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To buy or not to buy, that is the question. Well, sort of, haha! More like, to buy or to maintain, that is the question! The “pandemic prices” are out of control in the used and new vehicle market, and now is a great time to consider whether we want to take the plunge and buy a new/used vehicle or invest some time into maintaining and upgrading our current one!
With microchip shortages causing supply chain issues down the line, used and new vehicle prices are soaring! The problem is sequential. Microchip shortages caused a delay in new vehicle manufacturing, and we felt the sting as used vehicles took their place, with prices skyrocketing accordingly! Considering this information, maybe it is best to maintain and upgrade our current vehicles. Here are a few ways we can breathe some New Year’s life into our trusty old steeds!
Engine Overhaul/Replacement: This is a big job, but it is absolutely a more affordable option than getting a new/used vehicle, especially with the price increases in mind. You can have yourself a like-new engine in no time, with a quality engine overhaul or replacement.
Transmission Service/Replacement – Another great option to breathe new life into an old vehicle. Have you noticed any strange sounds, skipping, grinding, acceleration issues, or peculiar starting and stopping? You might have a transmission problem. A quality auto repair center can service or replace your transmission and save you the pain of buying an all-new vehicle.
Alignment: While alignments are typically considered routine work, many of us forget to stay on top of them. Proper vehicle alignment affects everything down the line, including the quality of your driving experience, tire health, engine health, and more! A well-aligned vehicle doesn’t have to work as hard to keep itself straight and propel itself down the road. Align your vehicle today, and it will thank you in the long run.
So, take a spin around the old family ride and see where you might add a little shine. It will save you money through these inflated pandemic price punches and buy you time to wait the market out. However, if you decide to buy a used vehicle, make sure that you bring it to a quality auto repair center for a pre-purchase inspection. If you are going to make the buy, ensure you are getting the most for your money.
Contact our excellent team at High Road Automotive in Seattle, WA, if you need assistance deciding to buy or maintain. We are more than happy to help you through the process in any way we can! Schedule an appointment on our website today and visit us to find out what makes us so unique in the Seattle area. We can’t wait to meet you!