Collaborative Post¦ Research has shown that people are starting to keep their vehicles longer than ever before. Some people just don’t want to buy a new one, others are more interested in maintaining their current car than having to go through the hassle of buying something else.
But, no vehicle lasts forever. No matter how well you take care of it, there are some things you should be aware of if you’re really paying attention to your vehicle. It could be trying to tell you something.
By noticing some of the signs that it’s time to consider getting a different car, you might still be able to sell your current car and make some money from it. But, if you wait too long until your car starts causing problems, you might end up putting more money into it than it’s really worth.
So, what signs should look for that might indicate it’s time to get a new vehicle?
- The Repairs Are Worth More Than the Car
If you’ve had your current car for several years, you probably already know the value has gone down. If you’ve made repairs to it over the years, the value has gone down even more.
But, when you have to start putting more money into the car than it’s actually worth, it’s time to consider getting a new one. Repairs on your current car should never cost more than what you could sell it for.
Additionally, if it turns into a “money pit” and keeps needing little repairs, you’ll be better off getting something different and more reliable.
- It Won’t Start
Speaking of reliability, that’s another important factor in whether you should get a new car. If your current vehicle doesn’t always start or run as it should, that’s a big problem. You should be able to rely on your vehicle to perform the way it’s supposed to.
If you “never know” whether it will start or when it might stop working on you, it will end up creating a lot of extra stress and uncertainty in your life. You shouldn’t have to live with that.
- You Don’t Feel Safe
This is, perhaps, the most important sign it’s time to get a new car.
If you simply don’t feel safe in your current vehicle, it’s time to move on. Think about your family riding around with you. Do you feel comfortable and secure with your kids in your car? If the answer is ‘no’, that should be a huge sign to look for something different. Car safety should be a top priority for every parent. Thankfully, most of today’s cars for sale have more safety features than older vehicles. So, if you’ve had your current car for years, switching to a newer model can help you and your family feel more secure.
Don’t wait until your car completely gives up on you and leaves you stranded. Keep these signs in mind, and pay attention to whether you need to start thinking about getting something new.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.