5 signs that it’s time to change your car



Here are five signs that it’s probably time to replace your car writes Geraldine Herbert

There are many ways to justify changing your car but sometimes it is not simply a choice rather there comes a point when your long-suffering vehicle just can’t be expected to go on

1. Your mechanic knows you by name – Costly repairs are the first sign that you may need a new set of wheels. Generally, if your monthly car maintenance expenses are beginning to exceed the cost of a new car payment then it makes financial sense to consider your options.

2. Your car has failed the NCT – More than half the cars tested by the NCT fail and that can result in anything from a new tyre to the car needing to be scrapped. A serious fail requiring costly repairs or expensive parts is a sign that it may be time to part company.

3. You are spending more time at fueling stations– Poor fuel economy is one of the signs that you need a new car.

4. It no longer meets your needs – Has the size of your family changed? Maybe your two-seater convertible is no longer appropriate for your growing family? There are many factors in your life that force you to reevaluate what you need from your car and help you determine whether or not you need to replace your existing one.

5. It’s unreliable – If every time you go on a long journey you have to worry about making it back home safely, is it worth it?


Geraldine Herbert


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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