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How to pick a new family of 6 vehicle after putting 240,500 miles on a Grand Caravan. I don't like the new Caravans so that's not a possibility.

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Barbra Einsohn , Customer Relations Manager  at David McDavid Honda of Irving Dear Vickie, Thank you for your inquiry. If you still need the convenience of a mini-van due to the extra passengers, then you might want to look at the Honda Odyssey which is the top in its class. The Odyssey has better safety, fuel economy and reliability than any other mini-van out there. And, it

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) You should just sit down at your computer and go to all the manufacturer's sites you think you might be interested at their models. Just put the name in your search engine and select the manufacturer*s site. Look at what they have available and compare it to the options on your current vehicle to be sure it is available on the new one. Be very cognizant of 5 passenger, 7 passenger or 9 passenger capacity so you don*t get something too small for your family. You can print out specifications, pictures and etc. After you narrow down your choices, go to the dealership and test drive all of the vehicles you have selected...DO NOT BUY AT THIS POINT..... Go home and compare what you liked and didn't like about each vehicle and then make your choice. Then go on Edmunds.com and compare prices and costs, put your numbers together, check with your personal banker about financing and then contact the dealership you choose about buying. If you have all of this information in hand you will make a good decision, without pressure and know that you have what you want. Be aware of what is called "dealer adds" (rustproofing packages, theft deterrent items, extended warranties) before you go in. This is where they make most of their profits. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE, except for license and title fees and some bank fees. You can also contact dealerships via the internet without having to go in and do all the negotiation that way. Do not go in without all of this information and knowledge or you may end up with something you didn't want because you give it to pressure selling.

Marnie Kramer, Owner and Creator at EverythingCarz.com Dear Vickie, Thank you for visiting AskPatty.com. Wow that is impressive! The Acadia has had some great reviews; it would be a good choice. If you were comfortable with the gas mileage that your Caravan received you might want to watch that on the vehicles you are considering. Some of the SUV's are not known for great gas mileage. You may want to also consider the following vehicles: Chrysler Pacifica Ford Freestyle Honda Odyssey Once you pick a couple of vehicles you can try the following link to do some comparison shopping. http://www.askpatty.com/chrome.php Good Luck, Marnie Kramer Everything Carz http://www.everythingcarz.com

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