Are you looking for ways to save money while keeping your vehicle on the road? If so, you’re not alone. While repairs are necessary, they don’t need to be costly as well. Want a few suggestions that can help you save money (without keeping your vehicle in a garage) on repairs and maintenance? Here are seven tips that can help you save.
1. Don’t buy parts from a dealership. Dealerships suggest certain parts so that you will continue to spend money at their location. Unless your warranty requires you to use specific parts, find your parts elsewhere. Off-brand parts will cost much less and perform just as well.
2. Buy used parts when you can. While you wouldn’t want to buy used tires or oil, there are some used parts that make sense. Engines are perhaps the best things to buy used. An engine can be restored to like-new condition and provide you with all the performance and reliability that a new engine could, for half the price.
3. Drive carefully. Flooring the accelerator and jamming the brake to the ground will wear out your vehicle faster than you can imagine. Plus, driving erratically will use at least 25% more fuel than is necessary.
4. Do as much maintenance as you can, on your own. Oil changes are easy enough that a child can do them. They require very few tools, very little time, and most importantly, very little money. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by performing your own oil changes. If you don’t know how, visit a site that can instruct you on how to do so.
5. Keep all fluids topped off. If you are driving in extreme conditions, make sure you keep your coolant and anti-freeze topped off. The same goes for your oil. Most vehicles don’t require a bit of oil between changes. Even if you don’t think your vehicle does, make sure to check its oil every couple of weeks.
6. Keep your tires properly inflated. If your tires are underinflated they will wear out incredibly fast. Depending on how much your vehicle weighs, how low your tire pressure is, and how you drive, you can go through a set of tires that should last 50,000 miles in a single season. Besides ruining the tires themselves, the way your vehicle handles will also be compromised. Poor handling can lead to dangerous accidents and collisions. Last of all, underinflated tires will cost you more in fuel, too. If your vehicle is struggling to roll over floppy, squished tires, it’s going to use more power. Using more power means using more fuel. Using more fuel means spending more money than you should.
7. Be aware of your vehicle and your surroundings. By paying attention to what is happening around you, you can drive more calmly and potentially avoid accidents. While you can’t avoid every accident and collision, being aware can help you stay safe. And nothing costs more than trying to fix or replace your vehicle (not to mention your body) after an accident.
If you want more tips on how to save money, visit a site dedicated to saving money on auto repairs.