With tough economic times all around us, it’s hard to save a few bucks here and there. If your budget is tight and you are looking for ways to make even further cuts, consider a few ways to save some extra cash on your car expenses.
One of the biggest ways to save money is to increase your car’s fuel efficiency. Be sure your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure, check and replace you air filters when needed and keep up with your oil changes. Although these things cost money too, they are all necessary for the well being of your car, so you should go ahead and save money where you can by keeping up with the maintenance.
Driving a few miles out of your way to save a few cents per gallon may cost you more money burning the extra fuel. If there is a better deal across town, plan your trips accordingly when you run your errands.
Wash It Yourself
Car washes can be expensive, with some full service car wash places charging $20 or more for a basic wash. Use the money you save from getting your car washed one time and purchase your own car washing materials that you can use over and over again to do your own car washes.
All cars need maintenance services and you can save some real money using coupons to get the things you need for your car. Sign up for as many internet promotions as you can to get coupons online and in the mail. Look on the back of your grocery store receipts for coupons on oil changes, alignments, brake services and more. Save some real money doing some of the maintenance things yourself, and get the parts you need with coupons from your local auto parts stores. Look to Black Friday deals for buy one, get one free tires.
Don’t sacrifice sub-par insurance in order to save money, but do shop around for the cheapest insurance quotes for the coverage needed. It never hurts to ask your current insurance company if they can offer you any additional insurance discounts for your loyalty to them.
Regardless of your financial status, having a car is essential for getting you and your family to work and school. However, there are plenty of ways you can save money on your car without sacrificing on any necessary services.