Modern cars can, if treated well, run almost forever. Hitting 100,000 miles is nothing these days, and some motorists have rolled over a million.
That said, even well-maintained vehicles can send signals that it’s time to think about buying a new car (or a new used car).
Often, these signs are subtle – your car whispers rather than shouts. For the first few years of ownership, a new car is under warranty, and the manufacturer will repair major problems.
But once you get past 50,000 miles, unless you purchase an extended warranty, you’re often on your own. That means listening to your car and studying its changes in mood.
The daily diagnostics will provide valuable clues and help you decide when it’s time to say goodbye to your old car and hello to a new set of wheels.
1. Weird noises or smells.
5. Technology debt.
6. Shaky steering.
7. Pieces falling off.
8. A repair that costs more than the car is worth.
9. Awkward transmission shifts or declining fuel economy.
10. Poor emissions tests.
11. The odometer is closing in on 100,000 miles.
12. You just made you last loan payment.