Fall Car Care for Busy Women [ Checklist ]

By Dane posted on 11/21/17

Think you need a lot of time to care for you car?

Think again!

Just because you don’t have a lot of time to spend on car care, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things that you can to take care of your car this fall in just a few minutes.

Fall car care is just as important as winter and summer car care. And just a little auto care can go a long way to helping your car run well all the way to spring.

So what can you do to care for your car in about 5 minutes for each task?

Fall Car Care for Busy Women

Wash the inside of your cars windows

Winter is coming and that means you’ll probably have to really start adjusting the temperature in the car.

You may think about washing the outside of your windows because of all the junk and rain that gets splashed on it during normal driving. But you probably haven’t considered how much gunk has built up over the course of a year.

It happens and it could leave a film that you don’t notice until your windshield starts getting frosty. Then you see it and the gunk showing up.

Take a few and clean up the inside of the windows.

Check the tire tread depth

This is a good time to evaluate the safety of your tires.

Spend a few minutes inspecting the depth of the tread and determining if they are able to make it through the winter or if you need to plan for replacing them before the snow gets here.

Now is a good time to do it.

Check you battery

Is it 3 years old? Cold weather can do a number on your battery and cause it to loose charge over time. The older it is the more likely you’ll wake up to find a dead batter on the first really cold day.

So take it in and have the battery checked. Spending 5 minutes stopping by a local auto parts store and getting it checked out now could save you plenty of cold weather time waiting for a jump.

Check the hoses

Your heater and defroster are going to be pretty important for your safety very soon.

Not only are they important for comfort but also important for safety.

So you want to take a look at the hoses and make sure they aren’t cracked or bulging. Get any replaced that look less than their best to make sure that they function well all winter.

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It’s time to plan your fall foliage drive

By mdhoffman posted on 11/14/17

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The most gorgeous time of year for a drive.

With all the fall colors who could think of a better way to spend a day or two or just an afternoon?

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If you want to hit the road to enjoy the colors now is the time to plan your foliage drive before the weather gets too nasty and all the leaves are done and gone.

Our goal is gorgeous colors not sad leafless trees right?

Anyway here are some things you can do to plan an amazing fall foliage drive and enjoy the fall colors before they are gone!

Consider time

Do you have enough time to plan a weekend getaway or do you just have an afternoon?

Once you know how much time you have you’ll be able to plan out your route and if you can participate in any activities during the trip.

Pay attention to road hazards

We often think about road hazards as it relates to winter driving, with ice & snow being the main culprits.

But the fall has them too.

Consider all those leaves you are going to look at. When they fall they may end up on the road covering up a pot hole.

Keep your eyes open for people enjoying the relatively warm weather and walking along side the road or kids playing near the road.

Don’t forget your camera

If you are using your phone camera this probably isn’t a big deal but in case don’t forget to take a camera and plan out some pictures.

Just be careful of where you stop your car and get out.

Always be safe.

Search pinterest for road trip ideas near and far

Depending on how much time you have to spend on your fall foliage road trip you may want to look for route ideas that are either near or far to you.

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Hit up Pinterest and search for fall foliage road trips. They have great ideas for every state and even longer trips that take you through multiple states.

Activities

Plan out your activities especially for the kids who may not be as patient driving around in a car looking for leaves.

You can do leaf rubbings, plan a nature hike at a state park, pack a picnic lunch, make fall appropriate snacks together before the trip.

Think about starting conversations on conservation and the preservation of our natural habitats. Talk about what animals need to do to prepare for winter.

You can even listen to a podcast like the Stuff You Missed in History Class on the National Parks like the Yosemite Episode, Teddy Roosevelt Episode, or James Hutchings.

Now it’s Your Turn!

Let us know if you are planning on going on a fall foliage drive and what activities you are going to do along the way!

 

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5 Unexpected Parking Tips You Need to Know

By Dane posted on 11/7/17

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You are probably thinking…

This person is crazy. I’ve been “parking” my car for the exact same amount of time I’ve been driving.

How on earth are there parking tips that I wouldn’t expect… but you’d be wrong.

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I bet you there is at least one thing on this list that you didn’t think about!

Go ahead take a look!

