Cars become part of the family.  They take you where you want to go and get you there safely and reliably.  It can be hard to let go of a car, especially if you’ve been through a lot, but it’s important to recognize the signs of when it might be time to say goodbye.  Think about a few of these ideas to make it a little easier for when you have to make a big decision.

If You’re Putting More Money Into it

Cars can be expensive to upkeep.  Especially when they get a little older.  The more money you put into your current car could be money going towards a newer, more reliable car.  Think about when expenses get high, it might be time to think about other options.  You want to strike a balance between investing more money into a sinking ship or investing in a newer ship.

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Trade in/Resale Value

A good thing to keep in mind is the trade in or resale value of your car.  Always keep an idea in your mind what you could currently get for your car.  You don’t want to let too much time go by while your current car loses trade in or resale value month after month.  Know the more mileage and wear and tear, the value goes down.  Keeping this information close will save you any shock when you do actually go to trade in or sell your vehicle.

Start Looking

It’s always better to have the luxury of time.  Start looking and shopping for your next car before you need it.  Search around for competitive good deals and offers way before you are stuck without a car due to an unforeseen circumstance.  You’ll have your research already done and can work the car lots and their salesmen instead of them working you.  Save yourself the pressure of needing a car ASAP and being victim to anything you can come across. 

Switch it Up

When you think about your current car, think about what you love about it, and what would you change or add to make it fit your lifestyle.  Maybe you want to try a hybrid car or electric vehicle if you aren’t putting large mileage on your car every day.  Consider your lifestyle and what you use your car for.  If you like camping and being outdoors, maybe you want something with all terrain driving.  Your lifestyle can change throughout your life, so can your car to match it.  Always be open to changing it up and trying something new.  You’ll never know until you try.

It can be really hard to accept change and let go of something that has been with you for a while.  If you take stock of your current vehicle and think that maybe a change is in order, don’t be afraid to take the leap.  There are plenty of ways to make your car work for you and your life.