Should I Sell My Old Van or Invest in New Tires?
I have a well maintained 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 197,000 km. I'm serious about maintenance so it's reliable and it looks good... but the rust is starting and we don't need three rows of seats anymore. We don't drive that much ... so gas mileage isn't a huge issue. But hauling around a mostly empty minivan in the city doesn't make a lot of sense. I was planning to get another winter out of it before selling it (and getting all the km I can from all the recently installed spark plugs, struts, shocks etc ...).
I discovered on the weekend that my winter tires, while having a lot of tread left, are ten years old. And I understand that old rubber is bad rubber (source: Consumer Reports, which says ten-year-old tires should not be used). I don't cut corners on safety for the family. The other tires are nearly new Generals ... Altimax R43 .. which I'm not comfortable using year round (I know some people in the GTA do).
Is dropping a few hundred bucks on new winter tires sensible at this point?
It's a question of when to stop putting money into an older vehicle and move on. I find it hard to pick the best moment. I'm thinking of buying a gently used RAV4 or Nissan Murano ... so new tires won't fit my next vehicle.
I was kicking around the notion that a really good deal on mid-range winter tires might convince me to keep the van for another 12 - 18 months. But the family says after one last road trip in July (the van is perfect for vacations)... it will be time to turn in the keys.
Any guidance or thoughts welcome.