Being able to drive is a great way to run your own life. You can get where you need to whenever you need to, and that can be invaluable during commuting periods and the school run. However, buying a car is already so expensive, and then we get into the long term costs of having to run it day by day. And it’s getting harder and harder to afford even just fuel alone.
It’s not all bad news though. Saving a bit of money here and there will go a long way, and it really isn’t all that hard to manage it! Knowing how cars work, and how you can make your mileage go a little bit further, will help you to keep the majority of your savings in the bank. Check out below for what you need to know.
Upgrade Your Car in the Right Places
You can mod your car in all sorts of ways, but only some upgrades are going to actually be worth it. And it’s these that’ll help slash the cost of running your car. For example, putting on more durable tyres for year round safe driving can help improve your overall fuel economy, making that tank of gas go much further. And if you can prevent yourself from needing to fill up within the next week, you can save yourself at least $30 in the meantime.
You can also try different types of engine oil, or taking off/out items that add to the weight of your vehicle. The heavier your car, the more costly it’ll be to drive, and you just can’t cope with that right now. Take everything out of the trunk (except a first aid kit and the spare tyre), keep the backseat clear, and make sure there are no unnecessary roof racks or spoilers attached.
Shop Around for Mechanics
On average, a trip to a mechanic will cost you around $300. If you’re short on funds and have an older car to take care of, this is going to be a price you can’t quite afford. And this is especially true if you have to come back again in the near future. So try to find a mechanic that works at a lower rate, or has a beneficial payment plan system you’d be happy to follow.
Indeed, not all mechanics will charge the same thing, and shopping around for the cheapest price is the best way forward. If you need an auto glass replacement service for your windshield, don’t just rock up to the first garage you come across. Get online and have a look around, and track a cheatsheet of prices with every local mechanic you come across.
Be Smart About Your Car’s Maintenance Needs
To be smart, you have to think ahead. Swapping out the battery now would be much cheaper than it going flat on the road, at which point you’ll need to call a tow service out to get you! If you’re proactive, you’re going to save money.
So, be sure to check over your car’s maintenance needs at least once a month. If you don’t know how to check on a car’s state, pop the hood and watch a tutorial that’ll walk you through each section.
Use Your Fuel Wisely
Speaking of your fuel economy, the further you can make fuel go, the better your driving experience will be. After all, refilling the tank is the bulk of the cost you have to fork out for, and you’d do anything to try and cut down on this fact! And all you need to do here is be a more safe and careful driver.
For example, push softly down on your accelerator, even when you’re in the midst of a traffic jam and need to close the gap quickly. And also try to stay calm on the road – only overtake when you’re sure, as a missed opportunity can cost you some fuel you could really do with later on. All in all, the smoother you drive (including keeping your car as aerodynamic as you can), the further your fuel money will go.
Your car is going to be expensive, there’s no doubt about that. But it doesn’t have to become impossible to run and just sit in the driveway. You can save pockets of money in multiple areas and use them to pad out your bank account once again. So, keep the tips above in mind to keep you on the road.