How to Save Money on Car Maintenance
Cars are not Cheap
Having a car can be great, it can mean convenience, independence and freedom. But it also means costs, and big ones. Having a car is not cheap, and there are regular costs as well as one off massive costs. So saving money wherever you can on a car is going to be a real boost to your bank balance.
Learn How to fix Little Problems
It might sound like a cliche, but a little bit of knowledge can go a long way, attending a course in car maintenance might cost money upfront, but if your car is a few years old, you are pretty much guaranteed to make that money back within the year.
Always follow proper safety precautions when doing any kind of work on your car, and if you are unsure whether it is safe to do something, don't do it, it's not worth the risk.
Look for courses at your local college, they are normally available at a decent price.
Council MOT Centres
If you don't know much about cars, it can make you easy pickings for shady mechanics. They are not all like this, some are perfectly honest and wouldn't touch your car unless it needed it. But there are some who would gladly rip you off. Taking you car to a council MOT centre means that they will only do the test there, not the repair, so it isn't in their interests to fail your car for the sake of it because they won't be making any more money.
Most people in their right mind will compare insurance prices, but did you know that it's in your best interests to compare the results of the comparison sites? Go Compare, one of the UK's leading insurance comparison sites, is actually owned by e sure, an insurance company.
So it is not exactly a fair and unbiased recommendation you will be getting, it might take a little while longer, but you could potentially save money by comparing the comparison sites.
No Unnecessary Weight
Cars can be kind of an extension to our homes, but if you carry too much weight in your car, it won't be good for it, and it will also cost you more money because you will be using more petrol due to the excess weight! So only keep what you need in the car, this includes an emergency breakdown kit.
Keep Your Tyres Properly Inflated
Keeping your tyres inflated to the correct pressure will save you money on petrol, they work most efficiently when they are properly inflated, checking them on a regular basis will also help identify any slow punctures that might be costing you money. It doesn't cost much to inflate your tyres and it's really easy to do. If you're not sure of the pressure needed for your car, check online, you will be able to find it.
The 20p Rule
Most people know that you're not supposed to have tyres that are too worn out, but they don't know that you can be fined up to £2,500 per worn out tyre, and you can get 3 penalty points for each inadequate tyre too!
So potentially, you could get a £10,000 fine and 12 penalty points for four bad tyres, this would result in at least a 6 month driving ban.
You can test to see if your tyres are road worthy by placing a 20p coin in the tread grooves on your tyres. If you can see the outer band of the 20p, you need new tyres as soon as you possible can.
Turn Your Engine Off
If you're going to be waiting longer than five or ten minutes, switch your engine off. You're still wasting petrol, even if you're not moving! Plus, think about the environment!
Leave the Car at Home
I am not suggesting you stop using the car altogether, but if you're driving for one minute to the local shop, think about whether you could walk that distance. We're all guilty of it, but those short journeys are the ones that add up.
You can Run a Car on a Budget
Having a car can be great, but if you are on a budget then you need to know how to run it efficiently or you will end up spending a small fortune every month in maintenance costs and petrol.