Your Car: Repair or Replace?

Your Car: Repair or Replace?
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People often forget just how revolutionary the driving experience really is. There was a time when people were mostly limited to the town or region they were born into. Trains changed this to some extent. But the freedom to actually live in the country as a whole, rather than a small corner of it, came about due to automobiles. This is seldom so apparent as when one faces car trouble. It might seem like a minor matter until it happens, but the loss of freedom is immeasurable and shockingly fast.

Thankfully, there are options which allow for equally rapid response to the problem. People with severe car issues can often find help with online installment loans and get themselves back on the road. But it also brings up another important consideration. With funds available, what’s the best option for someone eager to get back behind the wheel. Should they repair their ailing vehicle or buy a new one? The answer is seldom totally straightforward. However, one can simplify it by considering a few important points.

Remember to look around

People think of their car when considering how to determine if it’s repairable or not. The areas where the car is parked can often provide the first clues that something’s wrong. And in particular, one should always remain alert for mysterious liquids under the car. A few drops on rare occasion probably isn’t anything to worry about. But larger puddles or recurring instances should make one very cautious. It’s somewhat similar to blood in humans. The amount and intensity in humans mark a difference between a scrape and a serious wound. A car with lost structural integrity for fluid distribution is somewhat similar.

Issues during vacations or longer trips

Longer trips are among the best things about car ownership. A long drive can instantly turn into a sightseeing adventure. This is an ideal way to see, in retrospect, that a car is working as expected. The car shouldn’t even really be an issue during these long trips. Meanwhile, a car’s owner often becomes so used to some issues that they’re all but invisible. But during a trip, people get interested in places and events outside their normal comfort zone. They are in their car longer and this can be a good opportunity to really note whether there are any odd issues. The owner will see the car operating in a new environment that places different strains on his vehicle.

Transmission issues

This one is rather hard to diagnose from symptoms alone. When the transmission is fully gone, the car won’t function at all. Parts of the car should still work. And this depends a lot on the nature of the car’s design. But before that point, a transmission will usually complain through burning smells, slipping, and odd noises.

Odd smells and sounds

Odd smells and sounds are usually blamed on environment or passengers, but if odd smells continue to appear in different places, then it’s a sure sign of something going wrong. Sounds are particularly difficult to diagnose due to different actions causing strain and friction. Sometimes, even mechanics will often find themselves hard-pressed to find the issue. But the larger lesson is simply that one should take odd noises seriously. Owners should have the car looked at before continuing to drive.

To fix or sell

Ultimately, the choice of whether to repair a car or buy a new one comes down to the overall price of the repair. Sometimes the damage happens to the most expensive parts of the vehicle. For example, the transmission might well cost around $5,000 to repair.

You will have to decide if you want to pay money to repair, or pay money to buy new or newer. The repair issues on your car can also mean the car won’t be viable as a trade-in. A trade-in should instead be seen as more of a risk management strategy. The New York Timesrecently highlighted the unfortunate fact that the roads are becoming more dangerous rather than less. Small but escalating issues with a car often predict larger problems to come. And one doesn’t want to be on the road when it happens.

Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

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