Is your car more trouble than it’s worth? Signs that it’s time for a new car

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Is your car more trouble than it’s worth? Signs that it’s time for a new car

Everyone knows that cars depreciate in value as they get older. More than that, however, they become more trouble than they’re worth and you end up spending chunks of your savings on a run-down car that, now, adds up to more than what you first paid for it.

There’s a reason they keep making new cars that are better, economical, safer and more comfortable. And it might just be time for whip out the car financing calculator, do what you need to do for pre-approved vehicle finance and find yourself a new car. If you’re still holding on to the hope that your car is still “alright”, know for sure by looking out for any of the following signs.


There’s a special way to start your car

If you have to do more than simply insert your car key into the ignition and turn the car on to start it, you need a new car. In fact, if you need to do anything in a special way to get your car to work – to see out of the windows or close the doors – you need a new car.

Cars aren’t supposed to be complicated to drive or keep together. And as much as you consider these things as unique “quirks”, they could lead to serious and expensive complications that you’d rather not be in.

Also, you shouldn’t find yourself defending your car when someone else is driving it. “Oh, it does that sometimes” is not comforting to whoever has to figure how to drive your, otherwise, normal car. If it’s no longer a straightforward process to drive your car, that’s a sign that it might be time for a new one. You don’t need to push to see how long you can keep it functioning in its special way because you might end up stranded on the side of the road or losing control of the car altogether. Neither of which are safe scenarios to find yourself in.

You have plenty of options when it comes to buying a car. You could buy brand new, used, at a car auction or through private car sales. And all those options have cars on offer at different prices, many of which you will be able to afford.


Its age is a crime

Yes, it's possible to be fined for the age of your car. Okay, so, it’s not so much it’s age as its effect on the environment as a result of when it was manufactured that you can be fined for. They’ve already started this in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world where older modelled vehicles that emit substantially more fumes than today’s cars, are fined for the air pollution they produce.

And while there aren’t strict laws against it yet in South Africa, you shouldn’t be content with the fact that your car is killing the air around it every time you switch it on in your special way. Do the environment a favour and apply for pre-approved vehicle finance today and start browsing for an economical and eco-friendly vehicle alternative to drive around in.


It has minimal safety features

Another problem you might be experiencing in your current car is that you only have the minimal safety features. Airbags and an antilock braking system are important but there have been new safety feature developments that can end up saving you and your car from harm.

The latest vehicle safety features that you’re missing out on are adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection and assisted parking and reverse. Drivers have become too confident or too lazy on the roads and in order to do something about the shocking motor vehicle accident statistics in this country, these safety features are a necessity.

And, unfortunately, it’s not about your driving skills on the road. You might be an excellent driver in your ”quirky” car. It's about the other drivers and how these safety features can protect you from them. All you need to do is upgrade to a newer model and you can benefit.


Your car is a regular at the mechanic

If you’re looking for another sign that it’s time for a new car, take a look at the time stamps on your service repair receipts. If your car is a regular customer in the mechanic’s garage, you’re going to end up spending more money on trying to fix the car than you did to buy the car in the first place. By this point, your car is more trouble than it’s worth and you should take the money you’re about to spend on yet another repair and put it towards a downpayment for a new one.

If you can tick off even just one of the above, you need to start browsing for new cars from private car sales or dealerships. Both could offer you something better than what you’re currently driving.  

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