4 Signs It’s Time to Trade in Your Car for a New Model

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Choosing to trade your car in for another model is a decision that requires consideration. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to know when to take the plunge. Here are four signs that it’s time to say goodbye to your old car and hello to a new one.

  1. Interior Condition

Owning a car is a commitment. But if your car’s interior is falling apart, it might be time to break up with it. Just like the exterior, your car’s interior plays an important role in keeping your car functioning. Ripped fabric, windows that leak, and broken knobs all make the car difficult to drive. It may even compromise your safety if there are holes in the floor or fluids leaking into the interior. While it is true that a car interior goes through a lot over time, there’s a difference between wear and deterioration.

  1. Increased Fuel Costs

Filling up your tank takes money and sometimes the cost of gasoline surges. If you’re noticing that your gas costs are only increasing, maybe it’s more than just gas prices. Fuel efficiency plays a part in helping keep money in your pocket at the pump. Cars improve their fuel efficiency with each passing model year. If your car is older, chances are that your rising fuel costs are due to how it consumes fuel. Conduct research on your current vehicle and compare it to newer models to see how you can reduce your fuel costs.

  1. Safety Issues

Safety matters when you’re driving. Sometimes front airbags and seat belts aren’t enough to ensure you’ll be safe while driving on the road. Existing safety features could stop working, which compromises your safety. Not to mention that older cars, even those manufactured within the last seven to ten years, do not always have standard modern safety features, like a backup camera.

They may also lack Bluetooth and side air bags for hands-free phone operation and accident safety. So, if your car has issues with existing safety features and lacks increasing standard features, consider trading up. By doing so, you’ll have the option to add modern features, like lane keep assist and forward collision warning, to give you extra peace of mind.

  1. Increased Repair Costs

Car maintenance is a fact of car ownership and so is the cost of it. At some point, every driver has spent money on both routine work and emergency repairs. Sometimes it’s too much or, at the very least, more than the car is worth. Always consider the costs of repairs carefully and weigh them against the car’s value. If repair costs rise consistently and are exceeding the car’s value, consider trading it in for another model.

Making the decision to get a new model car is a complicated process, in part because it means giving up your old car. Luckily, the knowledgeable team at Autoflex Leasing can help answer any questions you have and help you find the right car for your needs. Visit them today!