5 unexpected parking tips

1. Don’t put your car in park then engage the parking brake.

Why?

Because when you do it in this order your car put extra stress on the transmission holding it in place rather than your parking break.

When you set the parking break first you’re allowing your car to come to rest against the parking brake cable rather than against the transmission.

I know it’s habit but it will help your transmission last longer.

2. Give yourself some space to avoid dings from other car doors while your car is parked.

You probably think about this one. But maybe you don’t enforce it all the time.

You are in a hurry or the parking lot is already crowded.

But if you want to avoid dings make sure that you spread out a little or at the very least try to find a spot with people who are not riding the lines.

Although you can’t do anything about the people that come after those so it’s better to be safe and park a little ways away from everyone.

This also helps when you are trying to wrangle your children. If you are a little bit away from other cars you also don’t have to worry about them slamming the door into the next car over.

3. Try to avoid parking under a tree…

I know it sounds nice especially when the sun is beating down but some bird droppings are acidic enough to permanently damage your paint.

Now, also try to avoid parking in direct sunlight. The sun is powerful and it can also damage your paint.

The best plan if possible is to find some open shade.

I’m asking a lot I know. But these things are important to caring for your car I promise.

4. Pin your parking location on Google Maps or Apple Maps.

This is especially important if you are on of those chronic sufferers of “I forgot where my car is.”

This way you never have to remember where you parked your car or in either the local grocery story parking lot or when you are wondering around a downtown area.

Yes I’ve seen it happen. A group of girls stopped on the corner of our downtown desperately trying to remember what was “near” their car when they parked.

They had been walking around on the bike path for hours and could have ended up on the other side of the city from their car easily.

Just pin it and save yourself some headaches.

5. Since we are going into winter park facing east whenever you can.

I know you think I’m crazy for sure.

But…

Since the sun rises in the morning this will help defrost your car so you limit the amount of time you are scraping ice.

Sounds nice right? Especially if you don’t have a remote starter or can’t leave your car running where you park it.

This will be your saving grace when you’ve got the kids bundled up and they are ready to go but your window is covered in ice. If only you had parked facing East, by the time you made it to your car either most or all of the ice would be gone.

Now it’s your turn!

Do you have a parking tip to share with us? Something that makes your crazy hectic mom life easier? Share with us in the comments!

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Strange Sounds Coming From your Car? It may be this…

By Dane posted on 10/31/17

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What goes bump in the night???

It could be that strange sound your car is making…

It happens to the best of us! We are happily driving along only to hear a creak, squeak, or squeal that is not a normal sound.

First of all don’t panic.

We are here to help you!

BUT ignoring the sound is not the answer to your problem either. It could be an indication of a deeper problem.

Which if you leave unattended could me lots of $$$ for the repair.

It’s a fact that cars make sounds when something isn’t right. And that isn’t something you should put off or wait till later. Not only could the repair end up being costly it could put you and your family in danger.

So don’t ignore that clunking sound. It is often an indication of an unbalanced or worn part.

All the different systems can cause strange noises at different points so pay attention to what you were doing when the noise started and stopped.

What can cause your car to make strange sounds

The fundamental thing you need to understand about your car is that

  • Braking system
  • Grinding when gears shift
  • Belts slip causing squealing noises
  • Scraping when moving

These and many other sounds can indicate minor problems before they become major issues.

Ok so you’ve got a sound… what next?

What to do when you notice an unusual sound

First of all, evaluate where the sounds is coming from.

Determine if this noise is something your car has always been making and your awareness has just been brought to it like the tire hum on asphalt when it changes surfaces.

Pay close attention to what you are doing before, during, and after the sound occurs.

The more information about the sound can help troubleshoot the exact system that is having the problem.

Take your car in to get a professional inspection of the sound.

OR…

Get feedback without ever taking your car in!

We get it! You’re incredibly busy. You’ve got places to take the kids, errands to run, and groceries to purchase.

You don’t have time to take your car in for EVERY. SINGLE. NOISE.

And taking it in can take up hours of your day or worse strand you at the shop with NOTHING to do but wait.

Now you have a second option. Download our app Car Savvy Society and let our experts help you right where you are no matter what you’ve got going on in your day.

