shop for the less practical or more luxurious cars we won’t be buying right now, and to think about the trips we might take in them. It’s easy to imagine us traveling down the California coast in a sporty Toyota 86GT or taking in New England fall foliage in a Genesis G80 sport. I’d enjoy driving a Mazda CX-5 along the snowy winter roads of Lake Tahoe or putting the top down on a Mazda Miata during a trip through sunny Florida.
Alas, those cars will probably have to wait until it’s just two us again, with no crayons or Goldfish crackers in the back seat.
Getting Ready to Buy
The Auto Show is great for seeing a wide range of cars and getting ideas, with absolutely no pressure to buy. When you’re actually ready to test drive and buy consider checking out *AutoGravity, a phone and desktop app that has some great features to help busy parents shop for and finance a new (or new to you) car.
AutoGravity, a company that aims to simplify car financing through a smart phone app. AutoGravity can make it easy to secure financing once you’ve found the car of your dreams.
The app can help you shop for cars you’re interested and point you to nearby dealers. It estimates the monthly payments over different lengths of time given typical current rates. And it even allows you to apply for financing, receive offers from up to four providers and get pre-approval. So you can walk into a showroom knowing exactly how much car you can afford.
Visit The Auto Show: Two Giveaways!
If you want to do your own auto shopping —real or aspirational—The New York International Auto Show takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC from Friday, March 30th through Sunday, April 8th.
1. Giveaway At the Auto Show: Anyone who visits the Auto Show has the opportunity to win fantastic prizes from *A Girls Guide to Cars! They are giving away an Apple Watch, a Kate Spade Smart Watch, B&O Play headphones, an Amazon Echo, and Echo Dots.
Enter to win by snapping a photo of you with an auto from a participating brand: Toyota, Mazda, or Genesis. Then post the pic on social media using the hashtag #NYIASGetSocial. Every photo with the hashtag qualifies as an entry to win!
2. Win Free Tickets To The Auto Show: A Girls Guide to Carsis giving away 9 pairs of tickets to the New York Auto Show along with a grand prize of 2 tickets plus a $150 gift card. The grand prize winner could be you!
Enter here to win a free pair of tickets!
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