Adding a new car to your stable is a great way to keep teens from leaving you stranded on the weekend.

Wondering how to know when it’s time to bite the bullet and start looking for a new car for you and your family? It’s usually a function of how often you find yourself needing access to a vehicle. With a busy household you may often head to the garage only to realize that someone else, a restless teenager perhaps, is out driving it instead. Of course, there are many reasons a second automobile might eventually become a necessity. Here are a few signs it’s time for a new car in the driveway.

Garage Is Always Empty

Depending on where you live, walking or taking public transportation to the grocery store, the hardware store, or to work in the morning isn’t always an option. If you’ve got more than one licensed individual in the house, though, sometimes the car is needed by someone else. Kids borrowing the car on the weekend, family members running errands, and conflicting work schedules can see you pounding the pavement more often than you’d like. This might be an indicator that it’s the right time for a new car to help pick up the slack.

Your Current Car Doesn’t Cut It

Your vehicle might do the job for your short commute, but what about those times when you have to haul a load of garden supplies back from the store or your grandkids visit and you suddenly need another two or three seats that aren’t there? How about when you need to tow the trailer to the campsite for the weekend? Having a second car, truck, or SUV that fills a specialized role—whether it’s hauling cargo or packing in a few more people—can be a real lifesaver. Additionally, if you find your current car in the shop more often than not, it might be time for a second car to utilize as a back up.

You Want More Fun in Your Life

A new car with sporty flair can be a ton of fun to drive, but it’s not always a practical solution for handling your day-to-day needs. However, choosing to add a sports car as a second vehicle can be more responsible than trying to pack the kids into a cramped back seat on the way to school in the morning.

Remember, there are second cars out there for every budget, especially if you’re willing to buy something a year or two old. Don’t feel that you have to break the bank simply to add the convenience of having another automobile on-hand when you need it. However, always consider the financial burden of making a large purchase. Are you ready? Can you truly manage the cost? If yes, look into an affordable auto loan and get ready to add some flexibility to your life with another set of wheels in the garage.

Benjamin Hunting

About the AuthorBenjamin Hunting

Having been bitten by the car bug at a young age, I spent my formative years surrounded by Studebakers at car shows across Quebec and the northeastern United States. Over ten years of racing, restoring, and obsessing over automobiles lead me to balance science writing and automotive journalism full time.  I currently contribute as an editor to several online and print automotive publications, and I also write and consult for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.