All people eventually reach the end of the line with their car. Cars aren’t built to last forever. The problem is learning when to let go. People want to save a dollar, and there’s a sentimental attachment to the old beater with the driver’s side door that doesn’t quite work, but you need to call it quits at some point. Here’s 4 signs to tell you when your car has been used too long.
Smoke From the Hood
Seems simple, right? There shouldn’t be smoke under the hood. Of course, this isn’t always an indication of the car needing to be scrapped, but it’s almost always an indication of an expensive repair. It could be anything from a radiator problem to an engine taking its last gasp. If you’re concerned about smoke inhalation while driving, it’s about time that you got a new car.
Too Many Tricks
Aging cars will often develop little hitches in the way they operate. Just like an older person having to hold onto the arm of the couch to lift themselves up, you might have a couple little tricks getting your car to start up, too. When you begin to have to compromise the basic function of your car in order to make it work (e.g., getting in the passenger side or having someone hold the gas tank door while you pop the lever), it might be time to move on to a new car, and your car insurance may even improve because of it.
Too Much Cost
Many people proclaim they love their old beater because of the money they save, but what many fail to realize is that the car is nickel and diming them to death. Having to get new tires and the occasional break repair are part of owning a car. If you’re putting repair bills on the credit card more than once a year, or paying more than the average cost of a year’s worth of monthly payments, you should definitely start looking for an upgrade.
Any time something falls off of your car, no matter how insignificant it might seem, it’s a good time to think about getting something new. You never want any part of a story to include a car part falling off as you’re driving. The moment your story includes that, it’s time to get a new car. If things start going bad in the winter, it’s the best time to buy. Business is slow then and you can get a great deal.
You count on your car, and it needs to be able to come through for you. There comes a time when you have to say goodbye to the old and say hello to the new.