When is it Time for a New Car?  | Scott's Fort Collins Auto

When is it Time for a New Car? 

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If you’ve had your car for a while, you may be wondering when it’s time to upgrade. If you find yourself needing repairs done on your car over and over again, it could be time to consider when you should continue with the repairs vs. when you should consider finding a new car. 

When Cars Begin Experiencing Problems

When new cars experience problems and breakdowns, it’s generally considered an inconvenience. However, when a car has been on the road for several years and is constantly breaking down or in need of repairs, you may want to consider whether or not it might be time to find a new vehicle. 

Significance of Car Maintenance Costs

The cost of car maintenance can add up over time, and when you consider that new cars don’t require nearly as much upkeep in the beginning stages, it might be worth looking into your next vehicle. The longer you drive a specific type of car after its warranty has expired, the more likely it will begin to experience problems. In addition, new cars require less maintenance at the get-go.

Car Age

The age of your car is another factor to consider when deciding if it might be time for a new vehicle. Many new vehicles last an average of about 12 years before their value has significantly depreciated and they begin experiencing problems that you can’t afford to fix.

When Is It Time For A New Car?

If your car breaks down frequently or if repairs are becoming too costly, you might want to consider when it is time for a new car. If your current vehicle is over 15 years old and you’re thinking about buying another new vehicle, it might be time to consider when to continue with the repairs vs. when to look for a newer car.

When Should You Repair?

This is a tough question to answer because everyone has different financial situations. If you have the money, it may be time to consider new vehicle options when your car repairs top thousands of dollars or if they happen more than every two months. Even though new cars are expensive, sometimes fixing an old one isn’t worth it anymore and new vehicles can be a better investment. At Scott’s Auto, we will always be honest with you about when we believe repairs are the best option or when you should look for a different vehicle.

Common Problems in Older Vehicles 

As vehicles age, different parts can begin to experience wear and tear.  If your car is experiencing multiple problems, you may want to consider buying new. Consumer Reports lists that concerning issues with older vehicles can include:

  • Brake problems. Spongy or sinking brake pedals can be a sign of failing breaks as they get older.
  • Mechanical life components. Even the strongest original parts will wear out with age.
  • Noisy exhaust system. If your exhaust system is reaching the end of its life because your car will get increasingly louder.
  • Electrical components are beginning to fail. Older cars will begin to experience issues with power windows, windshield wipers, and even the instrument panel.
  • Moisture buildup. If it seems that the inside of your windshield is always fogging up or if you’re losing coolant, it’s likely that the heater core is beginning to fail.
  • Outdated shocks and struts. If your car is bouncing as you drive then you may need new shocks or struts or uneven tire wear.
  • Failing radiator. A failing radiator or thermostat can cause the engine to overheat and become overworked.
  • Oil consumption and leaks. Increased oil consumption happens in older cars, so don’t worry if you experience this problem with your older car. However, if you think you’re topping off the oil too often, it could mean there’s a bigger leak.

If these concerns start becoming a regular part of your vehicle ownership, it may make sense to start looking for new vehicles.

Call Scott’s Auto

If you’re having regular issues with your car, bring your car to our professionals at Scott’s Auto. At any of our locations, our team will be straight with you on the status of your car and give you their trusted, reliable recommendation. Stop on by today!


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