A single mother is faced with so many challenges. You have so many priorities that it’s difficult to pinpoint which one is top priority. It is easy to say your children are top priority, but you cannot take care of them well without maintaining a good job and taking care of yourself. Then there’s the family car.
Typically, it is the father that takes care of the family car, which is why anything about cars is quite a stretch for a single mother. You wouldn’t normally see a mother tinkering with broken engines and under-casings or changing a tire. Well, it is still best to look for a mechanic when these things happen to anyone. But when buying a car or having it shipped, single moms need to help themselves. Here are some tips for you to help you make both ends meet as you buy a new car or ship your old one to a new address.
Before buying a new car, ask these things to yourself: Do I really need to buy a new one? How much money can I spend? How can I save money?
Buying a car is not a one-time spending responsibility. It involves many other things such as car insurance, gas, maintenance, and paying off your car loan. If you’re living in the city where public transportation is easy, you might not need to buy a car at all. Sure it’s cool and convenient having one, but can you imagine how much money you can save?
But if ultimately you decide to buy one for the sake of your kids, make sure to make a budget. Don’t go out looking for a car with no clear idea how much money you have and can spend. You could end up buying the flashiest new model on in-house loan.
Do some research beforehand and make a list of models that make your budget.
Check out review websites on how these models perform on the
road or how fuel efficient they are. Prepare cash for down payment. Keep in mind also that you are most unlikely to get bank loan approval
if you were living on alimony or child support. If you are really low on cash, why not consider buying a used car? There are good used cars out there, but you might need the help of a mechanic to check them out.
Another task for the single mom is car shipping. Single-parent families typically move from home to home and job to job. Before shipping your car, ask these things to yourself: Can I not drive there myself? How much money can I spend? How can I save money?
If you think you can drive to your new home while hushing your baby to sleep in the backseat then go ahead. Usually, however, this is easier said than done. Car shipping companies are easy to hire and not at all that expensive. For about $ 800 to $ 1000, you can completely
rely on professional shippers to get the job done while you and your kids take the bus or plane to your new home. Get in touch with a nearby car shipper, inquire about their services, request for a quotation and ask for discounts and freebies.