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Don’t Betray Your Old Car: How to Decide Between Repairs or Replacement

It’s finally happened. Your twenty-year-old vehicle has fallen victim to time and use and is now in need of repairs. Is it worth repairing your vehicle, or should you just sell your old car and buy something new? This is going to depend largely on the type of repairs your vehicle needs. A new engine may not be worth it, but when it comes to smaller issues, repairing an older vehicle may be your best bet. Not only can you save money, but you’re not betraying a vehicle that has served you well. Here is a quick guide to help you make the decision between auto repair or replacement vehicles.

Set Aside Emotions

If you’ve been driving the same vehicle for a very long time, it might be hard to imagine yourself in a new car. That makes things very hard when that old car is no longer working the way you need it to and you’re put in the awkward place of deciding between replacing the car or repairing the car. But you’ll need to set aside some of that emotion and make this decision after some serious research.

Look at the Parts You Need

It’s best to weigh your options and not just jump one way or the other. Take a look at what old car repairs you need to make and see if they’re worth your investment. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your vehicle, or have a mechanic take a look, and figure out if there are going to be any other expensive repairs in the near future.

Find out How Much Your Car is Worth

Once you’ve established how much you’ll need to spend on repairs, take a look at the value of your vehicle. A quick online search will show you how much your vehicle is worth and how much it may depreciate in value over the next few years. If your repair prices greatly exceed the value of your car, it may be best to replace and sell your old car.

Consider Used Parts

You owe it to an old car that has served you well to at least weigh your options before jumping into a new driver’s seat. It’s important to bear in mind that repairs can be made with used parts. That will keep your repair price down and may make it easier for you to keep the car you love and save some money for the day it finally goes.

At My Auto Store, we carry inspected used parts. These parts come with one of the best warranties in the business. That means you get inexpensive parts and can rest assured that those parts will work. Contact us today for used auto parts!

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