While most Virginian motorists agree that cars eventually need to be replaced, it can be difficult for drivers to decide when to do this. Some people refuse to let go of vehicles until they've completely rusted out or been totaled in accidents. Others believe it's wise to trade in cars at the first sign of trouble. Automotive experts and financial media outlets also offer varying recommendations. Value-Based Edmunds encourages motorists to replace their vehicles if pending repair expenses exceed 12 months of car payments or the auto's resale value. Nonetheless, it warns drivers not to let unexpected breakdowns spur impulsive buying. In the long run, many vehicle owners cut costs when they save cash for down payments, research various models and find the best deals on replacement cars.