As you stand there listening to what needs repaired, you can’t help but wonder if it’s even worth it. After all, you’re now on a first-name basis with your mechanic. In fact, they may have even started taking bets on when you’ll be returning to the shop.
When it comes to deciding when enough is enough, it’s not always an easy decision. When you can’t really afford a new car but also can’t keep paying for repairs, you need to find a resolution fast. If you find yourself in this position and you’re not sure what to do, read on to learn when it’s time to say farewell to that clunker and hello to a new set of wheels.
Repairs Costs Keep Increasing
It doesn’t matter whether your car is brand new or you’re driving your mom’s old Toyota, all cars need maintenance. But when routine maintenance turns into monthly repairs, especially for the same issue, it might be time to throw in the towel. Mounting repair costs may leave you paying more than the whole car is really worth.
Another reason repair prices may increase is if the car company goes out of business or is too far away to get parts cheaply. Shipping parts from overseas or hunting down rare parts can really drive up the cost of even a simple repair. Think about whether what you’re paying for your repairs are really worth it.
If your car continues to need the same type of repairs, even if you just had it done, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Aside from replacing your tires, windshield wipers, and oil, you really shouldn’t need to have the same issue repaired more than once.
You can try visiting different mechanics, but if the same issue is coming up again and again, it’s probably an issue with your car rather than the repairs. You can also do some research and learn about what recurring issues your car model might have.
It’s Unsafe to Drive
Even after you’ve paid through the nose, your car might not be safe to drive. If you feel uneasy driving your car, it’s time to say farewell. Not only is driving a car that constantly breaks down a risk to you, but it’s risky for the drivers around you, too.
No One Wants to Buy It
You decided that you’re tired of paying for repairs and decide to sell your car. Unfortunately, even after lowering the asking price, there are no takers. People looking for a used car still want one that’s reliable and will last for several years. If you’re unable to sell your car, you might want to scrap it.
You can find companies willing to buy apparently useless cars by going online and searching “sell my junk car.” These companies may restore old cars, but more likely, they use or sell the still working parts from your car.
Even if your car has sentimental value, there comes a time when it’s just not worth the effort it takes to keep it on the road. So, if you find yourself having to repair your car more than you actually drive it, do yourself a favor and give it a junk dealer.