Jerky starting and stopping
“Transmission issues are expensive. So, if you notice violent acceleration or braking while driving your car (and especially if all that jerking and shuddering is accompanied by some unpleasant grinding noises), it’s likely time to move on to a new vehicle.” – Matt Smith, senior editor at CarGurus.com.
Your car has rust
“Rust is a very expensive problem to fix and it continues to get worse if you don’t catch it when it starts. Once rust starts, it spreads quickly. Water leaks also tend to do widespread damage in that water sits in hidden spots and causes corrosion. Both problems need to be looked at thoroughly to gauge how much damage has happened.” – Tom O’Neill, car bodyshop owner.
You’re holding on for love
“Much like the human body, your car requires precious fluids to stay alive. If you are having to refill any of your car’s vital fluids – coolant, oil, brake, and power steering fluid, etc – every month, then it is only a question of when, not if, something will go out.” – David Ambrogio, a car valuer.