The cost of running a car is increasing and shows no signs of slowing down. This, coupled with the more advanced electrical systems in cars means many are forking out for minor repairs they could previously do themselves. With petrol prices, insurance and toll charges, there’s seems little money to spare for regular maintenance but we have some tips to keep those costs down.
Some people find a garage and stick with it for decades. It doesn’t matter if it comes under new management, changes its staff or increases its prices, a misplaced sense of loyalty keeps us going back. We’re all afraid of being conned out of our hard earned cash but with the internet at our fingertips we can now find much better deals for a much lower price.
When you need new tyres, scratch repair, bumper scuff repair or new alloy wheels, go online. You’ll probably find someone mobile who can come to your place of work saving you the hassle and the expense of using a garage.
Read the Instructions
It’s amazing how many of us completely disregard the manual that comes with our car yet this holds the key to saving money. It tells you everything you need to know about the optimum tyre pressure, signs parts need replacing and even how to tune you stereo (or connect your smartphone to it).
Keep it Regular
Regular check-ups will save you money in the long run while ensuring you’re never one of those people stranded on the side of the road – it’s not fun. Not only can a complete service history increase the sale price of your car it can also prevent other damage occurring. Have a service every year or every winter and summer and keep an eye on the signs of wear every 10,000 miles.
Keep it Clean
We don’t recommend that you use car wash brushes on your car daily but you should keep it clean and not just in the places you can see. Dirt can get underneath which can cause a gear box to stiffen up while promoting a lot of rust. Also, if your car isn’t clean, you can’t tell if you have any small scratches. Scratch repair is cheap if you catch it early but if you leave scratch repair it can cause a lot of damage to the paintwork and your pocket.
Fill Her Up
If you are a car owner, whether you have mechanic abilities or not you have a responsibility to learn the basics for the benefit of your car and your pocket. Check your brake fluid, coolant and oil regularly and make sure you keep them at optimum levels. You should also fill up your screen wash regularly too, as this can lead to accidents if you run out when stuck behind a lorry going through puddles.
Order in Bulk
Your car tax should be bought annually if you want to save money. You can also do it online so you don’t have to waste time looking for all the relevant documents, travelling then standing in line at the post office counter.