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A minivan is a type of van that is designed to transport passengers rather than cargo. Minivans make especially convenient family vehicles, so they’ve managed to retain popularity even though their box-like exteriors aren’t considered to be especially stylish. And because minivans cater to a specific demographic, they aren’t cheap, either. Mid range and high end minivans are usually loaded with advanced safety features and a lot of electronics, since the auto manufacturers’ design teams know that a lot of parents are willing to splurge to keep their families as safe as possible, and to have the option of entertainment on particularly long trips. Other notable minivan features, such as the seating arrangement, are more conducive to comfortable family travel. Options such as Chrysler’s “Swivel ‘N Go” removable table and rotating seat configuration, inspired by camper vans and other recreational vehicles, make for more comfortable long distance travel than in a traditional passenger vehicle.

One way to save some cash when buying a minivan is to consider buying a preowned model. There are some bargains to be had on used minivans, for buyers who shop carefully. Buying a used minivan means it might be necessary to make certain sacrifices, like waiting a little longer to find a local listing with the right combination of options and features, but the savings that come from not buying new are usually worth it to families on a tight budget. Most late model used minivans on the market will still be up to date on safety features and technology options, so families upgrading from an older vehicle will still enjoy the feeling of buying a newer vehicle. A lot of families and other prospective buyers will find that diligent research will result in a great buy on a preowned minivan, perfect for the next long road trip.