Surely you may know someone, who for whatever reason, still possesses the shell of an old car parked in their garage, rotting away in the wind and the rain. Some have two.
For the cars that still work, they are pampered and treated like members of the family, furnished with names and birth certificates. However, like all things in life, a car over time does begin to show wear and tear, which begs the question, it is time to move on? Sooner or later, the decision must be made whether to repair or replace your car. Here are some signs that should make it easier for you to let go.
When repairs cost more than the car itself.
The old folks had a saying that said, “The candle costs more that the funeral”. When your car repair bills add up to more than the value of the car, it may be time to get a new one. Of course, much older cars are costly to repair, so age can definitely be a factor here.
Is safety a concern?
Your car shutting down on a lonely highway late at night should be a cause for concern. Old cars tend to become increasingly unreliable and can eventually compromise your security. Is it really worth risking your own family’s safety for the sake of holding on to a few nuts and bolts? I implore you to reconsider.
Gas and Mileage
The older your car is, the less fuel-efficient it’s going to be. As the car’s shelf life starts to take its toll so does the engine, transmission and other parts. So if you do find yourself putting out more money to get from point A to B then this may be another indicator that a change of transport may be in order.
It may be interesting and severely overlooked that a change in lifestyle may be a big influencer in changing your car. For instance, after having 5 children, owning an Audi TT Coupe no longer seems like a good idea anymore. You may want to consider owning something a little more practical, like a minivan. Thumbs up. 🙂
Reworking your budget may also force you to cut down on your expenses. One may want to consider giving up an expensive vehicle for something that is a little easier to maintain.
Apart from these most important factors there are also visible forms of evidence that can reveal your car’s age. These include noisy engine start-ups, loose seatbelts, windows that require extra assistance to wind up and down, door jams and failed electricals. If you are experiencing any of the problems mentioned in the above dialogue then feel free to ask your local car dealer if a new car is right for you.
If you would like to a speak to a seasoned sales executive about purchasing a new vehicle contact Anil Dookeran at KIA Trinidad to discuss your options.