Here’s a question – when does the time come to buy a new car? As in buying a new car because you need one, not because you simply want one?

It’s a question we hear quite a lot of here at Take My Scrap Car, given our line of work. To which we always provide the same answer. 

Or more accurately, the same series of six answers, which look a little like this:

Breaking Down 

First up, breaking down just once can mean that something went wrong as a one-off issue. Breaking down on a relatively regular basis means your car is trying to tell you something. If you ever find yourself in a position where the reliability of your car isn’t what it used to be, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Warning Lights

We often find ourselves wondering why the vast majority of car makers even bother putting warning lights in their cars in the first place. The reason being that studies have clearly illustrated how the overwhelming majority of motorists completely ignore warning lights. Engine lights, ABS lights, airbag lights etc. – you’re probably more inclined to assume the fault is with the light, rather than the car. In reality, warning lights make it abundantly clear that something is wrong, irrespective of whether or not you pay any attention to them.

Fuel Bills

If your fuel bills are a) already too high or b) getting progressively higher all the time, you’re wasting money that could be spent on a superior car. These days, you don’t have to spend a fortune to pick up an impressively fuel-efficient car that could save you huge amounts of money long-term.

Excessive Noise

As engines and general vehicle components age and deteriorate, cars have a habit of producing all manner of strange and excessive noises. All of which should be interpreted as a very real and very important cry for help. If your car has literally started shouting and screaming for your attention, it may be time to scrap it. 

Costly Repairs

It doesn’t make a great deal of sense to continue forking out for expensive repairs, when you could just as easily pick up a better car and save yourself the time, effort and money. Always think carefully about how much you may be wasting on ongoing repairs.

Health and Safety 

Last but not least, the time comes with every vehicle where it simply doesn’t feel particularly safe or comfortable to drive any more. You continue to drive it anyway, though have this nagging sense that you’re about to lose control, or perhaps watch the whole thing fall apart before your eyes. For the sake of your own safety and that of every other road user out there, this is a sure-fire sign you should be taking it OFF the road as soon as possible.

For more information on responsible and rewarding car scrapping and recycling, get in touch with a member of the Take My Scrap Car customer service team today.