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How to Save Money on Car Maintenance

How to Save Money on Car Maintenance

Owning a car is a major part of living in most areas. It makes it possible to get around to where public transit is unreliable, limited, or non-existent. Cars help people get to work, take their kids to school and activities, visit loved ones, and get the essentials for everyday life. A big downside to owning a car, however, is its cost. Check out this guide on how to save money on car maintenance without neglecting your car’s needs.

Get oil changes

Many people simply neglect to get an oil change because of the cost. Oil changes can keep your car healthy and save you tons of money in repair costs in the long run. Without regular oil changes, your engine will start to experience major problems and more than likely overheat, ruining the components well before their scheduled replacement dates. Go to a mechanic that you trust and ask for the cheapest functional oil for your car every 5,000 miles or as recommended by your trusted mechanic.

Be proactive with your tires

Don’t use tires until the treads are bare. Replace your tires when needed. While a potentially costly expenditure, there are ways to ensure you’re getting the most for your money. Try going to a tire shop that allows for payment options over a few months instead of needing the lump sum of cash upfront. Invest in the lowest-cost tires you can find. Stay on top of sales at your local shop and with manufacturers. Another way you can save is by buying tires from a shop that will provide you with free tire rotations. This can save you hundreds a year.

Check the fluids regularly

Lift your hood and look into the fluid levels. Sometimes, older cars require oil to be added between oil changes to keep the engine running smoothly. You can check the oil in your car quite easily. Simply take off the lid, insert the stick that comes in your car, remove it, wipe the stick off with a rag or cloth (the cloth shouldn’t be clothing because oil will stain), reinsert it, and look to see if the oil line covers the “recommended fill” line. If not, add oil and try again until it does.
The most important thing to keep in mind when saving money on your car maintenance is to find a mechanic that you trust and seek their advice on how to best maintain your car for long-term money savings.

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