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Although people commonly upgrade most of the products that they use in their daily lives regularly, many of them stubbornly refuse to upgrade their cars for various reasons that include sentimental and budget concerns. Whatever your reason, it's important to recognize that there are times when upgrading is the wisest action.
Growing Maintenance List
Many car owners hate change and ignore a growing list of maintenance issues even when those problem cause higher monthly bills then new or used car payments. They also ignore common problems that continue after repairs, such as a check engine light that never goes out and loud clunking or screeching noises. Plastic parts are another big sign. Plastic can break at any time from manufacturer defects, but you should consider upgrading if similar parts in different areas start breaking around the same time after years of use, such as plastic pieces in door locks, around visors and at hinges.
Poor Fuel Efficiency
As each year passes, fuel efficiency technologies typically improve across brands. If you have a car that is even less than half a decade old, you should start comparing your current fuel efficiency to more current options. Better yet, ditch total dependency on fossil fuel by considering hybrid and electric vehicles that offer you more mileage and help protect the environment from combustion emissions.
Grossly Outdated Technology
You should also consider upgrading if you're still using a built-in 8-track or cassette player. Although many drivers enjoy their classic cars, these vehicles often require more and more expensive repairs as time passes because manufacturers stop making parts or hike up the costs to push drivers to buy more modern vehicles. These vehicles also have poor fuel efficiency unless you update them with modern parts. Worse yet, older cars typically lack entirely or working versions of common current convenience and safety and security features like wireless connectivity and hands-free communication, air bags and anti-theft devices.
New Life Responsibilities
Life events, such as a growing family, new job or eldercare situation, can leave you needing more car comfort, space and features to help you handle new responsibilities as happily and efficiently as possible. For example, a growing family does better with a mini-van that offers a lot of room to grow and convenience, safety and security features designed specifically with young children in mind. With a sales job, an unprofessional rusting and crumbling car body can result in lost sales and referrals. As a caregiver, you need a vehicle with features that make entries/exits, bumpy rides and sudden stops less painful and easier to handle for elderly passengers. Places like Findlay Automotive, a car dealership in St. George can help match the perfect vehicle to your new responsibilities.
Change of Location
The exciting adventure of moving to a new area can quickly turn into a nightmare if you have a vehicle that fails to perform as needed in a new environment. For example, if you move from the country to the city and own a big truck or SUV, consider upgrading to a fuel-efficient, smaller and newer vehicle that offers in-cabin air filtration and plenty of convenience and security options. City drivers are often stuck in traffic. Rolling down the windows can lead to breathing problems from car fumes and boredom and dangerous lethargy can set in without music or other entertainment. Car jackings and interior property theft also occur more frequently.
If you're concerned about the cost of an upgrade, set your worries aside. New and used car dealers typically offer a variety of trade-in deals, discounts and financing programs.