Should I Repair or Replace My Old Car?

Should I Repair or Replace My Old Car?


If you’re a car owner in Cornwall, Ottawa, Lancaster, or Fort Covington, sooner or later you’ll be forced to make the choice

Should I Repair or Replace My Old Car?

The decision can be difficult; there are pros and cons to both keeping and replacing your old vehicle. Seaway Hyundai wants to help you make your decision. Think of it in terms of practicality, math, and intuition. Your decision should make sense financially and personally.

If you’re wondering if you should replace or repair your car, ask yourself the following questions:

Do your repairs cost more than the car is worth?

This can be determined with some research and simple math. Calculate the value of your vehicle around Massena and Ottawa using online tools such as Black Book, or a value your trade tool, like the one we offer here. If repairs total more than your vehicle is worth, you may want to replace the vehicle.

Will future repairs cost more than the vehicle is worth around Ottawa or Cornwall, ON?

Like current repairs, you also need to think about what future repairs your vehicle might need. If you’re driving from Cornwall to Lancaster thinking you’ll need new brakes in a few months, it might be in your best interest to trade in your vehicle for a newer one.

Can you afford a monthly payment?

If your car is old enough that you no longer have a payment, determine if it makes financial sense to pick up a car payment. If your repairs only total a few hundred dollars once or twice a year in Ottawa, it’s going to be far less expensive to repair than to replace.

Is your current car reliable?

Your safety should be your number one priority when driving any vehicle. If you’re apprehensive about your car breaking down as you’re driving around Massena or Fort Covington, you should replace it immediately.

How has your lifestyle changed since you last purchased a car?

At Seaway Hyundai we know sometimes big life changes can cause our vehicles to no longer meet our needs. Maybe you’ve started a family near Ottawa and could use some extra space in the back seat. Perhaps you’ve moved from Massena or Ottawa to Lancaster, doubling or tripling your commute time, making your gas-guzzling pickup impractical. Whatever your lifestyle change, a new car may meet your needs better than your current vehicle.

Can you afford a down payment?

Sometimes, you can get away with minimal or no down payment—especially during special events or Hyundai incentives at Seaway Hyundai. However, most of the time, you’re going to have to put as much as 20% down. If you just can’t swing the down payment right now, it might make more sense to keep your car and save up until you can afford it.

What will your new insurance costs be?

In ON, sometimes changing your vehicle can change the cost of your insurance. It’s worth looking into and calculating what your new payment would be before committing to a new vehicle.


By asking yourself the above questions, you can gain some insight into whether you should repair your current vehicle or get a new one altogether. People living near Cornwall and Ottawa can reach a trusted mechanic to get an honest assessment of the cost of repairs on your vehicle at Seaway Hyundai, schedule a service appointment here or call (613) 933-8135 .

If you’re looking to replace your car, value your trade here and call to make an appointment with a Seaway Hyundai sales representative who can get you into a new ride today.


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