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How to Save Money on Car Expenses

Man frustrated about car trouble

If you own a vehicle, you know that we can contribute a chunk of our monthly expenses to maintaining our cars. However, there are little things you do that can save you large sums of money. If you want to cut out unnecessary costs, learn exactly how to save money on car expenses.
Get A Used Car
Being able to save money on car expenses starts with the one you buy. Consider getting a used vehicle because there’s a better chance that you can pay it off in full. By paying in full, you won’t have to worry about monthly car payments.

Seek Out Gas Stations with Low Prices
One of the most important expenses we associate with our car is fuel. The good news is you can seek out gas stations with the lowest price by using an app such as Gas Buddy, Waze, Dash, and many others. Saving a few cents each time you fill up your tank can end up saving you hundreds of dollars in total. If you notice that your vehicle is a gas guzzler, think about getting a new one with better fuel efficiency.

Drive Safely
Another car expense that we typically owe each month is insurance. A common indicator of rates has to do with your accident history. So, try to be as safe as possible, so you don’t find yourself in an accident that will increase your insurance payment each month.

Use Other Means of Transportation
Your car isn’t the only kind of transportation you have. Consider walking or riding a bike to places that are close to your home, instead of wasting gas by using your car. This will not just save you money, but it will also help the environment as well.

Work on Car Repairs Yourself
Car repairs and maintenance are bound to happen, but how you chose to go about it can also save you a ton of money. The more expensive option would be to get the work done by a mechanic because you have to pay for labor costs. The better option for your wallet would be to perform the car repairs yourself because all you have to buy are the parts. Nonetheless, you aren’t going to be able to repair everything on your own. Some easy work you can perform in your car include:

Oil changes
Battery
Brake pads
Spark plugs
Windshield wipers
Air filter
Rorate tires
Scratches
Flat tire