For the vast majority of consumers, having a car isn’t a luxury it is actually a necessity. Even though it might be a necessity it doesn’t mean that people can’t really enjoy their vehicle or maybe pamper it as if it were a member of the family. However, both time and miles on the clock can cause all sorts of wear and tear on even the most well looked after car.
At some point, the difficult decision must be made as to whether one should repair or replace their car. Here are 5 ways to make that decision easier and help you along the way.
When the repairs/maintenance add up to more than the value of the car
This should always be the point at which you know when it’s time to say goodbye. If you see that the dollars keep adding up to a stage where it’s costing you more to repair it than the car is actually worth, you have to bite the bullet and move on from your trusty car.
Look to the future
If you fork out 1,000 dollars now on a repair you may be able to squeeze a few more miles out of the old boy, but what is going to happen in the future. This is the time when you need to take your car to a very well trusted mechanic, get them to take a look and give you the lowdown on what future repairs you can expect to get. If the price seems like it’s going to go sky high then it’s time to get a new car.
Is it safe to drive?
Not only do old cars need to be maintained regularly, but you should not overlook the risks of an old car and the potential it has to breakdown on the road. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is always the number one priority. New cars tend to have the latest safety features installed as standard and your old car may not; airbags, side airbags, good handling and steering, and also rear view cameras. In some of the more advanced cars you’ll also have features such as; drowsiness alert, collision alert and auto parking. These features are very unlikely to be on your old car, so consider how much safer it would be if you had them and then peace of mind it’d bring you.
Have you had to replace your car recently? What did you take in to consideration before you changed your vehicle? I would love to hear all about your experiences and tips, plus all other information you would like to share with the community here. If you have repaired your car instead of replacing it – did you experience any issues or problems that made you think you had made the wrong decision? What made you hold on to the car longer than you should? Please share everything belov this article. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say.