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Should you Fix Up or Break Up with your vehicle?

It’s not you, it’s me. 

It can be quite surprising how attached we get to our vehicles. But if you stop for a moment and look back, we tend to go through a lot with them. I never considered myself attached to my Chevy Malibu, but when it got totaled, and it was time to say goodbye, you better believe there were some unexpected tears.

When there are memories involved, it can make it hard to make that final decision. Quite honestly, the final decision is going to depend on your personality. If you are determined to keep it and fix it, no amount of numbers will change your mind. However, if you’re not quite as emotionally invested, here are a few tips to help you make a decision:

What is your car worth?

The value of your vehicle is going to effect a lot of your choices. You can easily find this by checking the Kelly Blue Book website. It takes everything into account such as the year, features, mileage, and condition. Once you have that number, you can more easily decide whether a fix is worth it  or not.

Does your car need a little TLC or a complete overhaul?

Do you need to get an entirely new part, or do you just need to make a minor repair? This may seem like a little detail, but it is rather key. If you have to completely replace a part, but it adds less value to the vehicle than what you just dished out, you might want to think about a break up. If you’re not sure how much value a repair will add to your vehicle, try asking a trusted mechanic.

Ask a Mechanic for an opinion. 

Seek out your friendly neighborhood mechanic for some advice. If you don’t have a regular mechanic on call then ask your friends for a referral.

Get Creative with some DIY. 

Even if you aren’t mechanically inclined, there are likely some small repairs that you can do yourself. YouTube is a great resource!

Put the decision on pause. 

Just how important is the fix? There are some things you shouldn’t ignore such as tires, breaks, or a radiator. Smaller things, that are really more of an inconvenience than an actual problem, might be able to sit on that back burner a while longer.

It may be time to end the relationship.

If you make it through that list and find that the repair needed will cost a large portion of the vehicle’s total value, then you probably need to break up with your vehicle. At the end of the day, you want to be the one calling the shots, not the other way around. Take one more photo; remember all the good times you had as you say goodbye.

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