Maintenance of a vehicle is a major item on your list of expenses. In fact, it’s often said that, budget-wise, having a car is not that different from having one more member of a household. Still, the amount of money that you have to pay for your car’s maintenance doesn’t really have to be that great. Some driving and maintenance habits can drastically reduce its overhead, thus, making this entire financial ordeal more financially bearable. With that in mind and without further ado, here are four tips for car maintenance cost reduction that might just come in handy.
Learn how to save on fuel
The first thing you need to learn in order to pay less for your car is to learn how to adopt driving habits that help you spend less fuel. First of all, keep in mind that actions like hard braking and rapid acceleration use more gas than doing so gradually. Therefore, start taking things a bit more slowly and, once you achieve the desired speed, start cruising once you reach the speed of 50 MPH. Aside from this, you can also save fuel by keeping your tyres inflated and getting the right motor oil. Lastly, you should also keep in mind that your AC may be consuming more fuel than you would expect. What you do with this last information is completely up to you, seeing as how sometimes turning it off is simply not an option.
Reduce the cost of your insurance
The next thing you need to understand is the fact that the cost of your insurance isn’t a fixed cost but it depends on various factors. By understanding these factors, you can drastically reduce this expense. First of all, if your vehicle is worth less than 10 times the premium (which often has something to do with age) the repair is usually not worth it. Second, by getting a bundle insurance (home and car) you can get a massive discount. Moreover, age is not the only factor that determines the worth of the vehicle, in fact, car mileage is much more significant here. Therefore, this is another reason for you to ask for a discount.
Buy your own parts
The next thing you need to understand is the fact that a mechanic is always going to charge extra for a part that might not even be high-end. In other words, by buying your own parts you can improve your car maintenance in two ways. First, you can reduce the cost of the replacement by getting a cheaper part. Second, you can use the saved money to buy a more quality part.
The way that all of this works is fairly simple and nowhere is it as transparent as with tyres. This is especially due to the fact that there are so many local retailers providing a top-notch service, that you won’t even have to wait for a delivery. For instance, a person located in the eastern Sydney can just as easily get quality tyres in Blacktown, instead of having to look for them somewhere else.
Finally, there are some repairs that you can simply handle on your own, regardless if you have any previous experience in this field. First of all, you should check the repair schedule and make sure that you know when the tyre replacement (or rotation is due), when you’re supposed to replace filters, as well as when your oil needs replacement. Second, even though this is fairly simple, it’s not uncommon that you might make a mistake, a costly one for that matter. For instance, replacing oil too often can be a massive waste of money, which is the idea that we’re struggling to fight against from the very start.
Most of the time, when we talk about saving your household budget, what we’re suggesting is usually something that requires a day-to-day effort. Well, apart from the first item on this list (the one about fuel economy) the rest of this list gives you a comparatively effortless way to do so. In this day and age, this is definitely not a small thing.