Regardless of whether you’re buying your second car, on this will be your seventh, the truth of the matter is that it’s impossible not to form an attachment to it. You would’ve spent so much time in them, driving to and from places that hold memories, meeting up with loved ones, spending time with those special people, or blasting your favourite songs while on your way to work to get you into the zone. Cars become part of the family, they provide us with freedom, and are also pretty expensive to replace if things start going wrong.
Sometimes, rather than worrying about saving up or taking out a big loan to buy a new vehicle, we try doing everything we possibly can to repair any problems so that we don’t have to let our car go. Although sometimes we may know that it’s just too late, and there’s nothing more than can be done.
If you find yourself in this situation, but just can’t push yourself to let go, here’s a list of all the signs that are willing you to move on, say goodbye, and find something new.
When the safety element starts to fade
Whether you have a family or not, one of the biggest things that should concern you, is how safe your car is. If you keep finding new problems that are affecting this – don’t risk it, especially not when it’s old. With today’s technology, there are so many incredible features that help to ensure you are safe at all times. Thanks to sensors that detect exactly if and when you go over lines in the road, cameras that help you to park safely, and even monitors that detect your eyes and heart rate in case you start to become dangerously tired and are in need of a break.
When the rust starts taking over
If you start to notice that your car has started to turn a little rusty – don’t wait around in the hope of it disappearing, because it won’t. Once rust appears, it will start to spread very quickly, and trying to get rid of it all will be an extremely difficult job, as well as an awfully time-consuming one at that. Sure, if you have a genuine classic, then it may be worth it. But otherwise, it’s time to move on and stop holding onto something that’s already gone.
When the duct tape becomes too much of a feature
It’s a given fact that duct tape is an extremely useful item to have when used correctly. If you have a little bit of upholstery that has lifted slightly, or one of your lights isn’t sitting where it should, duct tape can work wonders for holding things where they need to be as a temporary fix. But the key word here though is temporary. If you find that you can barely see the colour of your car anymore, other than the gunmetal grey tape that has consumed it, then it’s probably a sign that you need a change.
When the fuel consumption becomes ridiculously high
Fuel consumption is often a primary concern of many car manufacturers, especially now that there are so many new hybrids on the market that offer incredible fuel efficiency. It’s extremely hard to compete with them. So if you have an old vehicle, it’s very likely that it is gulping down your fuel at any given chance, leaving you with an empty pocket. You may also find that it requires more fuel than it once did, and this can be put down to a leak, or the engine is just burning it a lot quicker than before.
When the internet can’t figure out where the noise is coming from
It’s one thing to call your Mum and Dad, or that Uncle that used to work in a garage, and not have any hope of figuring out your issue. It’s a whole other situation when even Google can’t solve your problem. You can only do so much searching online until you’re forced to give up because you’re not getting any answers. Don’t put off dealing with that strange rattling noise any longer – if even the mechanic has no idea, then you know it’s time to say your goodbyes.
When the minor tap becomes a major bang
If you once started out with a slight tapping sound coming from the engine, it’s very easy to eventually get used to this noise, as we tend to accept that it’s there, and then no longer get affected by the annoyance. But if that noise turns into a loud bang, then you most likely have a camshaft problem, and that means it’s terminal. The number of miles that you once imaged being able to do in your vehicle will drastically drop, changing thousands to only tens. So if you’re going to try and trade it in, now is the time – while it’s still moving; otherwise, you may just have to give in to an inevitable ending of being crushed at the local scrapyard.
When the parts don’t even exist anymore
This can often happen in older cars especially, as the world is constantly trying to modernise itself as often as possible. If you find that you need a part that has been discontinued, let the nightmare begin. Having said that, in some cases, you may find yourself to be extremely lucky, and may have a friend, or a friend of a friend who can help. Or maybe even sites like eBay may have people selling an old part for a few extra bucks. But you will most likely find that these will no longer be available, and that means it’s the end of the road for your car. One benefit you may be able to get out of this situation though, is by selling your spares if you have any that are in a decent working condition.
When someone asks if you have considered trading it in
There may come a time where someone that makes money by fixing up cars – whether than be a member of the family or a friend, tells you that maybe you should trade in what you currently have. When this happens, you should know that the time is near. Experts tend to know exactly how much every individual part of a car costs, while taking into account the make and model too, so they’re usually helping you out when trading, as their goal isn’t to have you out on a good deal, it’s merely to save you time and money, while they benefit from it too.
When the car doesn’t suit what you need anymore
Back in the day when you first bought your car, the features, size, and overall performance were there to give you exactly what you needed at the time. But as you get older, you may have new needs that need to be met, and what you have right now may not be able to give you them. This may be that your large family SUV is just too big and bulky now that your kids have grown up and are driving themselves, in that case, you may better suit a Subaru Liberty for example.
When the repairs become more expensive than the car
Jobs that can be done yourself aren’t too outrageously priced, but when you have to start calling in the professionals to fix multiple different things – it’s not going to be cheap. There’s only so much money you can keep handing over until you realise that this may be a waste of your time and money. Why keep emptying your bank on something that is already gone, when you can put that towards something new?
So as you can see, there comes a time where you just need to look at all the possible options you have. If your car does any of these things on the list, it means that it’s time to move on. It’s not worth the risk of keeping something that is slowly dying on you. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Letting go of something that has forever been your noble steed is going to be hard. You’ve spent so much time together, and although people may say it’s ‘only a car’ – merely a materialistic object – you know that it is so much more than that. You somehow end up creating a bond with this piece of metal, and you rely on it so much within all different aspects of your life. So the idea of letting it go is never going to feel good. It’s just about accepting that it’s gone as far as it can go, and now it’s time to make a new connection, with a new friend. Embrace it. You’ll soon make new memories.