All you have to do is start a conversation with one of our experts and record a bit of your strange sound. Our experts will have a listen and help you decide if this is something that needs handled now or is something you can wait till you schedule time in your day to get it to the mechanic.

Now it’s your turn!

What do you do when your car starts making a strange noise? Let us know in the comments!

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6 Essential Tasks Women Should Do To Prepare Their Car for Winter

By Dane posted on 10/24/17

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Winter is coming…

Any GOT fans out there?

Well winter is really coming! And now is the time before it gets so cold that you don’t want to go outside to get your car ready for winter!

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Do a visual inspection including the tires & make sure all headlights/tailights are working

You should probably get in the habit of doing a visual inspection regularly BUT if you get busy hauling 3 kids to your car along with your grocery list, phone, and mom bag… now is a great time to give your car the once over.

  • Take a look at your tires. Look for uneven tread wear, sidewall bubbles, low tread, and anything stuck into the tire.
  • Test your headlights and taillights. Plus your turn signals too. The last thing you want is to find out your headlight is out when you are in the middle of a snow storm.
  • Also check out that the headlights cover is clear to make sure you are getting the brightest light possible when you are on the road.

Top off your wiper fluid

Your wiper fluid can help you keep your windows clear when who knows what from the streets get splashed up onto your windows.

Your visibility isn’t something to be messed with on a good day. Let alone a day when it’s sleeting and you’ve got your children bundled up in the back seat.

Better to be save and have enough wiper fluid to keep the windshield sparkling.

Change out your wiper blades

Time to change your wiper blades. This goes along with checking the fluid level but having good wiper blades to clean your windshield is equally important to visibility.

If your blades are skipping, streaking, squeaking, or otherwise not functioning at 100% it’s time to get some new ones.

Have your brakes inspected if you notice any changes in performance

Now is a good time to bring awareness to your breaks. Are they making a weird noise? Feeling sticky? Feeling loose?

If you notice any kind of change from normal go ahead and take it in for an inspection. You could save yourself a lot of time and headaches by going ahead and getting it taken care of now.

Prepare your emergency bag or box with items to assist you in case you get stuck on the side of the road

No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road.

But it happens.

And you can do a few things right now to prepare your car in case this happens.

Gather these supplies into a box or bag and keep it in the trunk of your car.

Now don’t touch it unless you need it because you want to be sure that all the vital supplies are there when you need them.

  • Water in small bottles
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra blankets, scarves, gloves
  • Snacks (jerky or protein bars)
  • Flash light
  • Ice Melt
  • Cell phone charger
  • First aid kit

Now there are more things you could add but this will be a great start if you get stuck on the side of the road with hungry and cold kids in the back seat.

Check your belts and hoses

It is a good time to also take a peek under the hood and check out your belts and hoses.

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Look for signs of wear like cracking or split belts. Bulged or cracking hoses are something you’ll want to have fixed before the bad weather gets here.

Now it’s your turn!

What is your go to task for preparing your car for winter? Let us know in the comments.


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5 Maintenance Tasks to Avoid Expensive Auto Repairs

By Dane posted on 10/17/17

We don’t think about car repairs.

That is until we are standing in the repair shop looking at the estimate wondering how we didn’t see this coming…

Good news!

There are things that you can do to now to avoid these expensive moments in the future.

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Spending a little time each month on these 5 maintenance tasks will be a great start and then we will talk about the number one thing you can do to make sure you are taking the best care of your car as possible.

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Properly inflate tires

Making it a point to properly inflate your tires and just make  a note of their condition regularly.

This will keep you from missing a sidewall bubble that can cause a blow out on the highway, putting you and your family in danger.

And it will help you from avoiding costly suspension repairs due to damage of under inflated or over inflated tired.

Keep an eye on your brake pads

Stopping your car when you need to is a very important safety feature.

Don’t forget to look at the thickness of the pads and that they are wearing evenly. Uneven wear patterns could be an indication of unseen problems that you need to get taken care of before it becomes an even bigger problem.

Check the coolant level

If you are unaware of what coolant does for your car it helps keep your car from overheating and your engine seizing up.

Pretty important wouldn’t you say?

