Purchasing a car is expensive, which is why people can opt to drive vehicles into the ground before upgrading. But if your car is on its way out, is it worth persevering until it dies?

Should I keep my car until it dies?

There’s no simple answer to this question. Whether or not you should keep your car until it dies is entirely dependent on your circumstances, as well as these factors:


Many modern cars are far more fuel efficient than their older counterparts. A good rule of thumb is to assume that a fuel efficient car will cover 50 to 60 miles per gallon. If your vehicle is significantly below that and you regularly make long journeys, then there will likely be upgrades that you could make to save yourself serious cash – particularly given rising inflation and cost of living. In this case, it may be time to consider whether it’s worth trading in your old car for a more efficient one.


If you’re regularly paying more on repairs than the car is worth, this is similar to being in negative equity, and it’s probably worth reconsidering whether or not the vehicle is worth keeping.

Your finances

If you’re asking yourself, “Should I keep my car until it dies?”, you should consider your financial situation carefully. You may not be financially able to purchase a new vehicle, particularly if your credit score is poor.

But there are ways of securing car finance that’s affordable and accessible. In fact, My Car Credit can work with drivers looking for car finance with a poor credit rating, and will help you to find a deal that suits your needs.

Find your dream car finance today

If you’ve got questions about how to secure affordable car finance, contact My Car Credit on enquiries@mycarcredit.co.uk. Our friendly team is on hand to address any concerns and answer any questions you may have.

Rates from 9.9% APR. Representative APR 12.4%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating


  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed


  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs


  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit


  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past


  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan

X monthly repayments of

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable




*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score*

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 12.4%, annual interest rate (fixed) 12.36%, 47 monthly payments of £196.44 followed by 1 payment of £206.44 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,939.12, total amount payable is £9,439.12.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

*Initial application is a soft search. Should you progress, some lenders may perform a hard search on your credit file.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!