5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Vehicle

It’s a fact of life: cars don’t last forever! From time to time, vehicles will need to be replaced. Are your stuck trying to decide between keeping or replacing your vehicle? Have you thought about how to get rid of your old car?

If you’re in this position, Ohio Valley Goodwill is here to help you make a decision! Let’s look at five signs it’s time to upgrade your vehicle:

It’s too small for your family

As your family expands, it’s only natural that you’ll need a bigger vehicle! If you’re still holding onto a smaller compact car, upgrading to a van or SUV could be a more family-friendly option. Family cars typically have enhanced safety features, giving you more peace of mind when transporting your loved ones.

Tan 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Front at Ohio Valley Goodwill
Chrysler Town & Country at Ohio Valley Goodwill

It has outdated features

Another reason to upgrade your car is to take advantage of the latest features available in newer models. Features like back-up cameras, touch-screen displays, keyless entry, tv screens, and heated seats make driving a lot more comfortable and convenient. If your current vehicle lacks the amenities you want or need, consider letting go and looking for a new-to-you vehicle.

Red 2018 Kia Sportage LX Side at Ohio Valley Goodwill
2018 Kia Sportage at Ohio Valley Goodwill

It has high mileage

With regular maintenance, most cars can stay functioning for about 200,000 miles. If your car is creeping toward the 200,000-mile mark or higher, it could be time to get a new ride! Cars with very high mileage may also be less reliable, which could lead to pricey repairs.

It no longer fits your lifestyle

Maybe you have a gas-guzzling car and a long commute. Switching to a hybrid car could help save you a lot of money! Maybe you need a rugged truck with four-wheel drive to haul a boat or trailer. Or, maybe you’re looking for a fun sports car to cruise the streets. Whatever the case, it’s important to have a vehicle that’s right for your lifestyle. If your current car no longer fits the bill, it’s time to start looking for your next ride.

Red 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Side at Ohio Valley Goodwill
1978 Cadillac Eldorado at Ohio Valley Goodwill

It needs major repairs

As your car gets older, paying for maintenance and repairs can add up quickly. Problems with transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and can be particularly expensive. Over time, it may make more financial sense to replace your car rather than continuing to pay for costly repairs.

Are you ready to get rid of your current vehicle? Ohio Valley Goodwill is here to help!

Giving your car to Goodwill is an easier, more convenient way to donate a car in Cincinnati. Rather than going through the hassle of selling your car, you can simply contact Goodwill and drop off your vehicle or arrange to have it towed for free!

Your car donation will a long way in helping Goodwill positively impact the Cincinnati community. That’s because our weekly public auto auction is run completely in-house, which means there’s no third-party auctioning company getting a cut of your generous donation. The proceeds from our auto auction give individuals with disabilities a chance to learn valuable job skills, find meaningful employment, and be fully integrated into their communities. It’s all a part of our mission to change lives through the power of work!

By the way, if you’re looking for your next new-to-you vehicle, you can always attend our weekly auto auction and place your bid on one of the donated vehicles in our lineup! See our auto auction details for more information.

Need another good reason to donate a car to Goodwill? You could be eligible for a tax advantage! Ohio Valley Goodwill is a local non-profit with 100+ years of service in Greater Cincinnati. When you donate your car, the IRS may allow you to claim a tax deduction for your donation. Visit the IRS website for additional details.

Donate your car to Goodwill today! We have several convenient donation drop sites across Greater Cincinnati. Contact us today to get started!

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