Fix It Or Scrap It?

You’ve got to have asked yourself this question about a car before. Unless you’ve bought a brand new car, and a few small things have gone wrong, then you’ll understand the potential trouble that an older car can potentially bring. Some people prefer to fix it, some people prefer to scrap it. But sometimes a car could so easily be fixed if you just knew what the right thing to do was, but then there are times when it is so badly broke that it’s definitely time to scrap it. Here’s a guide to help you know which is the right one to do.


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Simple Fixes

So, let’s start with the things that you shouldn’t be scrapping your car over. The first thing that a lot of people experience is a car failing to start. Immediately people assume the whole engine is ruined and the car needs to go. But most of the time it’s just an issue with the battery that can easily be fixed. So ask yourself, ‘why is my car battery flat?’. Did you perhaps leave your light on in the car all night? Or did you sit in the car for a while listening to the radio with the car turned off? If this is the case, you might have just drained the battery and a simple charge up will do. You can either do this by jump starting the car and taking it for a drive, or you can disconnect the battery and use a car battery charger to do it for you. Another simple fix is a check engine warning light. Again, instantly you’ll think there’s a massive fault with the engine, but there usually isn’t. All you have to do is get out your car manual, and see what the fix is. Most of the time it’ll say simply turning the car off and leaving it off will trip the system into working again. If it doesn’t go away, consider the following two sections.

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Ones For A Garage

If something is persistent and you can’t figure out what a simple fix would be, it might be worth checking it in with the garage. One of the most common on a car is an oil leak. You’ll notice patches of oil being left wherever your car was, and you run the risk of your engine overheating. They’re actually not that expensive to fix, and the problem shouldn’t happen for years to come after that. If you’re having trouble with your power steering, your brakes feel weak, or you’re losing power, it’s definitely one for the garage to handle.


Time To Scrap

Sometimes a car will just come to the end of its life. If the problem you’re trying to fix is worth more than the car, then you know it’s time to get rid of it. Then you can think about upgrading to newer models, perhaps even getting finance on a new car and treating yourself. Sometimes you just have to accept that you’ve run a car into the ground, no matter how much you loved it!