7 Signs It's Time For a New Car

Posted by: Lydia on 22/08/2018

Category: General

Buying a new car is always an exciting event. All the variety on offer can leave you feeling like a kid in a candy store. But while the process of getting a new set of wheels can be fun, sometimes it’s difficult to know if you actually need a new car, or if you just want one.

So how do you know if you should get a new ride? Here are 7 signs it might be time to replace your current car.

1. It no longer suits your needs

As every Aussie goes through adult life, odds are good they’ve heard ‘It’s not you, it’s me!’ once or twice. Beyond any dating adventures, this same rule can apply to your current car. It may have started off good, but you now feel it’s just not the right ride for your future.

There could be many reasons for this. Maybe you bought a compact car while living in the inner city, but now you need some real ‘oomph’ for your daily commute from the outer suburbs. Maybe you were once a happy petrolhead ready to burn both fuel and a hole in your wallet, but now you want a car that has greater fuel efficiency. Whatever the case, your needs have evolved and you need to make a change.

2. It no longer suits your family’s needs

It’s always easy to buy a car when you’re single, as you only need to account for the needs of one person. But in the years since you bought the car, you may have met someone special, gotten married, and maybe even had kids together. Sure, you may still love that 2-door sports car, but it may also be pretty impractical for doing the school run.

It’s not breaking news that swapping to a new car can be a bit of an adjustment. At the same time, that old stereotype that there are no cool cars out there for a young mum or dad is just plain wrong. Alongside stylish sedans, there’s a huge selection of 4WDs and 4x4s available to satisfy a gearhead who doubles as the family taxi driver.

3. Big expenses keep adding up

Every car will come with ongoing maintenance costs. But when your current car is constantly delivering up big new expenses month after month, it can be really disheartening and put a big dent in your wallet. Occasionally some motorists get really lucky and find a car that just won’t quit, but that’s pretty rare.

For most drivers, wear and tear is just a reality of car ownership. With ongoing maintenance and care you can slow down the rate of decline, but you’ll never beat it altogether. So if it feels like your car spends more time in the mechanic’s garage than in your own, it’s probably time for a new ride.

4. It’s not reliable

Even if your car runs fine most of the time, if it can’t be relied on all the time, that’s an issue. Any car can develop a problem while out on the road, or sustain a tyre puncture due to some bad luck, but if every time you turn the key you worry about what will go wrong next, that’s a clear indicator that your current ride is no longer for you.

5. It’s no longer cost-efficient

As monthly repair costs add up, you might find yourself paying more attention to new cars on the market, vehicles that could save you a pretty penny on operating expenses like fuel, maintenance, or insurance. This becomes particularly true as we shift decisively into the hybrid and electric era of cars.

Sure, there remain some kinks to work out before these new autos find widespread adoption. The higher purchase price of many electric cars compared to gas-powered ones can also feel like a barrier to buying. But overall, if the sums show you’d save money buying a new car versus keeping your old one, it’s a good sign it's time to switch.

6. It’s missing a lot of modern features

In addition to greater fuel efficiency, modern cars also come with lots of bells and whistles – features you’ve been missing out on if it’s been years since you bought your last car. There’s a lot to be said for being a bit patient when it comes to buying a new car, as waiting a couple of years for a big jump in technology is often more satisfying than trading-in regularly for a small upgrade, but it’s a different story if your current car is giving you problems.

Swapping to a new vehicle can eliminate the frustration you regularly feel with your current car, getting you into a new vehicle that’ll give you a pain-free experience. All the new modern upgrades and features are really just a bonus.

7. It’s just not fun anymore

It’s no secret that car ownership comes with responsibilities and ongoing costs like maintenance. That’s just part of the deal of owning an auto. Nonetheless, these tasks should not totally overpower the fun and enjoyment that driving should bring.

Are you constantly worried about what could go wrong next with your car and the repair bills you keep racking up? Do you feel like swapping to a new car would give you a fresh start? Does looking at new cars make you long for more cost efficiency, new features, and even just a more modern style? If you answered yes to any of these, then it’s likely time for a new car.

With over 19 million vehicles in Australia, there are always plenty of autos being bought and sold. It can be tough to say goodbye to your current car, especially if it's served you well for a long time.

But it’s always great to get your hands on a new set of keys, and know you’ve bought a vehicle that should see you through for many years to come. So even if you’re sad to say goodbye to your current car, your next one should put the smile right back on your dial.

How do you know when it’s time for a new car? Let us know in the comments below:

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