Whether your car has just failed its latest motor vehicle inspection, been damaged in a recent crash, or even if it has just seen better days, it can be difficult to decide whether to fork out for more repairs or simply cut your losses and have it scrapped.
Fortunately, there are several key elements that determine whether or not you should keep your car or hand it over to your nearest junkyard.
Keep reading to discover what these are and make the decision about your car’s future today.
1. The Repairs Cost More than the Car Itself
If you have had your car for a long time, you may very well have grown emotionally attached to it. Therefore, you may have been working tirelessly to ensure it is still road worthy so you can keep it for just a bit longer.
However, if the cost of repairs is now costing you more than the value of the vehicle itself, then it is time to let go.
One of the most expensive items of a car to replace is the timing belt, so if this goes — which it often does on cars that have a done a lot of mileage — you should probably look into getting rid of a scrap car and make some money.
2. If Your Car Can No Longer Cope with Long Journeys
If you avoid travelling long distances because you are not sure if your car will last the journey, then this is a sure sign that your car is ready for the scrap heap. Over time, vehicles become susceptible to general wear and tear and rust, and the main components — including the engine and brakes — will not be in the same condition they were before.
You should want a car you can rely on and one that can give you what you need; therefore, a car that cannot cope with long journeys should no longer be on the road.
3. If Your Car is No Longer Safe
This is an incredibly important element to consider. Even if your car is able to get you from point A to point B, you also need to ensure that your vehicle is safe for both you and for other drivers on the road.
Ask yourself the below questions:
- Does your car have working air bags?
- Are all seatbelts working properly?
- Are your brake pads still effective?
- Is there enough tread on your tyres?
Of course, all of the above can be fixed, but this can be costly, so you may want to consider investing in a new car instead.
4. Rust is Becoming a Problem
Rust not only makes your car look old and in disrepair, it can also have a seriously detrimental effect on the working order of your vehicle. If allowed to spread, rust can cause the metal in your car to become brittle and break, which in turn, will lead to your car becoming un-drivable.
Rust can also affect the brakes, the fuel lines and the engine compartment, often resulting in airand water leaks.
5. Key Components Are Failing
It is one thing for your car to have a flat tyre or a broken air conditioning system, but quite another for it to need a new engine or its clutch or transmission repaired. If your car has failed its most recent motor vehicle inspection due to one or more major problems that will be very expensive to repair, then you should definitely look into having the vehicle scrapped.