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Living with a Beater: 4 Good Reasons to Junk Your Old Car

Driving a beater can be a frustrating experience. Whether it’s the AC, the windows, the radio or something more important, chances are something on the car is broken. You’ve probably considered getting a new car, but you haven't yet taken the plunge. Here are a few great reasons to get rid of that old car.


Over the years, automobile safety technology has improved greatly. Modern automobiles are better equipped to both avoid and withstand crashes. It is a common misconception that older cars, with their heavy steel frames, are more solid and more likely to stand up to crashes. However, modern cars are far safer for occupants. With interior crumple zones designed to absorb the force of collisions while keeping the passenger compartment intact and collision avoidance systems to detect and prevent imminent collisions, modern cars are generally much safer than older cars.

Repair Costs

After a certain point, repairing an old car is no longer worth the money. Especially when the repair bill is more than the value of the car, it might be time to think about moving on. It isn’t just the current repairs you need to worry about – older cars tend to have more and more issues as time goes on. A costly repair today won’t guarantee that another issue doesn’t occur tomorrow.

The Environment

Emissions standards have become more stringent over time. As a result, modern cars have been engineered to pollute far less than older cars. On top of that, the emissions control systems installed on older cars may malfunction as they age, adding to already high emissions levels. Even when pollution from the automotive manufacturing process is taken into account, purchasing a new car is more eco-friendly than continuing to drive an old beater. That said, it is important to dispose of your car in a responsible manner. Many auto wreckers like City Auto Wreckers offer eco-friendly auto recycling services.

Amenities and Performance

Modern cars bring a great deal more to the table than their predecessors in terms of both amenities and performance. Commonly available modern car amenities include things like Bluetooth integration for mobile calling and music, keyless entry and ignition, blind spot monitoring, and backup cameras. On the performance side, modern drive-train technology allows for a great mix of fuel economy and horsepower.

If you’re driving a beater and you’re getting tired of it, then you should consider moving on. Purchasing a new car is the responsible choice both for your safety and for the environment. In addition, you will enjoy the protection of a new car warranty and the driving comforts afforded by modern automotive technology.

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Tags: car, costs, environment, junk, old, repair, safey


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