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When Is The Right Time To Upgrade Your Family Car?

6 Feb , 2018  

The family car is undoubtedly one of the most important assets in your life, and it can have a huge influence on daily activities and experiences. But while you have undoubtedly created many magical moments thanks to the vehicle, knowing when to trade it in for a newer model is essential.

Keeping it any longer could bring a lack of comfort, a lack of money, and a lack of function. Here are three telling signs that your current vehicle is no longer fit for purpose.

A great family car needs to suit your needs

 

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You’ve Moved

When you’ve moved to the next road or a similar destination to your old home, upgrading the car isn’t necessary. Then again, this is a fresh start in your life, which could still make it the perfect time to change vehicle due to evolving tastes and preferences.

For many families, though, the change is required out of necessity. When moving from the city to rural lands, for example, you may need a car with more power. Of course, it may be possible to solve your issues with simpler tasks like changing the tires. However, in many cases the only viable solution is to get a new car altogether.

It may feel like an added source of stress while you’re in the process of moving. Still, you’ll be very glad that you did it in the long run.

 

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The Family Is Getting Too Big

As the years roll on, your family may grow in numbers as well as physical size. When this happens, your standard five-seater saloon might not be capable of satisfying your needs. While many families find a way to overcome those obstacles, a newer model may be the far quicker route to success.

There are car manufacturers starting to sell cars based on seats, and this can make the process far simpler. Once you’ve narrowed your search to find a practical solution, you can begin to think about the other features. Those specifications could range from crucial items handling comfort to cosmetic items like the colour.

Conversely, it may seem more practical to downsize once the kids have flown the nest. This is equally fine.

 

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Maintenance Is Becoming Costly

When a fault surfaces with the car, it’s usually better to repair the vehicle rather than buy a new one. Unfortunately, when problems start to occur on a frequent basis, it might be a sign that it’s time to cut your losses.

Depreciation alone means that it might be better to buy a slightly newer car rather than keep completing those costly jobs. Aside from the financial issues, it’s worth taking your sanity into account. Besides, the vehicle isn’t doing any good whatsoever if it is continually stuck in the garage.

Even if you simply upgrade to a later model of the same car, this investment could pay dividends. Suffering due to a combination of ignorance and stubbornness simply won’t do.

 

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The Final Word

Whether it’s for practical reasons, financial matters, or image doesn’t matter. Driving a car that makes you safe and happy truly is a magical thing.

If your outdated motor has stopped providing those joys, a change should occur sooner rather than later.

 

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