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Australia is a nation of car owners, with ABS data released this year showing that there are 775 motor vehicles per capita.  While that number puts us up there with the highest in the world, it is somewhat encouraging to see that the same data shows that the average age of an Australian car to be 10.1 years old.  While common sense might suggest that holding on to a car for as long as possible means you will get the most value out of it, there are often very good reasons to sell your existing vehicle and buy another.

 

Your lifestyle has changed

If you have held on to your car for 10 years, chances are your life looks a bit different today compared to the day you bought it.  The family could have grown, or the kids may have left the nest, or you may not be covering as much distance as you used to.

 

Your car is a money pit or needs a major repair

If your car breaks down on a regular basis, it might be time to sell.  Beyond the repair costs, the time and inconvenience should also be factored in, as well other means of transportation costs when your car is out of action.  If a major repair looks like it will cost anywhere near than the value of the car, then it’s time to move on.

 

Lower fuel efficiency

Improving fuel efficiency has long been a focus for car manufacturers, and newer cars generally use less fuel.  If you’re clocking up lots of kms every year, then the savings you make on fuel may justify buying a more recent model.

 

The age of your car makes insurance more expensive

You can only hold onto a car for so long, over time this will start to drive up the cost of your insurance.  The older a vehicle gets, the more likely they will be involved in an accident, so this may be factored into insurance premiums.

 

Want to start comparing the current car loans in market to suit your financial needs? Here are some to get you started:

 

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