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When a car comes to the end of its life, it can be stressful thinking about the new vehicle that will eventually have to take its place. Of course, such a thing isn’t cheap. The reality is that most of us do not have enough cash lying around to pay for a vehicle in full. A new car means a car note. If you’re like most, you’ll do everything you can think of to avoid adding more expenses to your monthly budget but sometimes it is just plain necessary. Here are three signs that may indicate it’s time to bite the bullet and invest in a newer vehicle.

The Money Pit

Just like some homes, some vehicles are money pits. It doesn’t matter how much money you put in, you always find yourself without transportation, because your car is back in the shop. At the end of the day, some of the investment in the old car may have gone a long way towards a new one. 

Damage Beyond Repair

Vehicles need routine and regular maintenance. Oil changes, brake pads, filter replacement, etc. If you ignore routine maintenance, you’re going to end up paying for a lot of car repairs on the back end. That’s pretty basic, right? When do you decide there is damage beyond repair? When is it enough? 

If you’re doing the routine things every month and keeping those appointments with your local mechanic, but continue to have problems, there are really only two questions to ask: Is it the vehicle, or Is it the operator? 

Once you’ve identified those things, can the damage be fixed at minimal cost? What have you read online about your vehicle? How many other owners have this same problem? How much is it going to cost to fix the problem? If you repair the damage, how long will it stretch out the life of the vehicle? 

Engine Issues

There’s a reason you should change your oil every 4,000-6,000 miles. If your engine dries up, because there is no oil in it or if the oil is so old that it’s not clean, you could end up damaging your engine. Things like shredding the pistons come to mind. If you begin to see white smoke coming from your tailpipe or puddles of oil can be found on the ground below your vehicle, you clearly have a leak. Regular routine changes are the way to go, to be sure this doesn’t happen. Once you’re in this area, though, it’s definitely time to consult with a mechanic. And hopefully, your engine is okay and they can find the leak.

Of course, a myriad of other issues can spring up anytime. Owning and operating a vehicle requires some responsibility. It’s vital that you consult regularly with your mechanic. If you’re in the area, Master Muffler Clearfield can help you with your oil change needs, brake pads, brake replacements, and other car repairs. You don’t have to wait until you’re in a money pit situation or when you have damage beyond repair. Let the experts help you to keep your vehicle running in optimal condition.

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