Should the non-car person in the family have the final choice of the new car?
Even though they're in the family, should they have the most important role in the decision of getting a new car?
Since having increasing troubles with our Volvo XC60, we have been considering getting a new SUV. Naturally, being the most passionate petrol head in my family, I have tried to come forward with many ideas that I reckon would be worth looking at. One problem stands in the way: the non-petrol head. Aesthetics and price seems to be the only factor this non-petrol head thinks about, but should it really be like that?
Compromising in a family is important, however when you have a non-petrolhead who is determined to look for something cheap and still looks okay (or even something not to your taste) you need to be sneaky. Perhaps change their mindset behind their backs? To put it into perspective, I like to try drop little hints here and there. Have a conversation with someone else about a particular car or idea, just at the right volume to be overheard by the non-petrolhead judge. Or even directly mention that I’ve heard that [name of car] is a decent car for [whatever]. Allowing this to sink into their sub-conscience over time, it creates that positive impression of the car in mind that you would like. I suppose it works the other way too, telling them what's not a good idea.
The first consideration brought to the family table of ideas - by the non-petrolhead - was a Kia Sportage. It’s not a bad car, I have nothing against it. But I thought that we ought to look further into other companies before making a final decision. Therefore I started to ask different people (some on DRIVETRIBE) what SUVs are decent to consider, as well as looking on dealers websites for second hand cars.
It's not just about the aesthetics, or the lowest price possible. We want a car that is a decent drive, reliable, perhaps has character and becomes a significant part of family life. It all comes down to the fact that a car is non JUST a car!
And so I make that my mission! Wish me luck and let’s hope we don’t end up with a Fiat Multipla.
What’s your opinion on this? Comment below.
(I use the term “non-petrolhead” very frequently in order to not directly point blame or anything to a family member which I have in mind. However those who can relate to this might have an idea which particular family member it is. Also apologies, my article is probably boring - you can see I won’t get a degree in writing. )