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    Default Cars & 4 kids what would u do?

    Hi

    I am pregnant with my 4th child we only have a 5 seater dual cab ute.

    We've saved money and prefer not to take out finance at this time.

    So we have not got a lot saved.

    My options are; a 99 model people mover with 148,000kms on it...

    Or I could get a mazda tribute 2003 model a lot newer 130,000kms on it.

    Means we would have to use two cars when dads home (he works away) my DD can ride in the front...

    What would u do???

    Are there any parents out there with 4 kids that manage with 2 five seater cars???

    Id love some help and advice

    I'm not going to get much for my money if I get a people mover

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    I have a cheap people mover, it's a Holden Zafira, 7 seater. I definitely vote for the people mover, having 5 seater means you won't be able to take an extra if your kids want a friend over etc... and taking 2 cars when Dad's home can be a huge hassle.

    I only have 2 kids, but my neighbours had 4 kids and 2 5 seaters and hated it.

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    We only have 3 kids but we were a one car family for 6 years. I can't imagine having to travel separately every time you wanted to go somewhere as a family...it would get really expensive with petrol and maintenance costs etc. plus what do you do when you want to go on holidays?
    I'd go the old people mover.

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    Keep looking around!
    Really the people mover sounds better for the age there are less KMs on it - it's only 18000 more than the newer one you mentioned and I think the "rule" or "average" is 15000-20000 per year?!
    I would definatly go a people mover! Look around more as I'm sure you will find something to suit you!
    We have 2 cars that suit our family one is a 2009 7 seater territory and the other is a 1998 8 seater landcruiser. I wouldn't have it any other way as we can all still be together go for drives as family when we decide to extend our family than bit more

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    If you don't mind me asking, how much do you have saved and how old are your kids?

    We are expecting our 4th in sept and, as luck would have it, i crashed my car when I was 9 weeks pregnant and had to get a new car anyway! We got a Kia carnival ($12,000) with 120000kms and I was suprised at the cheap cars around at the time.. I wasnt looking to spend much but my parents fortunately loaned us the money :-)

    I could never have got another sedan and had to use 2 cars for all of us to go anywhere.. It would drive me crazy..

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    I'd vote on the people mover. I've got 4 kids and a 7 seater car but recently had to drive my hubby 5 seater ute for a few days it was such a hassle..

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    OH gosh, I couldn't imagine having to split betweeen two cars, it's nice when we can all go places together on the weekends, etc. I vote the people mover, definitely. We have a Hyundai Imax (5 kids) and it is amazing.

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    I found a Mazda for 6k when looking for a 7 seater.

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    My 7 seater was $5,400, it's a 2004 and we love it.

    I thought there was nothing under 12k that had 3 rows, but found a few Zafira's.

    We've had it 6 months and have only had issues with the ignition locking up and that was caused by us parking it out in the sun on a hot Queensland day and the barrel expanding.

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    Hi thanks for your responses!

    We only have about $7000 to spend was hoping for a bit back on tax, hubby paid about $45,000 tax and got a bill! so that really stuffs up for plans on getting a decent car now...

    Looking at the mazda mpvs.

    Hubby wont let me look at the zafiras he said he's heard too many bad things about them - same as the carnivals ... *sighs*

    I really don't like the idea of having 2 five seater cars but doesn't look like were going to get much for our $7000 either.


 

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