Having a car is somewhat of a luxury, it gets you to where you want to be and depending on what you use it for it can be your most prized possession. However, the only downside of having a car is the fact it can cost you an absolute fortune to keep it running. Read on to find out a couple of different ways you can cut down on your car costs.
Almost every aspect of your car is going to cost you money, from driving it to insurance. However, you can also save money off every aspect of car expenses.
The time of year your insurance comes around can be so tedious. Insurers will often provide you with a renewal quote that in some cases can be significantly more expensive then your last year, even if you have made no claims and have been a perfect driver.
Looking around may seem boring and well, time-consuming but you will be the one that benefits from it. Use different comparison sites such as GoCompare, CompareTheMarket and Confused.com to get the best possible quote. We always suggest looking at like for like quotes, as some insurance companies will seem cheaper however, once you add on all the extras become considerably more expensive.
It might come as a surprise but saving around 5p per litre on the price of either your petrol or diesel could save you over £100 a year. We also recommend signing up for loyalty schemes with supermarkets as they will often offer you a range of discounts when you get petrol at their petrol station when you spend a minimum amount in store.
You can save a considerable amount of money when you change the way your drive. If you follow these steps, you could notice a 10% to 30% decrease in your fuel costs:
- Make sure you are not driving to fast
- Make sure to use the right gear
- Do not over rev your engine
- If you can avoid it, do not use the air conditioning
- Keep your tyres at the right manufacturers pressure
- Do not stop start your car in an aggressive manner
Another thing you must consider is the mileage you cover; this does make a difference if you are working on the road and have to drive over long distances to get to your desired destination. If you are covering fewer miles then stated on your insurance premium you should make them aware as you may find this could actually reduce your overall coverage cost.
Unfortunately, the more miles you cover, the more of a risk you are to your insurance company. It is because if you were to have an accident, you would cost the insurance company more money then those who travel fewer miles.
Making sure you book your car in for a regular car service is one of the best ways to save you money. It will normally detect if there are any potential issues with your vehicle and give guidance on what parts of your car you may need to keep an eye on in the future. Your car will also receive full body care, meaning oils and other fluids in your car’s engine will be replaced, giving the vehicle a new lease on life.
We always recommend if there are any smaller repairs that you could potentially do yourself at home, such as replacing a light bulb or changing the tyre. It can save you a considerable amount of money, at the end of the day anything you take your car for at a garage will be charged for labour cost. If you are really looking to cut your car cost then why not consider doing these smaller repairs at home.
Changing the oil
We mentioned previously about taking your car for an annual service, where it will most likely receive an oil change. However, you should also be keeping an eye on your oil during the rest of the year, every couple of months it is highly recommended you check and potentially change your oil. The oil in your vehicle can become contaminated which can severely damage your car. Not only can it cause damage, but it could potentially cost you more in the long run in.
Something that is not commonly known is that your antifreeze should be changed every so often. Over time your antifreeze can become more acidic over time, which could cause damage ad corrosions to your vehicle internally. We always recommend mentioning this to your car garage when you pop in for any service as you may find they do it quickly there and then for you.
Find a good mechanic
Finding a good mechanic for your car is essential, as unfortunately, there are a lot of mechanics out there who would happily take your money for a bad job. We always recommend finding someone you like and trust and sticking with them. Even if they are a little bit expensive in comparison to other car garages, you might find that if you went to a different one, they could do a job badly, which only means you will need to return to your usual garage for additional work.
A good mechanic is one who will be completely honest with you, here at Ben and Lenny’s we pride ourselves on giving our customers reliable and sound advice on any repair, service or MOT. We often find that a lot of customers do not know much about cars, and this is usually where you may be taken advantage of by other mechanics, however, we will not only help with your understanding but will make sure you know exactly what we will be doing to your vehicle before we actually do it.
Don’t overload your car
Are you the kind of person that likes to hoard things in their car? When you have a considerable amount of weight on the car, then you might find that your miles per gallon are reduced. So, make sure to remove all of the junk you have in your car including the boot.
Cutting your car cost
When you really think about it, it is actually not too hard to cut down on car costs. It just means you have to be a little more conscious about your vehicle and give it a little extra tender loving care. Make sure you always book it in for a regular service and anything that comes up in the MOT Testing Centre is repaired in good time, if you prolong it you could be costing yourself more money in the long run.