Archive for March, 2011

Cutting Costs Without Giving Up Your Car

With the economy recently being in a state that is not very good for consumers, many people are actively looking to save money. While there are many ways to save money in your house, many people neglect to notice the ways that they can save money with their car. Some of the easiest ways to save money with your car include performing regular maintenance, grouping errands together in one trip, and shopping around for the best prices.

Performing regular maintenance is perhaps one of the most common ways to save money with your car. By getting regular oil changes, it prevents any damage that could lead to needing to replace the engine of your vehicle. If you live in an area that has snow, it is better to spend the extra money up front to get snow tires than would be to skip them and have an accident from reduced traction of a standard tire.

Along with regular maintenance, you will want to check with more than one mechanic when you need repairs done. Making sure that you are paying the lowest price for the job can save you hundreds of dollars a year. You can also check your local newspaper as occasionally they will have coupons for certain repairs if you have them done at a specific mechanic.

Now that you know that you are getting the lowest price on your repairs, another thing that you can do to save money with your car is to group all of your errands together into one trip as much as you can. By doing this, it saves gas in your car, which also saves you money in the long run. When you are putting gas into your car, you can save money by using regular unleaded gas as it is cheaper than putting in premium gas. If you want to save a lot of money, you can also walk or ride your bicycle as much as possible instead of driving. By walking or riding your bicycle, you are not only saving money, but you are also getting exercise which will help to keep you healthy. Studies show that people that get regular exercise have a smaller chance of obesity related illnesses.


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