Multi Purpose Vehicles, MPVs for short, are the kind of vehicles that you can use for all your purposes. The average multi purpose vehicle will be a spacious car, because most people will want a car in which they can transport the whole family to go see their uncle Bob who lives in the neighboring state, during the holidays.
A multi purpose vehicle is a car that is useful for shopping, bringing the kids to school, moving the whole family from A to B, moving lots of stuff around when you’re moving into a new house, and for driving to and fro your day job.
Some of you readers out there might be thinking that every car fits this description and that, therefore, all cars are MPVs. That is not correct though.
Some good examples of cars that are not suitable MPVs are sports cars, or just small cars in general with only two doors and very little space. Cars like these are great for people that live alone or with a partner, but who don’t have kids and aren’t planning on having any in the near future.
Small cars aren’t suited for the whole family. Multi purpose vehicles are usually large vehicles. Otherwise they’re not useful for all purposes!
A Little More On The Origins Of MPVs
A long time ago, way back in the eighties, the very first Renault Espace was launched. Like the name suggests, this car was spacious. It was kind of like a mini van. MPVs started out large right off the bat. There was a real market for them and Renault was clever enough to see it!
The MPV has gone through many kinds of redesigns at attempts to keep up with modern times. Originally, the MPV was a very square-like car. This was done on purpose, in order to keep the vehicle as spacious as possible.
Soon enough, however, MPV buyers worldwide started expressing their wishes for driving an MPV that was more pleasing to the eye. And that’s how MPVs got the flattering curves that many newer models nowadays have.
By the way… Renault wasn’t the only car manufacturer that had MPV cars for sale. Many manufacturers soon followed. Citroen, Toyota, Volkswagen… heck, even Chrysler jumped on the MPV bandwagon and introduced the Chrysler Voyager!
The MPV market has grown larger with each passing decade since the introduction of the first one. Pretty much all families just have to have one these days.
How Many People Can You Fit Into A Decent MPV?
A true MPV will be able to carry up to eight people. That’s enough space for the average household family and their grandparents! Usually, MPVs have three seating rows in order to make this possible. In an MPV, you can remove the seats or fold them up in order to make space for cargo instead of people.
Despite being able to fit that much cargo and/or people, a good MPV will still give everybody who is riding it ample leg room. An MPV would not be an MPV if you had to stop every fifty miles so people could get out and stretch their legs.
Not all cars that can carry seven or eight people are MPVs. Some seven seater cars are SUVs, not MPVs. But SUVs are a whole different beast from MPVs. Maybe I’ll write more on that in another post.
Without further ado… let’s get to the meat of this post!
How To Get Value For Money When Buying A Use Multi Purpose Vehicle?
Big cars will often cost you more than smaller cars. And like I said, MPVs are, by nature, big. They will always cost you more money than a non MPV car. But then again, you will likely only be looking for an MPV if you’ve got a family. And if you’ve got a family, you’re probably already making enough money that you can actually afford an MPV car.
Like with any car, you’ve got to make sure that your hard earned money will buy you a good quality car. I highly recommend that you also have a look at my used car buying guide and follow all the steps when you’re setting out to shop for an MPV. It’s probably best if you buy from a dealer and not directly from an owner. Unless you personally know the owner and you also know that he or she is trusthworthy.
Price ranges for second hand MPVs go anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000. There are exceptions to every rule ofcourse. But this price range I’m giving you here is pretty much spot on.
The bare minimum amount really is $4,000. And if you ever find an MPV on sale that is cheaper than that, then it probably has half a million miles on the counter already. Either that or there is something horribly wrong with it.
How To Hit The Sweet Spot By Choosing The MPV With The Right Price And Mile Count!
Almost all MPVs that are close to the $4,000 price point, will have at least 100,000 miles on the counter. This is quite alright, provided that the MPV has been properly maintained throughout the years.
Many people think that a big mile count automatically means the car has plenty of wear and tear. But some used cars are in a remarkably good condition because they’ve seen proper maintenance throughout the years.
But because most people still think that the 100,000 mile limit is some sort of magic limit after which the car quickly starts to deteriorate, car prices fall swiftly as soon as a car passes this mile count.
This is a good time to strike for the smart cheap old car buyer. Because a car that has 100,000 miles on the counter can easily give you 200,000 miles more before it breaks down on you and become a total loss.
It all comes down to maintenance. If you maintain your car really well, it can go on for a very long time. Proper maintenance is the best weapon you’ve got against depreciation.
I admit, some luck is required. Some people maintain their car wonderfully and still get confronted with expensive repairs. Yet other people treat their cars like crap and don’t maintain them, and they happily drive the car for a decade without getting into any problems.
In the end, though, it’s still mostly up to you. Use your head and make the decision that you know is right. And even if you do get bad luck with a car, it’s important to still stay rational.
After all, chances are small of you buying a problem car twice in a row. Lightning never strikes in the same position twice…