6 Tips for Reducing Your Car Expenses
It would be oh-so-nice if we could live without the big expenses of life. Could you imagine, for instance, if you were given a car and all the related expenses were covered? There are some jobs that offer just that. But alas, they’re hard to come by. Most of us have to live in the real world, and that means spending a big chunk of our salary on the cars we need to make life easy for ourselves.
Still, even though you’ll be responsible for your car’s expenses, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have any control over how much you spend. It’s within your control to an extent. In this post, we’ll look at some handy tips for keeping your car’s expenses to a minimum.
You’d never think to take money out of your wallet and set it on fire. Yet that’s essentially what you’ll be doing if you’re driving inefficiently. If you don’t drive in an efficient manner, then you’ll burn through more gas than is necessary, and we all know that gas isn’t very cheap these days. You can improve your MPG rate by accelerating slowly, braking smoothly, and driving at a medium speed. You’ll notice no difference in your driving experience, but you’ll visit the gas pump less frequently.
Read the Manual
There are some car tips that apply to all vehicles. Yet, while all cars essentially serve the same purpose, there can be big differences between them. You can increase the longevity of your vehicle — and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to hire a mechanic — by simply reading the user’s manual for your car. It might not be the most exciting read in the world, but it does contain important information that can help you keep your vehicle in tip-top condition. Don’t have the manual? You can find Camaro, Blazer, and S-10 repair manuals, among others, online. Commit some time to read your manual, and you’ll invariably find that you understand how your car works much better than before.
Practice Basic Maintenance
Giving your vehicle a little TLC can go a long way towards preventing those expensive car issues that can cause significant damage to your bank balance. When something goes wrong, our first thought is to find a car expert — but that costs a lot of money, and it’s not always necessary. There are plenty of tasks that you can do yourself, either as a preventative measure to prevent future problems or as an emergency repair when something goes wrong.
Some car maintenance tasks you can handle yourself include:
- Checking tire pressure
- Changing headlights
- Replacing wiper blades
- Check your oil level
- Jump-starting a dead battery
- Checking your engine’s air filter
- Refilling windshield washer fluid
- Cleaning your car.
Find a Trustworthy Mechanic
Of course, unless you’re a car expert, you can’t expect to do every car-related task yourself. And in fact, you shouldn’t, since it’s possible that you’ll just make things worse and have to spend even more money. When something seems beyond your skill set, it’ll be time to visit a mechanic. These can be expensive, but they don’t need to be. The important thing is not to just settle for the first price you get. There could be a mechanic who will do the job for much less money than you’ve initially been quoted. Once you’ve found an affordable and reliable mechanic, make them your go-to mechanic.
Drive Less Frequently
The more you drive, the more it’ll cost you. It’s as simple as that. Not only will you have to pay for gas, but there’s also the matter of parking, and plus, you’ll need to replace your vehicle sooner if you’re driving it excessively.
There’ll be instances when you don’t need to drive. You could walk or take public transport. Basically, it’s worthwhile not automatically getting into your car the second you leave your home. Is there another, cheaper way to get where you need to be?
Finally, you could consider downsizing or downgrading your vehicle. Having an expensive car for a little while can be fun, but if it’s not necessary, then you could sell the car and buy a second-hand car to replace it. Similarly, if you had a large vehicle to transport your family around, but they’re older and don’t need to be transported quite as much, then you could downsize your vehicle. That’ll help you to save on the cost of the vehicle, you’ll get better mileage, and your insurance will likely be cheaper.