So, to justify why I discourage the purchase of a 7-seater car, I am going to blog about cars, cars, cars.
1. You don’t need 7-seater car unless you have 4 kids or 3 kids and a maid or 2 kids and parents-in-law who shadow you around.
2. For those occasional meals with the in-laws, let them squeeze in. Otherwise, the mother-in-laws may find it too comfortable and insist for meals every other day.
3. By the time your children are old enough to take up the space, they will not want to tag along with you every time you go out.
4. You have problem chit-chatting with the kids at the last row seats and ended up shouting things like ‘HOW IS YOUR DAY AT SCHOOL?’ instead of engaging in cosy mommy/kids talk.
5. The sound system sucks with a big space, eventhough you have speakers at the far end.
6. Kids will never learn about living in a peaceful manner. E.g., it is ok to let them elbow each other, kicking each other but learn to endure each other even if they cannot stand it.
7. With a 7-seater car, kids learn to be selfish, keeping to each own little corner. Say you ask them to pick up a piece of rubbish, they will check the demarcation and argue over whose responsibility it is.
8. When the kids start to fight, you can’t hold the steering with your left hand and pull their ears with your right to separate the fights.
9. You will not have enough bootspace when travelling, compare to a saloon car.
10. If you put a Thule (that thing that looks like a boat shape box?) on the roof, you cannot go into the basement parking without tearing the whole sprinkler’s system.
I have a Naza Ria which I am very reluctant to drive around town because of the sheer size. I bought the Naza Ria when it was first launched with the rosy picture that finally, the whole family can go for holidays in comfort. One year later, I just realised that my two older kids hate going anywhere with us unless they are forced to.
Oh ya, when the birds shitted on the car, it is also harder to wash the bird shits because of the height. (bird shits are corrosive hence important to clean them often)
Gee, I miss my manual Honda Accord which is 10 years old. There is nothing like a manual Made-in-Japan Japanese car to vroom, vroom, vroom. Oooh, the power, the surge and the smooth drive. The plush seats, aircon and great sound system. Hopefully, we can afford another Japanese saloon car soon to replace our other car, the Proton Perdana. *pray, pray, pray atm strikes damacai or magnum 4D or Toto or his boss approves the fleet of cars for senior management, whichever comes first*