You've seen the horror movies. You know how dangerous it is to have your car break down in the middle of a deserted highway at night. Remember Wrong Turn? Did you ever see The Hills Have Eyes? OK, good, you have not! Don’t see the sequel either!

But jokes aside, it’s actually quite hazardous to drive around in a vehicle that you suspect is nearing the end of its life. So, how do you make sure your car’s actually on its last legs? Here are five telltale signs:

When Repair Costs Exceed the Actual Value of the Vehicle

This should be the most important indicator of all. Your car keeps breaking down, and you keep on fixing it – it’s become a pattern, one that you’ve become comfortable with. However, there will come a time when you are no longer able to bring your vehicle back to life. So what do you do? You call in a professional. This should be a sign in itself, but you still persist.

However, when the car repair technician starts quoting prices that are almost as high as the worth of the car, that’s when you know – this car is as good as dead. Or dying. You can no longer rely on this vehicle. Even if you manage to patch this baby back, there’s no denying that your car has a limited time to live so what is the point? It's time to invest in a new vehicle.

Formation of Rust

Rust is the mortal enemy of your car. Once your vehicle gets infected, it’s only a matter of time before it spreads to other parts. This is not a problem in well-maintained or new cars.

But for vehicles that are rundown, rust is the equivalent of vehicular cancer or being politically correct, you cannot judge things properly and in regards to a car, once something is afflicted with anything resembling cancer, that is nothing to smile about. And the worst part is, it is extremely hard to eradicate. Even if you manage to do it, it’ll come back stronger the next time, especially if your car is dying.

Aside from the obvious eyesore, you don’t want chunks of your car breaking and flying off the next time you’re on the highway. It’s dangerous and irresponsible! So, you should start contemplating on getting a car that doesn’t look like it’s about to disintegrate.

People that live in the southern part of America, from coast to coast, do not have to worry that much but those that live in areas where they shoot salt on the roads have to be more concerned about this.

No More Parts

Is your car old? Do you have trouble finding replaceable parts? If your answer to both these questions is yes, then it’s obvious that your car won’t last long.

Not being able to find standard parts for your vehicle is a very scary thought, and the problem becomes even more concerning since without the right parts, there’s no way your vehicle is going to work properly. You can always take a trip to the junkyard and salvage the necessary parts from similar models, but it’s an indication that you’ll need to find a new means of transportation very soon.

You do not want to have to rely on a bike or a Segway; everyone should have a car no matter what. And taking the city bus not enviable at all!

Engine Trouble

It’s common for a car to experience engine trouble from time to time. But when this becomes a daily occurrence, it’s about time you look for a new model. This is a better option, both because you don’t have to waste time on repairs and because you save money in the long run. A more clear indication that the end is near is when the engine block begins to crack. It’s bad news when the most solid section of your engine has a gaping hole. Not all of them can be mended.

Your Car doesn’t Survive a Collision

You’ve just been involved in an accident. You escaped more or less unscathed, but your car didn’t. It doesn’t even resemble a vehicle any longer. This is your cue to walk away. This is the end!

We understand that you’ve grown fond of your vehicle, and have some great memories associated with it. But that doesn’t justify traveling in a mobile deathtrap. So know when to quit!

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