When Is It Time To Junk Your Car?

November 20, 2023

For many people, their car is more than just a means of transport, it’s a sentimental reminder of family road trips or a time in their life that they will always remember. This can make it difficult to let go of an old car, especially when the check engine light is flashing or the rust is taking over. However, cars are not built to last forever and you need to accept that the day will come when your vehicle is no longer fit for the road.

When you are not using your car and it is parked more often than it is being driven, it is a sign that you should start considering junking your car. This could be because you have bought a new car, or your lifestyle has changed to the point that your current car is no longer suited for what you need it for.

It’s also time to junk your car when the cost of repairs is outweighing the value of the vehicle. If you are constantly having to invest in fixing your car, it might be more affordable to simply buy a new one and put the money towards a down payment or purchase outright.

Another big sign that it’s time to junk your car is if the vehicle no longer meets the safety standards required by law. If your car is older than the early 2000’s, it may fall well below modern safety regulation requirements and can be downright dangerous to drive.


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