According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are now 568 cars per 1,000 people. That seems like a high number, but what about the people whom you will be driving around? When you’re buying a car not just for you, but for your partner and your children, you have to think about it in a completely different way. Your car isn’t just a single purpose commuter machine any more – it’s many things to many people. It may even be a hand-me-down one day! So getting it right may be a long and often frustrating process, but worth it in the end. Here’s what you have to know before you buy your family’s first car.