While you may have gotten comfortable with your current car and wish that you could keep it for the rest of your life, the truth is that your car isn’t immortal. This means that there will come a point in time when you have to replace it. If you’re wondering how you can find out if it’s time to get a new car, read on to see some of the signs that should point you toward doing so.
It Needs a Major Repair
If your car needs to have a major repair done, it may be a sign that you need to let it go. An easy way to measure this cost is to check what the car’s value is versus the cost of the repair that you need to do. If the repair is almost the same cost or even more than your car is worth, then this is a sure sign that you’re better off selling your car or disposing of it to get a new one. These repairs include massive fixes and not something like floater cracks, which are stone breaks on your car’s windshield. Also called bullseyes and stars, 90% of them never crack, so the windshield may only need repairs when something more serious occurs.
It Doesn’t Work for You
You may have outgrown your car and have needs that it no longer meets. For example, your family may have grown since you bought your car and needs more room in order to get around comfortably. You may have also moved to a remote area whose landscape isn’t what you had in mind when you got your current car. Rather than suffer through these issues ceaselessly, you should think about getting a new car and ditching your current one. In this case, your car may still have a reasonable resale value that will make it possible for you to get a reasonable amount of money back from it, or even trade it in for a different car.
Your Car No Longer Feels Safe
If your current car no longer feels safe for you while you’re driving around in it, this is a sign that you may need to do an upgrade and get a new car. Technology for cars has evolved rapidly over the last decade or so, so you can get amazing safety and technological features in a new car that you just don’t have in your current one. Even the manufacture of new cars has changed drastically so it’s possible that you may find a new car that you fall in love with just as you did with your current one. Keep in mind that domestic raw steel production, in the week ending on June 12, 2021, was 1,834,000 net tons with the capability utilization rate standing at 82.6%. With such mass rates of steel being produced, it’s safe to say that many new cars are being built right now.
It’s Become a Fuel Guzzler
Last but not least, if you seem to be spending more time at the gas station than on the road, this is a major sign that your car has reached the end of its life. The same goes for when you need to change the fluids in your car more regularly than you did before. Keep in mind that typically, modern cars go 5,000 to 7,500 miles between having the oil changed. If your car has become extremely costly to maintain, get on the market and start shopping for a new one before your current one fails you.
If you notice one or more of these signs in your car, you need to start making plans to buy a new one. This is going to save you a lot of stress and hassle that dealing with old and inadequate cars usually comes with.