How to Decide When it’s Time to Get a New Vehicle
5 Signs Showing Upgrade is Necessary
If you have had your vehicle for more than a few years, you have likely developed a sentimental attachment to it. You know how it functions, you know its smell, you’ve been on many good trips together. It’s hard to let go of the things that have brought you memories. And you may be dragging your feet when it comes time to get a new vehicle.
Sentimental or not, there’s a tipping point when it’s time to upgrade. There’s always that gut feeling that you know you should, but then you suppress it. Now is the time to let logic overtake the emotions, and let go of that vehicle that is holding you back. Here are 5 signs that say, “it’s time to let go.”
You Need Better Safety
Vehicle safety technology is constantly changing. Just take a look at the self driving cars we have today that were hardly even a concept 20 years ago. Now, there’s lane departure warnings, automatic braking, backup cameras, and much more. Everyone can use a vehicle that is safer.
If you have had a change in your life recently, you may be considering your own mortality. Perhaps you were recently married. Maybe you had a child. Perhaps again parents are relying on you to help take care of them. You need to be able to get around town safely, and upgrading your vehicle is one step to do that.
It’s in the Shop… a Lot
Like anything (with the exception of a fine wine), vehicles will get worse with age. Parts wear out, things break, recalls happen, and you end up breaking down. It’s going to happen at some point if you have a vehicle that is more than a few years old. But when is the tipping point?
If you’re putting less than $1,000/year into your vehicle repairs (that’s not counting maintenance like brakes, oil changes, and the like), then you are still probably doing okay. If your vehicle is breaking down more than a couple of times every year, though, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Not only are you spending a lot of money keeping your mechanic in business, you have the inconvenience of not having access to the vehicle for a while.
It’s Getting Uncomfortable to Drive
Just like the engine wears out, the interior wears out as well. Modern vehicles feel good to sit inside. And they should, everything is fresh and new. But over time, things start to wear out and they just don’t feel quite as good anymore.
Springs and cushions in the seats give way. Air conditioners don’t blow as cold, and heaters don’t blow as hot. Windshields get tiny nicks in them making it hard to see out the front. Seatbelts don’t auto-retract like they once did. If you’re in an older vehicle, you know what I mean! It’s just not fun to sit in it any longer.
You have been in a Fender Bender
Most fender benders should be fixed. There could be underlying damage that you can’t see until the panels are pulled off and a professional can take a look. But often, especially with older vehicles that were built with thicker metal, that’s not exactly the case.
While you can bring any age of vehicle in to Big Sky Collision Center for auto body repairs, sometimes the vehicle isn’t worth a lot. You have small dents, dings, and crunched fenders that you are driving around with. If you would rather trade it in than get the repairs done (many people do that), then an upgrade is in your future.
You Rely on the Vehicle for Your Commute
As we mentioned earlier, older vehicles break down more often than newer vehicles. Repairs at the mechanic can set you back quite a bit of money. But what about the inconvenience of not having a vehicle? What would happen if you break down during your morning commute?
If you rely on your vehicle to get to work on time. And if your job isn’t very flexible about showing up a little late, then it may be time to upgrade to something more reliable. Even in the day of calling an Uber from wherever you happen to be, reliability can be near priceless in a vehicle.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want to make sure of two things: you’re safe on the road and you’re happy driving. Having a newer vehicle can make both of those things happen. If you do get in an accident, come see us. We take the steps to ensure that your vehicle is restored to full factory safety standards, so you can get back to that safe, reliable, and fun-to-drive vehicle.