So keep an eye on the coolant level there is a gauge on your dash that records engine heat. So at the very least keep an eye on that or you could find yourself stuck in a parking lot wondering why your car is smoking…

But also check the coolant tank it’s quick and simple to do.

Just pop the hood locate the tank and check the level. It will have an indicator of the proper fill. If it is low, check the owners manual for manufacturers recommendation on the type of coolant to use.

Don’t mix coolants they can clog up your system.

If you notice it continually seems low you may have a leak somewhere in the lines and it’s time to get it check out.

Change oil regularly

If you have the space changing your own oil regularly once you know how it’s done it is easily accomplishable by yourself to save you some money and time.

But changing your oil keeps everything in your engine running smoothly and keeps you from building up engine blocking gunk in the engine.

Car washes – especially in winter

You may not think of car washes as a maintenance task but by regularly cleaning the dirt and debris that build up on your car will help keep the body in good shape longer.

This is important especially in the winter time when salt gets on your car from the roads. The salt can eat through the protective coating and paint down to the underbody and cause it to decay.

The number one thing you can do…

Read the manual and follow manufacturer recommendations.

Always start with checking the owners manual. It’s going to have the best information for your specific make and model of car.

Additional Tips

Don’t ignore the dashboard lights when they come on, this is an indication that something is going on with your car so putting it off because you feel like it isn’t important could cause you to have more expensive repairs.

Also, take it in regularly and have your mechanic give it the once over so you can catch problems when they are small. They have the expertise to help identify small problems before they become mountains.

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Let us know in the comments how often you give your car a visual inspection before driving?


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10+ Car Accessories You Will Want Now!

By Dane posted on 10/10/17

Car interiors are vanilla.

Yes, they are. Car companies have done everything that they can think of to make it interesting while still appealing to the general population.

I get that.

BUT…

That doesn’t mean you can spice up your interior & exterior with some fun car accessories.

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You spend a lot of time in your car why not decorate it like you would a room in your home?

And I’m not just talking seat covers here I’ll show you more in a second

Give it a little pizzaz and glam?

Whether you like subtle, functional, & minimalist accessories

OR

Big, bold, and personality-filled accessories we’ve got you covered

Let’s dive in!

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Decorative

 

Custom seat covers like these Monogrammed Ones from Chic Monogram 


LED Footwell Lights

Car Coasters from WeefersDesigns


DIY a wax melt warmer for your car like this one from Deal Detecting Diva on Heart Hook Home


Air vent decorations like these cactus decorations from Carsoda
Mini copy of your license plate as a keychain

Car Mats from Zazzle

Organizers & Storage

Headrest hooks


DIY a First Aid Kit like this one from How Does She

Mini car trashcan like this tutorial from A Ditchin’ Time Quilts

Outside your car accessories

Make your own DIY rhinestone license plate like this one from Classy Clutter


Window Clings Like this one from MamaBearsKeepsakes

Tech Accessories

Multi USB car charger port from the Container Store


Smart devices like Zubie to track your trip history & give you insights

Bluetooth adapter

No matter what kind of accessory you want or NEED for your car we’ve found something to cover anything you need.

Now it’s your turn!

Tell us in the comments what your favorite car accessory or way to bling out your car is? We would love to know!


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The Ultimate Guide To Confidently Handling Your Next Car Repair

By Dane posted on 10/3/17

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You know this feeling well.

You’re ready to go to the shop to have that sound you keep hearing investigated.

You know that you don’t understand EVERYTHING that goes into making your car work but you do understand some things.

But the last thing you want is the mechanic to ASSUME you don’t know, can’t learn, and treats you like a “woman”.

Some of this is on the shop but some of this comes down to how confidently you enter that shop and handle the situation.

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You’ve probably heard this before too.

When you go in and act like you are “supposed” to be there people treat you differently than if you look unsure, suspicious or lacking confidence.

So what can you do to confidently handle your next repair & encourage the kind of collaborative service from your mechanic that you would like?

We’ve got you covered!

Tips to confidently handle your next repair

Do your own research

Be prepared with average labor costs for the shops in your area, what the repair will typically take, and what options you might have when it comes to repairs.

Spend a little time doing your own independent research to be prepared when you head into the shop.

If you don’t have time to search the forums for your particular problem, sort through the less than helpful questions/responses, or worry about the quality of these responses online then download our app today and ask a car expert to help you research.

