When you buy a car, your first thought and plan is to derive maximum usage out of the vehicle. Modern-day compacts, sedans, and SUVs are designed for daily city or highway driving, but certain limitations exist. There is only so much usage you can get out of any vehicle before it’s time to bid farewell and upgrade to a newer, more efficient car. Some common signs indicate it’s time to make a smart switch.
Check engine light
Have you ever noticed this small blinking light on the dash? Different car manufacturers use a unique style logo. But this indicator light resembles a side view outline of the engine. If the check engine light blinks continuously, it’s a sign that engine output affects your car’s overall performance. It’s just a precursor to significant engine malfunctions that can have the car totaled soon. So be prepared to upgrade or trade in your old vehicle.
Multiple performance issues and repeated breakdowns are obvious signs you need to buy a new car. There will come a time when your current vehicle could be more fuel efficient and becomes a gas guzzler. Breakdowns will force you to shell out money for repairs, maintenance, and part replacements. Your current car may also become highly unreliable for driving on the freeway at high speeds. Moreover, if the vehicle doesn’t pass safety inspections, then it’s a clear sign to consider overhauling the current vehicle.
Growing family size
Compact cars are suitable for a family of four, but there may not be enough space left to haul extra luggage. But when more family members rely on the vehicle for transport, it’s a clear sign to upgrade to a bigger sedan or SUV with more boot space. A bigger vehicle is also much more suited for long-haul drivers due to the sheer comfort features like better legroom, headroom, and extra boot space.
The car has been driven beyond recommended miles
If your vehicle has already exceeded the recommended miles safely driven, it’s also better to consider an upgrade or trade-in for a new vehicle. For example, a conventional vehicle can be driven 200,000 miles, and more advanced electric vehicles can easily drive 300,000 miles. With many options available today across dozens of car manufacturers, most car owners exchange or upgrade before the vehicle crosses this mark.