Owning your own car is wonderful thing. Not only for the experience of driving itself, but also what it represents: the freedom to go wherever the open road takes you.
The practicalities of owning a car, however, sometimes get in the way of this freedom, particularly where costs are concerned.
In fact, once you’ve overcome the challenge of purchasing a car, the real difficulties begin – maintaining it. Keeping your car running can seem like a huge expense, but there are ways that you can keep costs down without cutting corners.
It may sound obvious, but a car that’s been on the road for 100,000 miles is probably going to need more maintenance than one that’s only been on the road for 10,000. Cutting down your car usage is one of the simplest ways of maintaining your vehicle and saving money.
The best way to achieve this is by cutting out those unnecessary trips that you take out of laziness. Why not jog or cycle to work at least a few days a week, for example? Or you could look into a car share scheme with some of your colleagues.
It can be extremely frustrating when you have to pay a mechanic to undertake the simplest and easiest of car maintenance jobs, so don’t let it go on any longer.
Reading your car’s manual, looking up YouTube tutorials or asking someone with experience, are all ways that you can improve your car knowledge and enable you to carry out those little jobs, like changing light bulbs or replacing the battery.
Plus, once you get more confident, you can even start sourcing your own parts, at which point you should make sure you take advantage of an Advance Auto Parts coupon to save you even more cash.
Many times when cars break down it’s a result of issues that could have been prevented relatively cheaply. Everyday car care doesn’t have to be challenging and by investing in new tyres here and an oil change there, you’ll extend the life of your car significantly and save yourself from costly repairs further down the line.
Petrol costs are one of the largest regular outgoings associated with owning a car, but there are ways of lowering your expenditure if you look hard enough.
Choosing a bank account that offers cashback on fuel, for example, may offer you savings of a few percent, which all add up over the course of a year.
Similarly, make sure you shop around for the cheapest fuel in your area. Even if you travel to new locations regularly with your car, mobile apps can help you find the cheapest petrol station wherever you are.
Don’t let the costs of owning a vehicle get in the way of all the benefits that it can provide. With the above tips there’s no reason why you can’t keep your car on the road and your bank balance in the black.
Owner / Editor of Carwitter – French car fiend, hot hatch lover. Follow @car_witter