Some car junkies will stick with their vehicle until the end of time, and that’s commendable. Some people just know how to maintain their cars, or they get lucky. Everybody’s seen someone on a leisurely cruise in an antique car that’s seen an excess of 300,000 miles and is canvassed in rust. 

In any case, even the most durable vehicles wear down eventually, and keeping them running becomes a hassle. Sound judgment needs to prevail, and drivers need to acknowledge that it’s time to put their car to rest. It’s time to buy another vehicle—regardless of whether it’s new or used. Here are some signs that it’s time to change your car.

Frequent Breakdowns and Repairs

A breakdown refers to things that keep a car from being driven and require costly fixes. Breakdowns don’t entail just replacing windshield wipers or washing your car. Breakdowns refer to damages that involve replacing or repairing radiators, ECMs, engine parts, and more. If the repair costs start reaching the value of your car, it’s time to scrap it.

Occasional breakdowns are expected for older vehicles, and paying a modest amount to fix the car is fine. Still, when a vehicle starts frequently breaking down, it’s time to consider getting a new car.

It’s Embarrassing

An old, unused car


No one buys a car because it looks ugly. Regardless of what criteria are prioritized, design is an important one. Many drivers will keep driving a car come hell or high water (i.e., when their vehicle looks downright ugly). This immunity to their car’s appearance doesn’t extend to their friends and family. Many of them may feel embarrassed to be seen with them. If you’ve reached this point, it’s high time you accept that you need a new car.

Repairs Cost More Than the Car’s Value

This is a clear indicator that your car needs to be scrapped. Go to Edmunds or Consumer Reports and look up the value of your vehicle. Keep in mind that this value hasn’t been adjusted to account for your car’s age. If your annual repair costs exceed a one-year payment plan for your vehicle, then you need to swap out your vehicle for something else. At this point, the car is simply a zombie vehicle, soaking up resources without a proportionate output. 

If you’re looking to sell your junk car for cash in Greenville, Garland, Cooper, Dallas, or Mesquite, TX, contact Grimsley Autos. They’ll give you a great price for your aging vehicle.