Owning a car is great, but only if you’re actually able to afford it. All cars are expensive and require quite a lot of money to maintain, which is why finding ways to save money on your vehicle is always a good idea.
There are lots of tips you can look into and find out what works for you in practice, so here are five of the most effective and lucrative ideas you should check out as soon as you can.
Check it regularly
Getting your car checked regularly can sound like a boring and tiring job, but it’s still better than having to pay tons of money when your car breaks down in the middle of the road. There are two ways you can check your car – take it to your mechanic or do it on your own. If you prefer the first option, you’ll know your vehicle is always in the right shape and perfect condition, but you’ll have to pay a bit more.
If you opt for the second alternative, you need to know what to look for. Some of the things you should pay attention to include your oil level, air filters, tires, windshield, brakes, and battery, so learn how to maintain your car yourself and save even more money that way.
Find the cheapest fuel
All cars need fuel and all drivers know that fuel can be quite costly. However, fuel prices vary more than you can imagine. This means you can save quite a decent sum of money every single year if you just get informed and learn how to find the most affordable station in your area.
For instance, some stations offer special weekend promotions and if you visit them on Saturdays and Sundays, you could save up to 10%. The same goes for public holidays and special occasions, so follow these promotions as often as you can. Finally, don’t be afraid to keep your tank full because that will extend the lifespan of your car and make it more susceptible to breakdowns.
Get a new car
If you don’t seem to be able to finance your current vehicle, you can always get a new one. Sometimes, starting fresh is better and your new car might turn out to be more cost-effective and require less maintenance, so buying it might seem like a sensible investment.
What you need to do first is sell the car you’re driving right now and use that money to finance your new ride. Most people have the following mental process in their mind – first: find a new car; second: find someone who will quickly buy my car and offer me a fair price; third: buy a new car. Of course, this is the right way to do these things, unless you have a huge sum of money in your wallet and don’t know how to use it.
Adjust your speed
Even though we’re always in a hurry and running late, driving like a maniac is the worst thing you could do. This isn’t just the most irresponsible and dangerous thing you could do when you’re behind the wheel, but it’s also the worst thing you could be doing to your car.
When you’re driving fast, you’re putting more pressure on your car than you should, and just because you don’t see it immediately, you’re also destroying your car from within. Every part of your vehicle is basically under a ton of stress to keep up with your tempo, so stop acting that way immediately. Adjust your speed, cool it down, take your foot off the gas, and your car will thank you for it.
Protect your car
It doesn’t matter where you live and how old your car is – all corners of the globe have certain weather conditions that could potentially damage your vehicle. Rain, snow, wind, dust, and sand are among the least dangerous conditions, but hurricanes, tornadoes, and monsoons can truly destroy your ride.
That’s why protecting your car against these weather conditions is a great thing to do. Park it in a garage or get a protective cover, and you’ll minimize the chances for damages and save tons of money in the long run. This is just one of the ways to take great care of your car, so start doing so right now.
Saving money on your car might not always be easy, but it’s necessary if you want to help your monthly budget and still drive a great vehicle, so look into these ideas and start making the most of them!
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Peter is a men's grooming & fashion writer at High Street Gent magazine from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.