Saving Money When Caring For Your Car

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Everyone always talks about how much of a money sucker a vehicle can be.  Even after you pay your car off you still have to dish money out for maintenance and upkeep right?  Well, if you are smart about it, you can actually save money when it comes to car care and all it takes is a little elbow grease and some smart purchase decisions.   So I put together the following tips and tricks for saving money AND taking care of your precious car. 

[1] Wash It Yourself
Sitting back and watching others wash your car is a beautiful thing but you can save money and get a little workout by doing it yourself.  If you have a house, you can use a hose, a bucket, a sponge, and some auto soap to give 'er a good scrub down. I get all of my car wash supplies from the Automotive section at Walmart. If you live somewhere that doesn't have access to a hose, you can still go to a car wash and do it yourself in one of the bays.  Just make sure you bring quarters with you. Just remember to hose it off initially from top to bottom  to remove any loose dirt, then wash it section by section (top to bottom) and rinse off as you go. 

[2] Inside TLC
When you're done washing the exterior you should always take care of the interior.  First start with a microfiber dust rag and carefully dust off your dash and any hard or plastic surfaces.  This way all of the dust and dirt falls to the ground BEFORE you vaccum.  It's also a good time to clean of the interior mirrors if need be.  Then grab a vaccum (or grab some quarters and head to the car wash to use theirs) and suck all the crumbs and dirt from the seats.  Once that's done, vacuum the floor, giving special attention to under the seats.   If you have rubber or plastic floor mats you can rinse them off whenever you wash the exterior of your car. 

[3] Check Air
Many gas stations have an air machine that you can use for free to check and refill the pressure in your tires.  This is very important if you want to save money in the long run because if you let your tires get too low on air, you can risk popping one and no one wants to dish out money on a new tire when they don't have to.

[4] Oil is the Blood of Your Car
I'm speaking from experience when I say that oil changes are one of the most important ways to maintain your car.  Trust me!!!  And if you're like me and have a car that's got some decent mileage you will want to check out Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle Oil from Walmart.  No other motor oil provides better protection from friction and all Pennzoil products help clean out sludge that other oils can leave behind.  It helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in engines that are worn or have higher mileage.  Oil helps your engine run clean and stay strong so make sure you keep track of when you're due for an oil change.  You can order your motor oil online at to save time in your already busy life, plus you can avoid the crowds!  And you can have the oil shipped to your house if you know how to change it yourself or you can pick it up in the store.  Pennzoil products are on Rollback right now for a limited time at so make sure you check out the special pricing!  Pennzoil High Mileage is a great option for me and it is designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra 550 miles per year versus having a dirty engine.  So now you know why I say it can save you money (and miles!). 

[5] Shop All At Once
When it comes to the supplies you need to care for your car, you can certainly run all over town to different stores OR you can go to as your one stop shop for many of your daily needs even if it's not car related!  You can set up different pickup and delivery options and even offers curbside assistance.   

So not only can help you get all your car items in one place but it saves you time and money in the long run.  How do you save money on car care?

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1 comment:

  1. Great tips! I actually like washing my car me strange! And thanks for sharing the rollback info on Pennzoil right now! #client


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