A car is an expense that most of us need to have. A vehicle takes us to and from work which allows us to earn a living. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still save money with your car. Here are 5 ways to save money with your car.
Do It Yourself
If you have some basic knowledge of cars, you can do some basic do it yourself maintenance. You can do things like adding coolant, transmission, brake and steering fluid. If you know a little more you can do your own air filter and oil changes, you can change your own brakes and replace the battery too. If your partner or a relative knows these basics they can help you out too.
Properly Inflate Your Tires
Make sure your tires are full of air. Not too much, not too little. The tire should tell you how much psi to put. You’ll waste less gas if your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. You can carry a digital reader that will tell you how inflated your tires are. They even sell those small pumps for as little as $15 so you can pump air into your own tires at home.
Listen To Your Car
Your car will let you know when something is wrong. It could be something subtle like a weird noise you haven’t noticed before. It could be a slight odor that seems off. Or it can be the dreaded check engine light. Whatever it is, it is a warning telling you that something is wrong. Do not ignore these warnings. Sometimes just a minor fix can avoid a potential disaster. Forget about how much this disaster would cost, your life is at stake too.
Go To A Good Mechanic
You don’t need to go to the dealer for every minor repair you need. There are plenty of mechanics who’ll actually buy the parts from the dealer themselves and install them. It’s the same exact part. The only difference is in the cost of labor.
Find a good reliable mechanic and keep going to the same one. They’re less likely to scam you if you’re a repeat customer. If you don’t know where to go, ask for a recommendation from someone you know. Otherwise going on Yelp is your best bet.
You’ll waste the least amount of gas going on the highway at about 55-60 miles per hour. Speeding may get you to where you want to be in a shorter amount of time, but it will also cost you more. Being a safe driver also saves you some gas too. By not making tight turns at a high speed you’ll be more fuel efficient. Also, don’t accelerate or decelerate too much and your fuel efficiency will increase.