A Guide To Buying A Dog-Friendly Car
Cars come in all different shapes and sizes. These days, it is possible to buy a car to suit any lifestyle needs. Are you the owner of one or more dogs? If so, you will doubtless know that the type and number of dogs you have will dictate your car choices.
For instance, a greyhound or alsatian will feel like a tinned sardine in a “micro” sized car. So, what can you do to ensure you buy an appropriate car for your needs? In this handy blog post, you will learn the secrets of short-listing the best cars for the job!
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Set an affordable budget
All too often, I hear of people that spend silly amounts of money to buy a “suitable” car. The truth is, you can buy a dog-friendly car in any budget. Rather than sailing close to the wind, learn what you can afford for your next car buy.
Some people prefer to own their car outright, whereas others are happy to lease it. Whatever option you choose, make sure that it fits in well within your budget.
Shortlist some suitable cars
Now that you know how much you can spend on your next dog-friendly car, the next step is to create a shortlist.
There are many makes and models out there, with some being better than others. The list you draw up will depend on your budget. Are you stuck for ideas on specific cars? Here are some pointers to help you out:
● Buy as new a car as possible for your money. Newer cars will boast improved safety and comfort features over previous models;
● Think about whether dogs or passengers are a priority. If you have a family in tow, an estate (station wagon) or people carrier (minivan) from Hilton Garage will be a better bet;
● Do some research. There are many car review websites that can give you insight into how good (or bad) a specific make and model is.
It’s also important to bear in mind the comfort factor. Do you just drive around town? Or do you often go on long road trips? A “cheap and cheerful” car might suit you for local driving. But for those long journeys, a more luxurious car with climate control and leather seats could be the best option for you.
Whatever car you buy, you will need to buy some dog-related accessories for it. For example, a dog guard will ensure your pampered pooch can’t jump into the passenger cabin from the rear of the vehicle.
Some cars come with them as standard, whereas others are an optional extra from the dealer. Of course, you can also buy them from third-party sellers.
From a safety point of view, it’s also a good idea to have a metal crate fitted to the rear of your car’s interior. In the event of an accident, this will stop your dog from flying forwards to the front of the car.
It will also prevent them from eating any food that you have in bags or containers next to them, as they won’t be able to get to them!
I hope this blog post has been useful to you. Good luck with the search for your next dog-friendly car!