Clearly the running and maintenance of you vehicle is a big expense especially if you factor in gas and insurance. Sometimes we get the sinking feeling that every time we need a car repair, we’re going to pay more than we should! So check out this list on ways you can at least reduce some of the regular running costs.
Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.10 per gallon for gas.
Check your tire pressure once a month. This simple maintenance check can add up to big savings at the gas pump.
In most cases, using cruise control on the highway will save gas.
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car’s gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. This won’t cost you too much to fix.
Inner city stop and go trips cause a lot more wear on your car. Go ahead and give your car a half hour trip at 55 mph on the highway every couple weeks if you typically drive only for short trips.
How about some preventative medicine? Keep your gas tank filled. One benefit is that it will prevent the gas lines from freezing in winter. Also if you allow the tank to run too low, you run the risk of getting dirt particles from the lower layers of the tank into the fuel lines. These debris clog up the fuel filter and can cause carburettor damage as well.
Sometimes a problem with your car’s electrical system results from a simple blown fuse. So before calling an expensive tow service check to see if it’s possible you only need to replace a fuse.
Keep track of how much oil your car uses. If your car starts to burn through more oil than usual, this is a sign you might want to take it in to have it checked.
Save your brakes by having your brake fluid changed every 30,000 miles.
Do your homework when buying a car from an auction. It’s not unknown to have autos sold at auctions that have serious flood damage. If you purchase such a vehicle, you will have nothing but problems down the road. Be on the look out for sign of corrosion or for carpeting that has been recently replaced.
If you use your car for business, keep track of miles traveled so that you can use this for a tax deduction.
There are other ways to save money on car expenses. Let’s look at the insurance payments. If you have planned for emergency expenses if you have car damage, you might be able to increase your insurance deductible. Talk to your insurance agent. If your car is as old as the hills, you might want to drop collision coverage to save money. Insurance companies want to keep your business and might well offer alternative policies. Ask your agent if the company offers reductions for driver training courses, anti-lock brakes, car alarms, air bags, mature drivers, good students or maintaining a good driving record.
Before you purchase from a dealer, ask about the dealer’s return policy, get it in writing and read it carefully. A dealer is under no obligation to offer a 3 day right of cancellation.
If you follow all the advice from this article, you may be able to save enough money to put down a healthy deposit on your next car before the old one becomes too much of a liability!