Cars are expensive investments and it’s not uncommon for people to drive their cars long after they’ve paid it off in full. However, there comes a time where your car reaches the end of the line, no matter how sturdy or how close to brand new it looks. Car parts and frames naturally deteriorate over time and no amount of repairs can restore your car back to what it once was. Here are some common signs your car has reached the end of its life and that it’s time to invest in a new one.

Signs to Look for

• Your vehicle frequently breaks down – As cars get older they’re more prone to breakdowns. Normal everyday wear and tear will do that. However, if your car is frequently breaking down, more than two times a year, a serious problem likely exists. Breakdowns that require extensive, costly repairs like replaced radiators and exhaust systems are a sign that your car is reaching the end of its life. Simple repairs like windshield wiper and air filter replacements shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

• Your vehicle no longer passes emissions test – This is a crucial and clear sign that your vehicle is no longer suitable for use. Most new car models have “drive clean” technologies that filter emissions coming from tailpipes much more efficiently than older models without them. Older models are less likely to pass emissions tests compared to newer counterparts. Adding this new technology to older models can be an expensive investment and older cars may be denied from taking emission tests at all.

• Your insurances costs rise – Cars become more expensive to insure as they age. Paying attention to rising premium costs is as important as well as other costs that come with operating the vehicle, such as repairs and gas. If you find your car is breaking down more often while your premiums rise, it might be worth it to purchase or lease a new car instead.

• Your repairs cost more than what the car is worth – One of the most obvious signs that it’s time for a new car. If you’re spending upward of $2,000 for an engine repair only to drop another $1,000 to replace a bumper not long after, it might be worth it to purchase or lease a new car entirely. You’ll reach a point where common sense is all you need to make an accurate judgment by asking yourself “Are these new tires (or other car part) worth putting on this older car?” If the answer is no, then it’s definitely time for a new one. See what you can do to recoup your investment on your old car and put it toward your new car. You’ll bring down the price of the new car and won’t have to worry about making any repairs in the next few years if you take care of it.

Hit the Road Again with Acura of Valley Stream

If you find your old car is simply not up to par anymore, come to Acura of Valley Stream and we’ll outfit you with a brand new or gently used car to get you back on the road in no time. We bring drivers in the greater Valley Stream area an assortment of new and used cars capable of transforming everyday commutes into something a little more extraordinary.

We’re known for our extensive selection of dependable Acura models and mint-condition used cars. Our Acura service center is staffed by a team of experts hand-picked for their expertise and passion for treating cars as if they were their own. We also want to help ensure that the extraordinary experience of owning a new Acura stands the test of time. Buying a new car is, after all, a serious investment.

Contact us today for custom-crafted car loan, leasing and finance options.