7 Tips To Help You Save Money With Your Car
Car ownership can be expensive, but with a little care, you can save on maintenance costs. Here are some easy tips to help you get the most out of your vehicle without burning a hole in your pocket.
Keep Tyres Inflated To The Right Pressure
You can find the correct tyre pressure in your car owner’s manual. You can also find it on the tyre or on a sticker near the driver’s seat. Measure tyre pressures when tyres are cold. It’s best to do this in the morning after your car is parked overnight. If the pressure is low, it increases rolling resistance and reduces fuel efficiency. It will also lead to faster tyre wear. High tyre pressure will result in bumpy rides and increase the risk of a tyre burst, especially during hot summers. Always inflate the tyres to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Don’t forget to check the spare wheel.
Check The Air Filter
Your car’s engine draws clean air through the air filter. A clogged air filter will increase engine wear and reduce fuel efficiency. Get the filter inspected periodically and replace when needed. You can do this yourself, but it’s best to get it done as part of a periodic service.
Use The Right Engine Oil
The type and grade of oil to be used will be mentioned in your car manual. Always buy the product of a reputed brand. It may cost slightly more, but the performance, fuel efficiency and engine life of your car depends on it. Oil inspection and refills are also part of a routine service.
Use Air Conditioning Only As Needed
Your car uses up to 25% more fuel when the air conditioning is on. Use air conditioning only when necessary and keep the controls at the lowest possible levels to ensure comfort and fuel savings. If it is very hot, keep the air conditioning on high until the car has cooled down and then lower the settings to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Plan Your Trips Wisely
Combine errands to save fuel. You can also save fuel by choosing your routes wisely. Use online services or GPS devices to plan routes. You burn more fuel in traffic congestions or bad roads. So, it may make sense to take a slightly longer route than going through congested or potholed roads.
Shed The Excess Baggage
Sometimes, it may make sense to carry stuff like old items for charity or recyclable junk in your boot so that you can drop it off whenever you drive by the right area. However, this can prove costly if the material is heavy and you are not able to get rid of it fast. Fuel consumption increases with weight.
Get Your Car Serviced Periodically
Regular car servicing costs money, but in the long run, your savings will more than make up for the additional cost. It’s not just about savings; a well-maintained car gives you several benefits.
Better reliability – you are unlikely to be stuck on the road due to a breakdown.
It will minimize the chances of an expensive breakdown.
All components of your car will work optimally and this will increase its life.
Your car will be safer due to regular safety checks.
You will enjoy more comfortable rides and better cabin air quality.
Fuel efficiency of your car will not be compromised.
Your vehicle will be less polluting.
You will get better resale value.
You will get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are driving a safe and reliable car.
If you maintain your car well and use it wisely, you will be able to save a considerable amount in maintenance costs and fuel expenses. Periodic checkups and maintenance are a must. At specialist garages like Volksmaster, you will get dealer-equivalent service at a lower cost. If you live in or around Manchester, contact our Oldham or Bury garages, please see the telephone numbers at the bottom of the page or complete the short enquiry form directly below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.