Buy a New Car or Fix the Old One? Six Tips on Deciding the Right Time to Move On

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:00 AM | Leave Comment

Everybody has a breaking point with a car, a point in their relationship with their automobile where they part company and buy something different.

Most penny pinchers want to make their vehicle last as long as possible, however there comes a point when you are better off buying a new one than spending money on the costs of having your car break down on you regularly.

Buy a New Car or Fix the Old One

If you are trying to decide if it’s worth fixing one more time or if you car just needs to be replaced, here are a few things to consider.

  1. Loss of Trust

    Have you been stranded roadside one too many times? You know it’s time to move on when you don’t trust your car to get you to a new job or a distant destination on time.

    Reliability is job one for the automobile, and when it can’t deliver basic transportation in your opinion, it is time to quit the car.

  2. It Pollutes and Can’t Be Fixed

    Like the old dog who has collapsed and refuses to get up, your car sometimes fails the smog test and it takes a world of patience to fix it.

    Unless your mechanic wants to do the test in your place, you may never get it to pass. It’s time to say goodbye.

    Visit Kia Utah or any dealership where you can find new cars that will easily pass inspections for years to come.

    You can choose to either scrap your old vehicle or sell it to someone who lives in a country without smog requirements, but be honest when you put it for sale.

  3. Cosmetically Challenged

    Your car may no longer attract people or impress friends. Do people get a funny look on their face or pass up on the opportunity to join you in your car?

    There are things you can do to spruce up your old vehicle, like a new paint job or ironing out the dents.

    Decide if all your car needs is a makeover or if it is time to upgrade.

  4. It’s a Car Zombie

    You know it’s time to quit when driving it into the ground isn’t working out. The thing insists on living on like a bad movie zombie.

    Your mechanic is thrilled to see you because you keep shelling out the bucks to drive it. If you want to invest the money, the car will run forever.

    At this point, it may be a good time to recycle your car. If you are spending as much money on car maintenance as you would spend on a monthly car payment, just give in and get the new car.

    Kia dealers in Utah even offer deals like zero or low interest to save you money on your monthly bills.

  5. GPS Navigation Envy

    If you are turned on by new GPS technology in car advertisements, it’s time to move on. This cognition about new technology will eat you up from the inside out.

    Depending on the car you have you may be able to install a modern GPS with DVD system, but if your car still has a built in tape player, it might be time to move on.

  6. Rust Bucket

    Depending on where you live and the salt content on the roads, some cars experience accelerated rust damage.

    When your car parts drop out of the bottom of the car because rust corrosion, it’s time to get a new car.

    Bounce on the floorboards. If they give a little, your car body is living on borrowed time.

Getting rid of your old wheels becomes worthwhile when all the benefits overwhelm you.

Maybe you can get another few years out of that costly repair, but maybe you can’t.

Weight your options and the cost of maintaining your old vehicle when compared with buying a new one.

Even if your car has been getting you around for 15 years, it just might be time to retire it.

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