Getting Around For Less: Savvy Strategies For Drivers

Friday, January 18, 2019

How much money do you spend on getting around in an average month? If you commute to work by car, or you drive your kids to school every day, you may clock up a fair few miles, and this could be taking its toll on your bank balance. If you’re looking to reduce the cost of keeping a car on the road, here are some savvy saving strategies.

Compare gas prices
You might assume that every gas station offers similar prices, but charges can actually vary significantly. If you’re filling up your tank a few times a week, even a couple of dollars here and there can add up over the course of a month or a year. Compare gas prices and shop around for the best deals.

Swap new for used
If you’re used to driving around in a brand new car, have you thought about buying a used car next time you fancy making a change? New cars lose value the moment you drive away from the forecourt, and you can save substantial amounts by buying cars that are used. Even if the car has only been on the road for 6 months or a year, the price is likely to be much lower. If you’re interested in buying second-hand cars, do some research to determine which makes and models interest you most, visit some showrooms and organize some test drives. Once you know what kind of car you want, browse listings online. You’ll find everything from used Hondas for sale to nearly new Fords, Toyotas and Nissans. Look out for good deals, but make sure you buy from a reputable dealer and go and see the car before you buy. Photographs can be deceptive, and sometimes crucial information may be missed out in listings.

Shop around for insurance
When was the last time you changed your auto insurance provider? If the answer is years ago, you may want to take a look at other plans and prices before automatically renewing your policy. Renewal quotes are often higher than prices charged by other providers, and it’s really easy to switch from one company to another. Use the Internet to see if you could save. All you need to do is answer a few questions about your car and your claims record, and you’ll be presented with a list of quotes from multiple companies.

Keep up to date with servicing and look after your car
Most drivers dread the moment when their car makes an abnormal noise, or there seems to be a lack of response when you push a button or a pedal. Repairs can be incredibly expensive. Although it’s not possible to prevent every mechanical issue, you can reduce your risk of problems by keeping up to date with routine services and checking the tires and oil levels on a regular basis. If you do hear potentially worrying noises, or the gears are crunching or the brakes squealing, don’t ignore these sounds and hope for the best. Get your car checked out as soon as possible.

Owning a car is never cheap, but there are ways to control costs and save money. Hopefully, these tips will help you get around for less.

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