Our experts will help you diagnose possible problems based on your symptoms and give you an idea of what to expect when you head into the shop.

Ask

Many times we aren’t encouraged to ask questions of the experts we hire.

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They’re the experts, right? They should know the best plan forward…the right answers…and how to best help you.

So why would you ask that question that keeps nagging you ask them to walk you through the repair estimate?

This is the exact time you should be asking. Ask questions until you are comfortable with all aspects of the repair & service they are suggesting.

You have every right to ask questions. And you should ask questions.

Not only does this allow you to fully understand the situation it also signals to your mechanic that you are interested at understanding the repair on a deeper level.

Keep in mind when you ask…

  • ask your question clearly and confidently
  • make eye contact
  • rephrase the answer back to your mechanic and ask if you understood correctly
  • keep asking for more information if you don’t understand any part of the responses you are getting

The more confidently you behave when asking questions the better responses and interaction you will get.

Keep good records

Keeping records in general is a good idea.

You’ve got a million things on your #momtodolist so keeping track of what exactly happened during your last service or repair is pretty much impossible without records.

Record any maintenance and repairs so you can reference them if needed when you go into the shop.

Sometimes you’ll have to reference work that was previously done and how long it has been since that work was done to give your current repair or maintenance a clear picture.

Keep receipts in your glove box, use the Car Savvy Society mobile app to record your service directly on your phone, or keep a file box in your car with detailed records. Whatever works for you and will help you keep the information on hand when you go in for your repair.

Know you can get a second opinion

Just because you feel the pressure to get your car fixed and fast, don’t forget you can get a second option on the problem and suggested repairs.

Unless you are in a really tight pinch you should always get a second opinion about what the right repair plan is for your vehicle.

You can…

  • take your vehicle to a second mechanic (but you’ll loose a lot of time traveling between locations)
  • ask a friend or relative for advice (they may or may not have time when you need them or they may not have experience with your model of car)
  • ask our experts for unbiased advice, we are always here ready to answer your questions and give you personalized expert advice without you ever having to rearrange pick up plans for your kids because we chat through your mobile phone

Now it’s your turn!

What do you do to enter a situation confidently that you could translate to walking into get your vehicle serviced? Let us know in the comments!

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Do you recognize these 5 red flags at your mechanic?

By Dane posted on 9/26/17

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Sigh…

You’ve had to go to the shop and you’re a little nervous about what the final price is going to be.

But you’re hopeful.

And then you leave feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and unhappy with the whole experience.

What the heck happened???

You might have missed one of these 5 red flags that could have signaled to you to take your business elsewhere.

Keep your eyes peeled for these RED FLAGS!

Scare tactics

Sometimes you’ll hear things like “I’d not drive another mile on that car without getting XYZ repaired.” These things are meant to create urgency so that you get a repair now.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion, ask follow up questions, or slow the process down by taking some time to think. It’s never good to make quick decisions especially out of fear.

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Don’t take no for an answer

If the mechanic shrugs off your concerns about your check engine light etc. If the light is on there is probably a reason.

Those indicators while delicate pieces of technology are there for a reason and that is to indicate a problem. If your technician isn’t interested in exploring what that problem is it’s time to move on.

Get the work repairs in writing

Get the complete list of work and repairs that the shop is suggesting for your car in writing. This way you can look it all over do some research on your own and reference it if they try to mix things up on you.

Recommended services not related to the problem without explanation

It’s entirely possible that while digging around your car to find what that weird noise is in your back left tire they found another issue that needs help.

But if they aren’t transparent about why and talking you through the recommendation.

It’s time to get a second opinion.

Defensiveness when you ask questions about the “why” of a repair

In today’s day and age people should be open and willing to talk with you at whatever level of detail you are comfortable about their recommendations, observations, and the inner workings of your car.

It’s a big red flag if you start to ask for more detail about your estimate and the service mechanic gets defensive or pushy.

What do to if you notice a RED FLAG?

Now that you know some of the red flags to look for when you are at the shop keep your eye open. Mechanics and auto service professional who are proud of the work they do and genuinely care will shine while the others will let their red flag fly.

