If you are still driving the same old VW you received as a gift from your parents ten years ago at your high school graduation, then it might be time for a change. You are surely different now. You probably have different goals and a different lifestyle.
You might love that VW. Maybe you really have babied it, and perhaps you actually took it to a dealership for all repairs. Even so, a new style will make you feel like a new person. This might be what you need to land a new job or at least help you with the old one. It might also attract the attention of the girl you were hoping would notice you. Those reasons are a little shallow, but the reality is that you should do this for you.
You might be fairly attached to your VW. Maybe you even gave it a name that you use when no one else is in the car. This decision to trade it in might be really difficult for you. If you are planning on trading in the vehicle for another Volkswagen, then you really should have one chosen. It is a good idea to have everything set up, so that that all you have to do is sign over your old car and sign yourself into a new vehicle.
Some moral support might be good too. Ask a friend to come along if you think you are going to back out. Tell him or her that you have to trade in your old vehicle, and ask him or her to not let you leave without doing this.
If you are not completely sure what type of car suits you the best, you might consider leasing. Talk to the dealership about putting the trade-in value towards a lease on a new car. This is a good option because in three years or so, you might be ready to try out a different vehicle, and around that time your lease will be up.
As you look at the VW vehicles that are available, write down your favorites from highest to lowest. You can begin leasing the one on the top of your list, and in a few years you can try the next if you did not like the first.
You might find that you like your new vehicle so much that you want to drive it for another three years, or you might actually decide to buy the vehicle you are leasing and have the payments that you have already paid applied to the overall cost.
Trading in your ten-year-old VW is not a mistake. It is a wise choice to do this while your vehicle is still trade-in worthy, so that you can move on to buying or leasing.