No matter how well loved your car is or even if you almost think of it as a member of the family, there comes a time when you need to replace it.
Buying a new car can be quite stressful if it means navigating the used car market, although if you can afford to go to an authorised dealership you can get some great second hand vehicles that come with warranties and extra peace of mind.
For many of us, buying a new car means trawling the net and the ‘for sale’ sections of local papers and it isn’t something that many people enjoy. This is why we usually put the whole thing off until it becomes inevitable, but that can lead to a whole different set of problems.
So here are five telltale signs that the time has come to get a new car:
It’s normal for some steam to come out of exhaust pipes in the cold weather and as long as it stops once the engine has warmed up there’s nothing to worry about. However, if it’s thick smoke or constantly large volumes of steam it can indicate expensive and potentially damaging seal and gasket troubles.
Most cars have noises on occasion that you just can’t pin down. A loose screw rattling somewhere behind the dashboard, a stone stuck in a tyre tread, simple but annoying things that don’t mean much. However loud clanking noises or grinding sounds whilst driving can be very obvious signs that something much worse is happening.
Too many trips to the mechanic
Running a car means the occasional trip, and expense, to the mechanic’s garage. If you find yourself there too often, it’s time to think about whether or not to cut your losses and get a new car.
Most older cars will have one or two minor things that flag up each year on an MOT but if you start to dread the repairs that come with annual check it’s another important wake up call.
Lack of fun
Ultimately, part of having a car is to be able to have fun. If you find yourself putting off trips because you are worried your car won’t make it or simply that it’s too stressful then it really is time to start looking around for a replacement.
Personal credit loans are an option if you don’t have the funds available for a new car – speak with a specialist lender to see if this is the best choice for you and whether you will be able to manage the repayment plan.