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June 12, 2017

The Pros and Cons of a Classic Minivan

Pros and Cons of MinivanAre you attempting to decide whether or not you should get a minivan? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out this list! After all, this can be a very difficult choice.

THE PROS

They can hold a lot of people. The minivan can hold large numbers of people. It’s common to be able to put 7 people in a minivan and quite possible to find vehicles that will hold 9 people or even 10 people, as well as some luggage. This makes it ideal for vacations, or even for families with plenty of shopping to pack in.

They’re easy for everyone to get in and out of. Ever try to wedge open a car door with a giant diaper bag on one arm and baby in the other? The ease of automatic power sliding doors will seem like a dream, and they’re a cinch for older kids to open by themselves. You also won’t have to worry about bumping your head while loading baby in and out of a minivan.

They’re seriously spacious. With the sheer amount of room they provide (for both passengers and all your gear), minivans simply can’t be beat. It’s true that SUVs also have a decent amount of cargo space, but minivans are, hands-down, easier to load. That’s because SUVs tend to sit higher to accommodate heavy-duty, rear- or four-wheel-drive underpinnings, which not only take up precious interior space but can make loading and unloading gear more difficult. Minivans, on the other hand, exist to accommodate people and stuff—with subfloor hidden storage to boot.

They’re flexible. Minivans can adapt easily to whatever the future brings—a huge plus for those looking to expand their family or just handle daily carpool duty. With a third row that folds into the floor and removable second-row seats, you can totally customize the configuration based on whether you’re hauling the whole soccer team or your latest Craigslist furniture finds. The second row often has a removable center seat that can accommodate three car seats side by side, and some models even come with built-in foot rests.

They’re a good value. It’s true—when it comes to minivans, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Most base models start in the low- to mid-$20,000s, while even a basic midsize SUV typically starts around $30k. That’s because automakers don’t bother outfitting minivans with expensive off-road features (that most SUV drivers don’t even use), instead putting that budget toward things people actually do want.

They’ve got tons of family-friendly features. A slew of cupholders, air vents and optional backseat entertainment systems should keep each kid in your crew occupied and happy. Buy a model with individual bucket seats in the second row and you’ll also help keep the peace (no more cries of “He’s poking me!” thanks to mischief-making siblings).

They’re higher off the road. Being higher off the road means that there’s much better visibility, making the minivan a great deal safer. This can leave drivers feeling more confident and driving much better. The rear seats in a minivan can be removed so that it’s possible to put in much more cargo in the available space. If there are large loads to be moved, this is ideal.

THE CONS

They tend to be more expensive than normal vans. You often hear that a minivan is easier on the family budget. That’s true if you’re torn between buying a minivan and an SUV.

You can’t reach your kids as easily. When your kids are in a minivan, they may seem like they’re a mile away from you. This can be a perk if they’re having a tantrum since they won’t be screaming right into your ear.

But if your kids have been sitting in the second row of your car or SUV, you’ve been able to help them when they need something. In a minivan, you can’t do this so easily. Your kids will have to tough it out or you’ll have to pull over. The convenience of reaching behind you to pick up that dropped sippy cup or handing snacks to the backseat is gone.

Contact the PAACO Team Today

Do you have further questions about the pros and cons of a classic minivan? It’s time to give PAACO a call! Here at PAACO, we’re happy to provide personalized assistance, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the car-buying process. In fact, for over 24 years, PAACO has been helping good people get the transportation they need and deserve. Because, here’s the thing: regardless of past credit challenges and financial transgressions, we at PAACO feel that our customers deserve respect. In fact, our primary goal is to provide people with a superior customer service experience, and give them the royal treatment they deserve.

Providing excellent, top-notch customer service and support has always been our highest priority – after all, our customers are the reason we’re in business. Our team of Account Managers is dedicated to helping each of our customers achieve their dreams of vehicle ownership! We also have an excellent service department, staffed with knowledgeable and qualified experts to help facilitate any mechanical concerns you may have throughout the course of your contract.

Our inventory selection is better than ever – we have over 900 vehicles to choose from! Every vehicle we sell undergoes a rigorous 70-point inspection by one of our 10 certified mechanics; PAACO vehicles also go through a third-party inspection, to ensure that we are giving our customers a quality vehicle. We back all our vehicles with a FREE 6 month, 6000-mile warranty (whichever comes first, based on sale date).

Have you have been turned down by a car dealership? Stop by any one of our 11 dealerships – PAACO has been helping customers finance high-quality used cars for over 24 years! Call us today at 877-810-4555. We’re always happy to offer our assistance, and we look forward to speaking with you. Get in touch with us at your earliest convenience!

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