Owning a car can be expensive when you factor in gas, maintenance, car insurance, and the car bill itself. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on your car. If you feel like you’re bleeding money when it comes to your car, you may want to try these tips, which are sure to stop the money hemorrhage and save you big bucks.
1. Don’t Skip Regular Maintenance
You can help save money in the long run by taking your car in for regularly scheduled maintenance. Regular maintenance can help catch problems while they’re minor and before more costly work is needed. Make sure you follow your car’s guidelines for oil changes, air filter changes, and other maintenance issues to keep your car running at its peak.
2. Bargain Shop for Gas
Saving on gas is one of the best ways to reduce spending. Apps like Fuel Finder can help you locate the cheapest gas in your area. Try to buy your gas on Wednesday as it’s the day of the week when prices are typically lowest. Also, avoid gas stations near freeway exists because these stations tend to charge more.
You can save even more on gas and your car’s mileage by carpooling. Carpooling is great for your wallet and the environment, not to mention driving with friends is fun.
4. Drive Conservatively
A lead foot can hurt your wallet and drain your car’s gas. For every 5 MPH over 60 MPH driven, fuel efficiency goes down 10 percent. Driving conservatively and at an even speed can improve the life of your gas tank. Quickly accelerating and abruptly stopping also cuts into miles per gallon, so be sure to come to gradual stops and ease gently into starts.
5. Wash Your Car Yourself
Another way to save on your car is to wash it yourself. Automatic car washes can cost $8 to $15 and paying someone else to wash your car can cost even more, especially with a tip. Over a year that $8 to $15 can add up. Keep the money in your own pocket and wash your car yourself.
6. Keep Your Tires Properly Filled
Low tire pressure can actually hurt your gas mileage. By keeping your tires at the proper pressure, you could improve your gas mileage by 3 percent or more.
7. Drive With Your Windows Closed
It may seem ridiculous, but driving with your windows closed can help save you money. Keeping your windows closed while you drive improves aerodynamics, making your car more fuel efficient.
8. Keep Your Trunk Empty
Carrying around a bunch of junk in your trunk can add a lot of weight to your car, which translates into less fuel efficiency. Keeping your car as light as possible will help improve your car’s miles per gallon and save you at the pump.
9. Do Your Own Maintenance
Doing your own minor maintenance like changing your car’s oil and filters is actually pretty simple and can save a lot of money over time. Most car manuals explain how to do minor maintenance but for extra help, YouTube is full of tutorials to show you step-by-step instructions.
10. Shop Around For Car Insurance
Price check your car insurance with other companies to find the best rate and save money. Whether you decide to shop around for a different insurance provider or stay with your current service, be sure to inquire about discounts. Many insurers offer discounts for teen drivers with good grades, retirees, or safe drivers. Another way to save on insurance is combining other policies, like renter’s or homeowner’s insurance, with your car insurance.
By taking steps to save on gas, driving more effectively, and staying current with car maintenance, you can keep a lot of money in your wallet. Good luck and happy driving!
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor