For some reason, a lot of people are reluctant to let go of their old family car sometimes. Some people just feel that if it’s still running and they don’t have any more payments to make, then there’s really no reason to buy a new one. Others genuinely become attached to their old car and refuse to let it go. However, there are times when getting rid of the old family car is the only solution. Here are some of the signs that it’s time to look for a new vehicle.
If you have an old car, then paying for the occasional breakdown is to be expected and paying for maintenance and small parts from time to time is perfectly normal. But when you constantly have to patch up issues or the car is always breaking down for some reason, then it’s definitely a sign that you should look for a new car.
As a rule, if your car has major issues more than twice a year, then it could be a sign that you need to replace it. And by major issues, we’re talking about not being able to drive the vehicle at all without making expensive repairs. Some problems just can’t be fixed without major repairs and the total cost could end up costing a large portion of the car’s actual value. Generally speaking, issues with the transmission or a major engine issue like a head gasket failing will usually mean the end for an old vehicle. In these cases, buying a new vehicle that won’t eventually break down a few months from now would be a better decision.
If that’s your case, the best thing you should do is consider scrapping the vehicle. Depending on the car’s state, year, and model, you could actually get a nice down payment on a new vehicle out of it. Most scrapping services will allow you to get a quote online, pick up the vehicle for you, and pay you either through BACS or bank transfer. Some are even helping people through recycling by donating some of their profits to charity, so that would be a great opportunity to give back as well.
If the Interior Starts Breaking Down
If the interior of the vehicle starts crumbling, then this is the sign of a car that needs not only to be replaced, but it might not even be salvageable. If you see rust penetrating inside the car, then it’s a sign that rust has penetrated through the car’s structure and is often too widespread to be fixed. Other issues like a leaky windshield could be patched but are often a sign of something much more serious. If you notice holes in the fabric, leaking windows and sunroofs, or knobs falling off, then it might be a sign that you need a new family car.
Your Family is Actually Ashamed of the Car
Sometimes, it may be hard for us to recognise how bad a car looks, especially if we paid for it and are still fine with it. But while we may be oblivious to how bad the car looks sitting on the driveway or riding down the road, you can rest assured that at least one of your family members are all too aware of it. They might not want to tell it to you right away, but they might make comments about how nice a particular car model is or thinly veiled comments about how the car looks. At the end of the day, your family gets to enjoy the car as much as you do, so make sure you take them into consideration as well.
You’re Spending Too Much Money on Fuel
This is another major issue that a lot of people overlook when calculating the supposed savings that they’re making when not buying a new car. Older cars are not only less environmentally friendly, but they consume a lot more petrol as well. This means that any money that you think you are saving is going straight to the pump instead. And things only get worse as the car gets older. So, consider how much you could actually be saving if you invested in a newer, more fuel-efficient model.
Safety Features Aren’t Up to Par
An old vehicle will usually be less safe to drive over time for a variety of reasons. The car becomes more difficult to drive, the brakes are less efficient, the car starts breaking down at dangerous moments, etc. But another issue is that it won’t have some of the most recent safety features that are becoming common in new cars like side airbags, rear view cameras, blind spot monitoring, electronic stability control, or forward collision alert for instance. While some of these things might seem optional, others might can actually be life-saving, so that is something that you should be considering as well.
A family car is an important investment and plays a central role in your family life. So, make sure that you give your family the best and consider replacing your car immediately if it shows any of these symptoms.