Has your old car been giving you warning signs of its imminent demise? Your trusted, faithful vehicle has been by your side for years like an old friend, but sadly, its useful life is coming to an end.
Every vehicle will eventually give out. The trick is to spot the signs you should retire your old car before you’re forced to do so ― that way you can make sure to receive top dollar as payback on your initial investment, whether that means selling the vehicle whole or for parts.
Here are five signs you might need to face the fact that your old car is on its way out:
1. You Pay Hundreds or Thousands in Repairs Every Year
If you have one major repair that must be completed and it costs more than your car is worth, it is time to ditch your old ride, no doubt about it. But what about all the little repairs you made over the course of this year? A few hundred dollars here and there adds up quickly, maybe without you even realizing it.
You should tally up the costs of repairs and maintenance for your old car and view the figures in black and white: If you’re paying more than half of what your car is worth, it’s time to find a new vehicle.
2. Your Car Is Seriously Rusty
If you live in a salty sea air climate or your local municipality uses deicing salts in the winter to clear the roads, the underbelly of your car could be completely rusted out and you may not even notice.
Maybe you were in a car accident a few years back that chipped away at your car’s finish and corrosion set in. Whatever the cause, a car with rusty parts is not safe or reliable ― you need a new set of wheels as soon as possible.
3. Your Fuel Efficiency Is a Joke
With all of today’s modern technological advancements, your vehicle may very well be costing you more than twice as much at the gas pump than it would if you were driving a model five to 10 years newer. Not only is upgrading an outdated car good for your wallet in terms of gas, you can do your part to contribute to fewer emissions released into the environment.
4. You’re Wary of Your Current Vehicle’s Safety
Are there recalls open on your car? It’s no wonder. It may be missing some modern safety features, including adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance assistance and more. While these features may not completely guard against an accident, they can drastically reduce the severity of any collision and potentially save your life — and that’s worth the money to upgrade.
5. The Mileage Is Surprisingly High
You may be of the mindset that your car’s useful life is only just beginning when it reaches 100,000 miles, but once it starts to climb upward of 150,000, you should definitely prepare for a transition to a new vehicle. You may get lucky and drive your car past 200,000 miles, but you’d be in the minority of vehicle owners.
Talk to Western Auto Wrecking if you’d like to learn more about your options for selling your old car parts for cash ― you can subsidize your new vehicle purchase easily and quickly, making the new car-buying process much more palatable.