Vehicle Purchasing Guide: The Best Cars for Families

One of the most difficult decisions parents have to face is choosing the best car for their families. There are many things to consider when buying a car, and the final decision can vary greatly depending on who is purchasing. Based on studies, American women have more of a huge influence on purchasing cars than men do. As the population of the U.S. has aged (the Baby Boomers are now retirees), there has also been an increase in women having driver’s licenses. You can see the statistics below:

Women and Cars

There are many reasons why a woman (mom, wife, or partner) may make the decision to purchase a car rather than a man deciding. One factor is haggling, because women are more comfortable doing that. According to Auto Remarketing, 33.3 % of female responders said negotiation “makes car buying a fun process” compared to only 25.1 % of men respondents who felt that way. Women may also be more levelheaded and more informed than men in the automobile showroom, based on a recent study published by MSN Money.

The Wall Street Journal has reported a new study that advises men who are looking for a new car to bring their wives. Around 67% of women order a car inspection during a lease transfer, while on 54% of men will, based on research by LeaseTrader.com. When buying a car for the family, it is wise to bring your wife and some even let their wives do all of the purchasing because she usually ends up getting a good deal.

If you need some help in choosing a vehicle, check out VroomVroomVroom’s Infographic on the Best Cars for Families. You can also test drive some of these vehicles by renting a car with us and heading on a road trip with your family. (Please note that most rental car providers won’t guarantee a specific make and model for your booking, and reserve the right to provide you a similar size vehicle depending on supply.)

Best Cars For Families

Trans-Tasman Driving Tips

NZ Road Sign Have you ever been worried about driving in another country?

For Australians heading to New Zealand and vice versa, you will be pleased to know there is not much difference in the way you will drive.

No need to get stressed about driving on the wrong side of the road as both countries drive on the left side of the road.

Speed limits are also displayed in kilometers per hour and not miles per hour, so that helps as well.

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There use to be Give Way rules in New Zealand that were different to the Give Way rules in Australia and I would often get confused when driving in each country. You can find out more about the new Give Way rules in New Zealand here.

You can enjoy a 12 month road tripping get away in New Zealand if you hold an Australian license. You do not have to convert to a New Zealand license until 12 months after your arrival date.

And in Australia, New Zealand license holders have 3 months to convert to an Australian license. (These time periods are subject to change.)

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On a budget? Want to travel to Europe? Here’s the Only Chart You Need

woman with empty walletHave you ever wanted to travel to Europe and visit some of its historic capitals and urban centers? We’ve all dreamed of it, I think. Even those who have flown to London or to Paris or to Rome, rented a car, and explored the beauty and majesty of centuries-old architecture, art, and culture, would almost assuredly go back there in a heartbeat to see, hear, and enjoy more. But travel is never free and prices sometimes feel like they go up year after year … what to do?

At VroomVroomVroom, we just want you to have all of the information that will help you to plan whatever business trip or fun holiday that you want to take! We would be terribly remiss not to tell you about a recent study from the British Post Office and shared by The New York Times here.

The study ranks the best values among the “culture capitals” of Europe, which are a dozen major cities where you can enjoy the arts, such as classical music, art galleries, and museums. Interestingly, although a British study, London’s ballet, opera, and world heritage site were found to be among the most expensive.

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More Travelers Booking Using Mobile Devices, Report Says

pretty-woman-with-tablet-computer-sitting-in-cafeAccording to a new report, more and more people are making their travel bookings using mobile devices.

The 2014 Travel Flash Report from Criteo found that “average booking value”, or the amount of money leaving a traveler’s pocket, is higher for car rental companies and for airlines — although not for hotels — when a person books using their smartphone or another mobile Internet connection.

Car rental booking value was 13% higher for the average person booking via his/her mobile device than the average person booking while using a desktop computer. Airplane ticket booking value was 20% higher for mobile users, but hotel booking value was actually 30% less for mobile.

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The Veronicas – You Ruin Me and Our Other Favorite Road Trip Songs

For those of you unfamiliar with them, The Veronicas are twin sisters and popular musicians from Brisbane. Their first 2 studio albums, 2005′s The Secret Life of… and 2007′s Hook Me Up, both went to No. 2 on the Australian charts and earned ARIA certifications of 4X platinum and 2X plantinum, respectively. Twin sisters Jess and Lisa, The Veronicas, scored 7 top ten singles in Australia.

Which brings us to today! The Veronicas are back and just released their newest smash, this time from Sony Music. So if you’re going down the road in a rental car with your iPod or iPhone blasting tunes, pull over and park. Then go immediately to iTunes here, or to your favorite legal music site to download their brand-new single You Ruin Me. It’s amazing!

If you’re reading this on a desktop or another device capable of displaying YouTube videos, here’s the brand-new music video for the single, and it’s also unbelievably cool!

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Talking Cars: GM to Launch a Hands and Feet-Free Cadillac in 2017

David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight with K.I.T.T. from the TV series Knight Rider

David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight with KITT from the TV series Knight Rider, Photo copyright MCA/Universal

Do you remember KITT from the famous TV series “Knight Rider”? If you grew up in the 80’s, then you probably know what I’m talking about.

