Wanting a new car and actually needing a new car are two different things. Unless you have expendable income begging to be spent, many of us need to wait until we actually need a new car before taking the plunge.
Right about now, you may be asking yourself—but how do I know when it’s time to get rid of my old car?
While that answer is different for everyone, here are a few good reasons it might be time to trade in your old car for something better.
Safety – If your car doesn’t have anti-lock brakes, a full suite of airbags, traction control, and good safety ratings, it’s time to make the plunge. All of the previously mentioned safety features are required in modern cars, and contribute to the every-day safety of drivers. Additionally, today’s vehicles offer long lists of advanced safety features, designed to assist drivers in visibility, focus, and control on the road.
Reliability – If your car is less-than-reliable, it’s time to upgrade. Today’s cars are designed to last well-over 200,000 miles without losing function or reliability.
Cost of maintenance – If you’re spending more time and money in the shop than you can reasonably afford, you may want to consider upgrading to a new vehicle or a certified used vehicle with an extended warranty. While you might have a higher monthly car payment, you won’t have to worry about unpredictable repair bills.
Space or capability –
If you’ve outgrown your vehicle, or need enhanced capability (like the ability to tow), your lifestyle may depend on finding a better fit.
Here are some other factors to consider before heading to the dealership.
If you’re ready to explore your options for upgrading to a new vehicle, stop by Shuman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!