We can all get attached to our cars. After all, our cars can become a part of us, especially if we use them every day. But whether you're trying to hold on to your current car for as long as possible or simply are curious about what's out there, here's a helpful guide that will allow you to assess your particular situation:
The Repairs/Maintenance Issues are Becoming More Frequent
Repairs and various maintenance issues are a normal part of having a car...but that's if they don't occur all of the time. If you've noticed an uptick in the amount of issues that your car may be having, such as issues with the exhaust systems, the engine, the radiators, and so forth, it might be time to consider finally switching over to a new car.
It's not only about avoiding the inconvenience of having to constantly take your car in for repairs or maintenance, but it's also an issue of safety. Having your car break down as you're driving can put your life and the lives of others at risk.
The Repair and Maintenance Costs Aren't Worth It
Ask yourself another question: instead of constantly having to pay for costly repairs to keep your car running smoothly, would it instead be better to trade it in or sell it for a new car? One helpful tip is to add up all of your repair costs for the year and see how much the amount would differ from making monthly car payments on a new car.
You Want the Latest Safety Features
Newer car models have additional safety features, many of which now come standard, that older cars simply can't compete with. Some of these safety features include:
- Forward-collision warning;
- Curtain airbags;
- Rear-facing camera;
- Electronic stability control;
- Lane departure warning;
- Blind spot warning;
- Automatic braking.
Not all of these features will come standard with newer cars, but you can expect at least some of them, with the option to add more on. If you have children, these are features that you might want to consider, especially since they have been proven to work.
Connectivity is Important
Assuming that your current car doesn't have much in the way of connectivity, if you are someone who always likes to stay connected, newer car models will be perfect for you. The standard connectivity features in new cars include:
- Bluetooth connectivity (useful for hands-free calls);
- USB ports.
Other additional connectivity features that may not come standard, but are optional, may include:
- Built-in GPS navigation;
- Voice command features;
- App integration capabilities, such as for music streaming services.
Your smartphone will be able to become an extension of your vehicle.
Only you can decide if it's time to buy a new car, but with auto loan rates still extremely low, now is a good time to finally make the switch!
At A-1 Auto Transport, we'll do our best to work with you on transporting your vehicle from a rural area. Our team of experts will be completely transparent on how the entire process works. Make sure to contact us today for your free quote!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.