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Vehicle Purchasing Tips for Women and Moms

Did you know, on average women end up paying $1,000 more than men for the same vehicle, according to American Economic Review? Not at Hummel's Nissan. We know purchasing a vehicle can be a daunting task no matter your age, gender or background. That's why we're here to make sure you're treated fairly and with respect throughout the purchasing process. The next time you visit Hummel's or another reputable dealer, be sure to use these helpful tools. 

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
  • Do your research. We recommend looking up the value of the vehicle you are interested in before you begin to test drive. This way, you will know what to expect and what price you are comfortable with. 
  • Ask questions that concern you. The number one concern we see from women is safety. No question is silly or irrelevant. If it's on your mind, be sure to ask.
  • Let the dealership earn your business. Check around town to see where you can get the best deal possible - if it isn't from us, we'll be sure to match it. 
  • Negotiate your price before considering a trade in. This sets your price in stone, getting you the lowest possible price. You may also wish to sell your old vehicle yourself. You can often get more by selling without the middleman.  

Test Drive Checklist
Do you think you've considered all the aspects of the vehicle during the test drive? Take this checklist along and wonder no more. 
  • Is the vehicle easy to get in and out of?
  • Is there adequate space in the backseat? 
  • Are the controls accessible and easy to reach? 
  • Do all lights, buttons and controls work properly?   
  • Do the wipers work properly? 
  • Check the passenger-side mirror for blind spots. 
  • Do you feel comfortable and in control of the car? 
  • Does the car handle smoothly? 
  • Do you like the feel of the tires? You can request different tires when negotiating final terms. 
  • Does the vehicle remain on course or drift to the side? 
  • Test the brakes: On an empty road, step on the brake pedal as hard as you can. The ABS should bring the car to a controlled stop. If the car locks up or skids, the brakes are not functioning correctly. 
  • Does the vehicle have enough power to accelerate at a comfortable pace? 
  • Is the cabin quiet? 
Family Specific Considerations

Though our tips and tricks still apply to moms and families, once you have children to think of, the list of considerations become even more important. 

Let's look at the options you should weigh to make the best decision for your family. 

  • Performance in crash tests: visit National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) website to learn more.
  • Finding the right child restraint system (CRS) is a vital part of protecting your children on the road. Take advantage of Nissan's Snug Kids(R) Child Safety Seat Fit Guide to confidently select a child safety seat that fits your vehicle. The guide is available for download at
  • Rollover statistics 
  • Airbag features, including an on-off switch for the front passenger airbag 
  • A LATCH system to tether your car seat, stabilizing the seat and reducing potential for head injury
  • Seat belts that accommodate the number of children you will need to transport. Be sure to check for shoulder seat belts versus lap belts. 
  • Safety locks on the rear doors and override window control
Number of Kids
  • Smaller families can fit comfortably into a sedan or an SUV. 
  • If you have three or more kids or you carpool regularly, we recommend a minivan or large SUV.
  • For even more kids we recommend our mini-van or you may be surprised to find a commercial vehicle is the perfect fit
  • Along with the number of children, consider their ages and needs. Finding the perfect fit for a mom with toddlers is very different from the needs of on-the-go teenagers.
  • Ask your salesperson about car seat style and consider space needs. This will vary depending on whether you have infants and toddlers who need car seats or will be carpooling from sporting events.
  • Your kid's hobbies should also be taken into consideration. Do they have athletic equipment or a large instrument to haul? This will impact the vehicle that is best able to meet your needs.  
Driving Location 
  • A smaller vehicle should be selected for ease in maneuverability, especially in the city, or for longer commutes.
  • A larger vehicle may be a better option for families who like to road trip and need the extra space, or for those looking for increased traction with four-wheel drive.
  • For longer trips or those constantly on-the-go, in-seat DVD players are an added benefit to keep kids entertained.
  • Will you need room to haul strollers or fold seats down to transport large items? Larger vehicles have more room and capabilities for various easier configurations than sedans. 

Gas Mileage
  • In general, lighter cars get better milage then heavier ones, and I-4 engines are more fuel-efficient then V-6 engines.

Other Questions to Ask
  • Can your kids get in and out with ease?
  • Can you reach your children who are in car seats? 
  • What amenities are you looking for? Heated seats, remote keyless entry, or more
  • How much will your insurance cost? 
Testimonials from Other Women

Pathfinder: The Pathfinder's versatility in seating and spacious interior never cease to amaze me. The second row is on a track, which helps provide leg room for people in the middle or back seat. As an added bonus, when my family isn't using the third row, we fold it down and experience the same cargo space as we would in the Armada. It's really the best of both worlds. Fuel efficiency is another great feature. Our family took the Pathfinder to South Dakota, and even fully loaded down, it still achieved 24 miles per gallon. Last but not least, the backup camera and Around View Monitor make parking and maneuvering simple!

- Mom of 2 teenage daughters 

Quest: Our family has five children ranging in ages. The Nissan Quest has been a wonderful vehicle for our large, active family at every stage. The roomy interior provides plenty of space for everyone, and I especially love the push button entry/ignition.

- Mom of 5; toddler to teenager 


Rogue: Nissan Rogue is the one vehicle that has exceeded my expectations in every area. From styling and comfort to fuel efficiency and versatility, the Rogue is an enjoyable drive.  Safety is a priority for me and I trust the Rogue when i comes to my daily commute or transporting family and friends. 

- Mother-to-be

Interested in learning more? Visit Hummel's Nissan today to learn more about other vehicles, visit our News and Tips blog for more helpful information, watch our walk-around videos, or start shopping now. For families a few vehicles that we suggest are the Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue and Armada


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