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New Year, New Car? How to know when it is the right time to purchase a new car.

Happy 2018 everybody! With the New Year upon us, you may be thinking “out way the old, and in with the new.” However, does this saying apply to your car; is now the right time to purchase a new car? We, at Orinda Motors, have compiled a few questions for you to answer. If you are saying yes to most of these, then you may think the New Year means getting a new car.


  1. Are repairs costing more than the car is worth? If you are unsure about your answer to this question, bring your vehicle to Orinda Motors, and let our technicians have a look. We will be honest about the condition of your car.

  2. Is safety becoming an issue? It doesn’t matter how well maintained your car is. If it is unsafe to operate, it is time to go. We don’t cut any corners with safety, and we don’t think you should either.

  3. Is the cost of auto insurance rising? Older cars, on average, tend to be more expensive to insure, but pay close attention to your premium. You may end up paying more than you should per month, due to the age of your vehicle.

  4. Are you paying a lot at the pump? Typically, the older the car, the less efficient it is. You may be having to fill up your tank often, along with it costing quite a bit to do so. If this is the case, then it may be wiser to purchase a newer, more fuel-efficient car.

  5. Does your car pass emission tests? If your car is not passing the emission test, then it has to go, simple as that.

  6. Is the interior of your car starting to fall apart? Once your vehicle’s interior begins to fall apart, it's usually an indicator that the rest of it will follow, especially if the interior is beyond repair.


If you answer yes to even one of these questions, it may be time to consider purchasing a new car. At Orinda Motors, we aim to look out for your best interest. We would be happy to inspect your older car and offer up some honest and straightforward advice. If you have the found the used car of your dreams, we also recommend a pre-purchase inspection. The last thing we would want is for your dream car to turn into your worst nightmare. To schedule an appointment with Orinda Motors, call us at (925) 241-5759.


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