Here are some options for dealing with red flags

  • Leave the shop and go to another mechanic
  • Google your problem and see what the internet has to say
  • Get a second opinion Our experts at the Car Savvy Society are here to answer your questions with unbiased feedback. The beauty of this is you can get the second opinion without ever leaving the first shop!
  • OR ask our experts to help you uncover an alternative certified shop that will help you get back on your way!

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When it’s time to call it quits on repairs and get a new vehicle

By Dane posted on 9/19/17

When it's time to call it quits on repairs and get a new vehicle

Sometimes we just have to give up on our faithful car. It’s been in the shop more times than you care to count and your wallet is a lot lighter than you anticipated it being because every repair seems to cost a fortune.

But how do you know when it is time to let it go…other than it completely giving up on you…yes, I’ve been there before.

So how can you figure out if it is time for a change?

How long should your car last you?

First of all let’s look at how long cars are supposed to last these days. Take these numbers with a grain of salt because we can’t cover every senario possible but here are the basics.

Many cars are designed to last for 10 and 300,000.

Many cars are designed to last for 10 and 300,000. Click To Tweet

If you take care of your car and properly maintain it can last for a long time. You may have some routine work or normal repairs but going back to the financials will help you make your decision. This routine work and normal wear and tear repairs can be frustrating but budgeting it into your plan and keeping on top of it will help keep your car running with a minimum number of repairs needed.

A new car can require repairs even though it is new. Yes, new cars come with warranties but they are relatively short compared to the life of the vehicle. Even a large repair like replacing an engine can still be worth doing based on the financial benefit.

It’s all give and take even with new cars or cars that you feel should last longer than the amount of time you’ve had them. Yes, this has happened to me too…

Finances

First off take a look at the finances. You don’t have gobs of extra money lying around to throw at new cars all the time. You’ve got kids to feed, school activities that require a new t-shirt what seems like every 3 months, and other unexpected expenses.

The finances of the situation are going to be a major factor in deciding if you are going to repair or replace your car.

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Here is how to do that

  • Check out the residual value of your vehicle.
  • Then Subtract the cost of the repair. Now you can compare that number with the cost of a new car.
  • Now you can compare that number with the cost of a new car.

Be sure to compare apples to apples here if you really want to know how your car compares.

Comparing a small compact car with the cost of a new super duty truck is going to put your estimates off. At least during this stage keep the car make and model as similar as possible so that you can get an accurate idea of how the repairs cost to replacing it with a new car.

Reliability

Many times the cost of repairs may not be the biggest factor.

Many times the cost of repairs may not be the biggest factor when it comes time to repair or replace. Click To Tweet

I spoke to a friend last weekend and we were talking about the new car their family purchased. While they were repairing the car with a higher frequency than they would like the biggest factor in their decision was reliability. The husband, who drove this particular car, was driving 2 hours on average a day to his job then had to repeat the trip home.

Going into winter they didn’t want him to get stuck on the side of the road or have to worry if he got to work but then was unable to make it home. They have two small children and stopping everything in their routine was not going to work so they decided to replace their car with a new one.

You may get frustrated at repeatedly having to take the car into the shop and deal with all that goes along with it. Or if you need to rely on your car to take you long distances and it may not get you there.

Your situation maybe similar to my friend’s experience but bottom line we expect our car to get us from A to B without a problem and if it can’t handle that reliably it’s probably time for a change.

As long as we are being financially responsible, it is OK to trade the car in before its useful life has expired.

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Slow down

If you take good care of your vehicle it can last up to 200,000 miles or better. Just because something has broken doesn’t mean that it is time to get a new car right away.

Take some time and review all the information you gathered, look at your finances, and look at what the cost of new car costs and take some time to think it over.

Often, people act too quickly.

Vehicles today are designed to last 200,000 miles or better. In fact, many cars are designed for 10 years and 300,000 miles life. If we take good care of our cars, they will last substantially longer than most people are comfortable. Yes, you will have some routine and normal repairs. But again, buying a brand-new car always has a large depreciation day you take it off the lot.

Even a large repair like replacing an engine can still be worth doing based on the financial benefit.

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When it's time to call it quits on repairs and get a new vehicle
When it's time to call it quits on repairs and get a new vehicle
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