When Should You Get Rid of an Old Car?

We talk often about our new and used cars at Harbin Automotive, but when doing so, we sometimes leave out an essential portion of the equation in the process: the fact that you likely already own a car when you decide to purchase a new one. Sometimes our cars become like members of our families, and we become a little more loyal than we should be. So that begs the question: when should you get rid of an old car? Here are a few signs that your rustbucket’s best years are behind it, and that it might be time to consider an upgrade.

used cars scottsboro alThe repairs have become ungodly expensive. It’s a tale as old as time itself: you go in for what you think will be routine maintenance, then the service tech tells you that, nope, you’ve got a laundry list of things that are about to go out. Belts, valves, gaskets, the works. Next thing you know, your easy Saturday $100 fee turns into something that might require a black market kidney sale. So, what’s a person to do? What’s the absolute worst, and most expensive, is this…

Your engine is beginning to go out. Most fixes require a bit of patience and a reasonable portion of your paycheck. However, when your engine begins to go, brother, you’ve got a whole ‘nuther list of things to think about. An engine can easily go 200,000 miles or more if it’s properly cared for, but once it decides to make its way for the exit, it sure lets you know. Whining, knocking, making an absolute ruckus. And replacing it isn’t cheap. That’s why many owners choose to get a new vehicle rather than deal with the uncertainty of a failing engine.

New technology beckons. Since virtually all of us now have smartphones, it becomes pretty necessary that our cars and phones are simpatico. That means that things like Bluetooth phone connectivity, streaming audio and GPS are important, and that it’s high priority to find a car that can meet this need. That’s why we see people turning up at Harbin asking about touchscreens, infotainment systems and cars with 4G LTE WiFi.

The old car is just plain embarrassing to drive. Loyalty can only go so far. When everything sounds like it’s falling apart, when the color of your car can accurately be described as “rust,” it’s time to cut bait on your old car. That’s what we’re here for at Harbin Auto, and we’ve got cars for every budget under the sun.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking to step up your automotive game, we encourage you to click the link below and look at our many affordable used options!

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