Plenty of us have vehicles that we love like children, and we don’t want to let them go if we don’t have to. While there’s nothing wrong with getting the entire life out of your vehicle, you need to be careful when it starts to advance in years. It’s not impossible to make an old truck feel new again, but there’s a limit where nothing you can do will help. Here’s how to tell when your truck is getting old so that you can prepare to move on to something a little safer and more efficient.
Rust Is Taking Over
There’s no getting around the fact that coatings and finishes can wear off over time, exposing your truck to the elements. Usually, this means rust accumulation over a lot of the vehicle. A little bit of rust on the exterior isn’t anything to worry about. But if you notice rust accumulating on the interior components of your truck, you have a much bigger issue. As soon as rust starts to hit the more delicate pieces of machinery, continuing to drive that truck puts you at unnecessary risk.
Odd Noises Are the Norm
We all know the noises our vehicles are supposed to make, which makes it all the more disconcerting when a new noise pops up out of nowhere. This can happen at any point in your vehicle’s lifespan, but you’ll start to hear it happening a lot more in older trucks. If you feel like you’re constantly trying to deal with strange noises your truck makes, it may be time to move on to something more reliable.
Oil Usage Is Excessive
A less obvious way to tell when your truck is getting old is noticing how quickly it uses up oil and how it uses it. The older your truck gets, the faster it will burn through your oil. You also want to be aware of oil leaks. If the oil starts to leak on your truck, you can get a patch job to fix it, but that’s really just a bandage over a larger wound. Eventually, those leaks will start happening more frequently, costing you a lot in repairs.
Repairs Are Too Expensive
Speaking of repairs, you need to know when to throw in the towel when it comes to expensive replacement parts and repeated repairs. Fixing your truck all the time will cost you exorbitant amounts of money in the long run, especially near the end of its life. When you start to realize that your repairs and replacements will cost more than just getting a new vehicle altogether, you know your truck is old enough to retire.