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If you’re planning on purchasing a new or used car, don’t forget to consider the needs of your furriest family member! There are several aspects that dog owners should think about when vehicle-shopping. Check them out now:

Ample cargo space— Whether you prefer to keep your pooch in a crate while traveling or you like to give him space to roam, one thing is for certain: you need plenty of room!

Hatchbacks and lift-gates— While sedans are usually pet-friendly for smaller dogs, it’s a little more difficult to get a large dog in and out of side doors. Hatchbacks and SUVs with lift-gates make this task much easier, especially if you need to load/unload a crate.

Fold-flat rear seats— Keeping your cloth or leather seats clean and scratch-free with pets is challenging, which is why many dog owners prefer to go with a vehicle that has a fold-flat second or third row.

Sunroof and/or a power rear window— Nothing gives a pet owner more stress than worrying that Fido might jump or fall out of a window if it’s down too far. That’s why a sunroof is a great bonus, adding a cool breeze without the risk. A power rear window, like on the 2017 Toyota 4Runner, is also a nice touch.

Rear A/C vents— Even with the front A/C blasting, it can still be difficult to cool down the vehicle during the dog days of summer (no pun intended). Rear vents help deliver the cool air directly to your pets, preventing them from overheating.

Great safety scores— Choosing a vehicle with the best possible crash test scores is a win-win for owners and pets alike. It’s also important to look for side curtain airbags and other standard equipment that provide additional protection for four-legged passengers in the event of a collision.

Easy-to-use LATCH system— Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) aren’t just for kids! This system is helpful if you need to install a pet harness or safety seat.

Now that you know what to look for in a new vehicle, check out what’s on our lot now. We’ve got plenty of dog-friendly models, from the RAV4 and Sequoia to the Prius. Visit us today for a test drive!