KITT is an A.I. (artificial intelligence) vehicle that is built by Knight Industries and operated by Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff). Just like any kid, I was pretty amazed by the talking car and wished that our car could talk, too. There were even times that I pretended that our black Mitsubishi Galant Lambda was talking to me just like the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am talked to Michael Knight.

Your childhood dream of having your own KITT may finally come true in 2017 models (on sale in 2016) as General Motors is set to launch a Cadillac model that has “talking car” capability. Bloomberg reported last week that the largest automaker in the United States will introduce a hands and feet-free car. Soon, you can drive your car without holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra revealed that the 2017 Cadillac model will feature a “Super Cruise” technology that controls the acceleration, steering, and braking of the vehicle in both congested traffic and highway speeds up to 70 miles per hour.

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VroomVroomVroom.com.au and Kiva.org – Loans That Change Lives

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On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. The impact and resulting tidal surge caused significant damage and loss of life.

VroomVroomVroom carefully considered how we may be able to help victims of natural disasters as a company.

We have decided that one way we can help is through making available loans for entrepreneurs and business owners who may need a short term loan to restart their business and reinvest in rebuilding the infrastructure of the Philippines. The loans are eventually repaid and re-loaned to someone else in need. In this way, our company will keep funds available ongoing.

Kiva promotional imageThe organization called Kiva (based in the United States) lends money out to a cross section of the global community. Whether it be a family in Sudan who needs a loan to fix their house, an entrepreneur starting up a business in Cambodia, a farmer in Vietnam needing to buy pigs or someone in the Philippines who needs to rebuild after a typhoon. The idea is that we lend money and they make repayments and we will continue to lend the money over and over again.

Since 2005, Kiva has crowd-funded more than 1 million loans, totaling more than a half a billion dollars, at a repayment rate of 99 percent.

We have been helping in this way since April 2014, and in the coming weeks, we will share with our blog readers and social media followers more info about the people and communities receiving help.

It seems to be working well and hopefully making a difference.

The company we are using to facilitate these transactions — Loans that change lives — is found at Kiva.org. We encourage you to visit the site and learn more today.

Weird Traffic Rules in the USA – a VroomVroomVroom Infographic

At VroomVroomVroom, our Car Rental Experts know that there are plenty of weird traffic laws and regulations around the world, but our favorites are in the United States!

For those who don’t know, there are 50 different states (such as California & Texas), 14 territories (like Puerto Rico), and the federal District of Columbia — and they all have their own sets of laws! Most of the time, they’re very similar or exactly the same as elsewhere, but sometimes there are unique, special, and downright WEIRD traffic rules! VroomVroomVroom Content Writer Mic Florendo shares a few of them with you in this handy, hilarious infographic!

 

Weird Traffic Rules in the USA (Infographic)

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5 Great Reasons to Rent an RV Instead of Staying in a Hotel

The best part of going on vacation is having a blast on the road with the people who matter to you. Whether you’re a young person going to the beach with friends, a couple visiting a far-off attraction or driving to see family, or a pair of empty nesters just enjoying retirement, RV rental can add a lot of enjoyment to an already fun time. There’s no need to struggle with planning a trip, and it’s perfectly ok if you want to fly somewhere, rent a car (use VroomVroomVroom – cheap plug!), and stay in a hotel room. But there are several reasons why I feel that renting an RV or motorhome would make your road trip adventure a little more special. So let’s get to them …

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Counting Down in Christchurch to the NZ IceFest 2014

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in Antarctica? Experience the sights, sounds, and culture of Antarctica at the NZ IceFest 2014! The much-awaited event will be held between September 27 and October 12, 2014. No need to board an airplane leaving from Christchurch International Airport just to experience the best of Antarctica. The Christchurch City Council, in cooperation with over 40 partner organisations, will bring you an amazing line up of activities and events related to Antarctica right in the heart of the City of Christchurch.

penguins photo by Lizzy Farthing

Photo credit: Lizzy Farthing

Christchurch is one of the gateways to Earth’s southernmost continent. The city has been involved in Antarctic exploration for years and you can learn more about that by visiting the Canterbury Museum. For an unforgettable interactive experience, make sure to attend the New Zealand IceFest, where you can participate in all sorts of activities such as boarding an Antarctic plane and watching Sled Dog Racing!

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Photo credit: gillmar – Shutterstock

To explain more about the NZ IceFest 2014, here’s an exclusive interview with Kat Ralph-Triebels (NZ IceFest Producer / Events Business Coordinator):

VVV: There are so many amazing places in New Zealand that are worth promoting, what made you choose Antarctica which is more than 7 hours away by plane from NZ?

Kat: New Zealand, and specifically Christchurch, has a unique relationship with Antarctica as we are home to one of five Antarctic gateways in the world. New Zealand is proud of its leadership in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and we want to increase the awareness of our involvement with this mysterious continent and educate people about the importance of Antarctic science and climate change studies.

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