We get into the car, turn it on and here comes a dash notification. Or someone points out a low tire, or a light has gone out. There’s a new noise, a new vibration. Something just doesn’t feel right. As for me, I just am not good at seeing the whole picture, so here are some tips on how to know when it’s time to buy a new family car.
The car’s interior needs badly replaced
Is there a rust hole in the bottom of your car… can you see the ground? Maybe your seats move, and the upholstery is falling apart. Snags can become tears, loose screws and bolts can become a life-threatening danger. That may not be safe for you or your family.
Breakdowns and repairs are happening more frequently
If something is breaking down in your car every week, day, or month, even if it is something small, it might be time to upgrade. Every single repair, big or small begins to add up.
You have to fuel up faster
The engine is older so it doesn’t conserve gas as well as it did before. This could be a huge problem. Also, this is a big indicator that some major parts are starting to take time’s toll. Is not having a car payment worth stopping at the pump twice a week or more?
The repairs are more expensive than your vehicle
You could have your car for 15 years and still be in love with it. But if it costs you more to repair it than the car is worth then you have a decision to make. Do you really want to keep putting money into something that will break down again?
Here’s the thing, you can get the same vehicle, a much safer and newer model of what you already love. Sure there’s a learning curve, but it’s better than bleeding money on repairs over and over again. And yes, you may have a new payment, but it’ll be worth it in the end. So don’t think too hard on it, don’t let your emotional attachment to your car hinder you to make the right decision. Upgrade for the benefit of your wallet and family.