Signs It’s Time For A New Car

Maybe you're holding on to an older vehicle, and you're trying to squeeze a few thousand more miles out of it, or maybe it's paid off, and you're not looking forward to taking on a new car payment. Buying a new car is a big commintment, and with monthly payments often exceeding hundreds of dollars, it's not a decision to be taken lightly. However, sometimes the pros to buying a new car outweigh the cons. Here are a few signs that indicate it's time for a new car.

  1. When the check engine light won’t go off. You’ve taken your car to the garage three times in the past year and a half to have the light turned off. First, you had the spark plugs and wires replaced, and then you paid a whopping $1500 to replace the catalytic converter. If the check engine light keeps coming back after you have addressed the main causes, it might be time to rid yourself of this continued nuisance and trade in the car while it still has value.
  2. When your car doesn’t fit your life. Maybe the two-door coupe you’ve had since college isn’t roomy enough for you and your three kids, or you didn’t use the giant bed in your F-150 like you thought you would. If your car doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore, it might be time to switch to a vehicle that does.
  3. When the cost of repairs outweighs the car’s value. Sure, you don’t have a loan payment anymore, but you’re dropping $200 here and there every other month to have some other issue fixed. Get to know the current value of your car and determine whether or not those repair and maintenance costs outweigh the car’s value.
  4. When your car isn’t as fuel-efficient as it used to be. The older a car gets, the less fuel-efficient it becomes. If your car is still less fuel-efficient than it used to be after you’ve taken all the recommended steps, you should consider buying a new one. The money you spend on wasted gas can add up in the long run.
  5. When your car is no longer safe. Your car frequently stalls in stop-and-go traffic or the engine smokes when you exceed a certain speed on the highway. Yes, you can have these issues fixed, but the older your car is, the more likely it is that those problems will come back. Your safety is worth looking into a new vehicle.

Buying a new vehicle is easy with AAA Auto Buying. Browse our inventory for a list of current vehicles or search here if you have a particular car in mind. If you want to keep your payment lower, consider purchasing a previously owned vehicle. Our AAA Auto Buying experts can help you find the right vehicle at the right price. Call 1-866-710-6226 and chat with one of our experts today.