5 Signs You Need a New Car (Updated)
Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/3/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.Holding onto a car that’s still chugging along makes sense, especially if you’re enjoying a payment-free model! But there will come a time when you’ll need to retire old faithful and invest in a new vehicle that’s likely a lot more reliable, too.Here are five signs it’s time to give your tried-and-true vehicle a rest.1. It’s becoming an embarrassment. Got teenagers? They’ll act as a “thermostat” for your car’s embarrassing factor. Know that if you’re being asked to drop your kid several blocks from school or a friend’s house, they’re probably embarrassed to be seen in your car.2. It’s guzzling gas. Sure, the lack of car payment is a definite plus, but if you’re paying through the nose to fill up every week, you’ll want a fuel-efficient car – especially if you drive a lot.3. It’s not even close to being green. Paying more for gas is one thing. But consider your car’s effect on the environment. Older cars often lack the modern technologies that help new cars consume less energy. If yours is creeping up there in age, consider doing your part to keep the environment clean.4. It’s a hassle. As your car ages, expect to experience more breakdowns. Not only are they a nuisance, if you’re having to invest money in repairs and time and effort into getting a ride here and there, an older car is just not worth it.5. It’s unreliable. On your way to an interview and your car breaks down? Starting a new job and you can’t get there on time? An unreliable car can sabotage your reputation, and maybe even your livelihood. Is it time for an upgrade?If you’ve been holding onto a car that’s been good to you but are experiencing the hassles, unreliability, gas-hogging, embarrassing downsides, it’s time to put it to bed. Celebrate how good your car has been to you, but rejoice all the way to the dealership to buy your new car. And be the proud owner of a reliable, fuel-efficient new best friend.For help choosing a car that’s the right fit for you, contact Serra Honda.