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An estate car, often known as a station wagon in the U.S., gained its name directly from its purpose. It was originally meant for transporting people and their luggage/belongings to and from country estates and railway stations. They also were originally used to hold and transport shotguns for people who wanted to go hunt game, so the name ‘shooting break’ is also sometimes associated with this type of vehicle. 

Today, estate cars serve similar purposes. They are often known as family vehicles, designed with extra room for luggage or other belongings. But, is it the right car for you?

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What Is An Estate Car?

Again, estate cars were originally designed as vehicles that could transport people and their belongings, and not much has changed. Even the body design has luggage-transportation in mind. Most estate cars are low to the ground. That makes it easy for people to get in and out, especially if you have a family with children. But, the original purpose of that design was to make it easy to slide boxes or other pieces of luggage in and out. 

With that being said, it really is a great choice for a family vehicle. Whether you’re active campers, travellers, or just want to be able to fit your child’s bike in the back, you can do so with ease while fitting in a family comfortably. 

As far as the shape and style, estate cars have come a long way. They used to be quite box-shaped, focused more on functionality than design. Today, the two worlds have come together. Most estate cars are sleek and stylish, as well as powerfl and fast.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

Like any other type of vehicle, an estate car isn’t for everyone. It’s important to weigh out the pros and cons before you decide if this type of car is right for your lifestyle. 


  • Ample storage room
  • Great for transporting small loads
  • Extra seating in the back for more passengers/larger families


  • Not great for urban areas with limited parking
  • Look less sportly than saloons
  • Not all estate cars are created equally, and some might be more suited for you than others

Is An Estate Car Right for Me?

Not sure whether an estate car is right for you? Stop into our showrooms or check out our inventory online to view our estate cars for sale and look over their special features. If you’re looking for a family car that can carry your cargo, it could be the perfect option. Let us help you get rid of the stereotypes of estate cars and imagery of years past. They are now one of the most stylish family options you can buy.

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  • 47 Monthly Payments £170.15
  • Total Price £9,950
  • Customer Deposit £1,000
  • Amount of Credit £8,950
  • Apr 9.9%
  • Term 48 months
  • Total Amount Payable £12,339.05
  • Fixed Rate of Interest 9.45%
  • Annual Mileage 8,000
  • Optional Final Payment £3,332

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