By: Gov Auctions | 22 December 2012

How to Know When to Upgrade Your Car

You can get a lot of mileage out of a good car – especially if you do a decent job of taking care of it – but no car will last forever, and it is important to know when to make the move to upgrade. The following is a brief look at how to know the right time to upgrade your car.

When you need more space

Everyone needs different amounts of space in their car, and it will largely depend on factors such as how large you are, how many others you need to fit in there and the amount of things you need to carry around. If your needs for space have outgrown your car’s ability to accommodate them, it is time to upgrade your car, because whether you drive a large car or a small one, the right car for you will be one you can fit everything into.

If reliability is becoming questionable

A car is only worth having if you can count on it to get you where you need to go, so if you are feeling a little less than sure of your car’s reliability these days, save yourself some time, money and frustration by upgrading before it lets you down again.

To mark an achievement

There is no better way to mark a big milestone or achievement than by upgrading your car, so whether you have just scored a big promotion or are about to retire, consider rewarding yourself with a better ride.

If a fantastic deal comes up

Even though your current car may have a few good years left in it, if a fantastic deal turns up on a vehicle that would be a good upgrade for you, you should seriously consider it. Whether the deal is at a car auction or you have a friend selling their car, you can score some incredible deals just by being in the right place at the right time. Obviously, you should only upgrade if you can afford it, but if you were planning on upgrading sooner or later anyhow, that auction car price or that deal of your mate’s may be too good to pass up.

If it is costing you a fortune

It is commendable to go to great lengths to keep an old car alive, but if it is costing you a fortune to keep yours on the road, save yourself some time and money and upgrade it. While every car will need to have some work done on it every once in awhile, if the repair bills on your car are starting to represent a significant portion of your budget, it is time to consider upgrading.

When you need more comfort

If you spend much time at all in your car it is vital that it is comfortable and offers enough support for your body, so if yours is no longer able to do this, it is time to upgrade. Whether you have hurt your back or are just getting a little older, your car needs to be helping rather than hurting your body, so make sure that whatever car you are driving is well and truly looking after you.