Sometimes we don’t see the signs that are right in front of our faces. I’m like that a lot. I just don’t see something until someone else points it out. It was like that right before we bought this house.. and it will probably be like that when we start looking for a new car for my husband or myself. I just am not good at looking at the whole pictures so here are some tips to realizing whether or not you need a new car.
- The interior of the car is falling apart: Is there a rust hole in the bottom of your car… can you see the ground? Maybe your seats are falling apart. That may not be safe for your family so you may want to replace your car soon.
- More and more breakdowns and repairs: If something is breaking on your car every month, even if it is something small, it might be time for a new one. All those repairs can add up.
- Your car doesn’t pass the emissions test: If you don’t pass the emissions test, you have to fix your car to pass them. That can’t always happen. Always make sure your car meets your state’s rules.
- The gas doesn’t last as long as it used to: The engine is older so it doesn’t conserve gas as well as it did before. This could be a huge problem on your bank account. Is not having a car payment worth stopping at the pump twice a week?
- Your sound system needs an upgrade: Ok, now this one may seem silly but do you still have a tape deck? Dude, check into the 2000s. I am so much happier now that I have Bluetooth. Also, I have satellite radio (although it isn’t needed) because I would always end up driving during the commercials.
- Repairs cost more than your car is worth: 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 (or will be worth when it is fixed) then you have a decision to make. Do you really want to keep putting money into something that will break down again?
- It doesn’t work with your life anymore: This one is one that I am fighting with. We are a family of 5. While we fit into my compact car, I had to search for a convertible car seat for Olivia that would fit into the back seat next to Noah’s booster seat. We also have to make sure there is enough room for Hayden. Also, what happens when Hayden has a growth spurt? He is almost 10! This is why I’ve been looking into SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee to fit our growing family.
Anything you notice with your car that makes you believe it is time for an upgrade?