People don’t often consider when they should buy a different car until they notice parts falling off in their driveway. It’s worth the time, stress and money to take a moment to walk around your car and ask if maybe it’s time. You’ll be glad you asked the question while your car is sitting in your driveway and not broken down on the side of the road while on vacation hundreds of miles from home. These are some signs it’s time to start car shopping again.
You always take your car in for regular oil changes and maintenance, but now you notice those trips are getting more expensive. At around 120,000 miles, cars begin to show their age by needing new timing belts or water pumps, among many other potentially expensive repairs. Putting that money into a good used car might make better sense than spending $1,000 each time you drive to the repair shop.
When you get in your car and pray you make it each time you head to a destination, it’s a sign that it’s time for another car. You’ll save yourself some stress when you know you have reliable transportation. This is especially true if you have a spouse, then you are even more concerned when they drive the car, fearing that the car could break down on them, and hoping they arrive without any problems. You will both have less anxiety when you know you are driving a reliable car.
The 1967 Volkswagen – you know, the one with hand-painted flowers on the side that you’ve been driving since college – may look odd in the parking lot of your new corporate job. At this point in your life, it’s time to trade up to something that you feel more confident in and won’t be embarrassed by when you take your co-workers to lunch.
You’re married and preparing your life for children. It’s time to trade in that two-door convertible for a family-friendly vehicle. You’ll want something that’s easy to get your kids in an out of and will keep everyone safe. Some people prefer the mini-van option. If you’re not one of those people, you’re sure to find another newer model car that will fit your family’s needs.
You might realize that you’re driving a car that has a seatbelt as its only safety option. The older, safety-conscious you knows you should be driving something safer. Modern safety equipment on cars include driver, passenger, and side airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes and traction control. Upgrading to a newer car is one way to keep you and your family safe on the road.
That SUV you bought when you were making six figures may be tough to afford once your finances have changed. This has been the case for many Americans in the past few years. Until you get back on your feet, trade it in for something that better suits your new budget. Stop making those high car payments and keep some of it for those essentials you need to cover right now.
If you have had difficulty with your credit, such as a bankruptcy or late payments, then buying a used car can help. Used car dealerships, especially “buy here pay here” dealerships like ours, often specialize in helping people with credit problems are one step on the path to rebuilding your good credit. Find a nice car and make the monthly payments on time and you’ll get positive notes on your credit report.
If you’ve experienced any of these scenarios with your current car, it’s time to start looking for a different one. Make the change to a different car soon, before you’re on the side of the road and are left with no other choice.