There are many common sense ways to save money on your car. In this high tech age, we often overlook the simplest things that can save us money when operating our car.
Be sure that your tires are properly inflated. Improperly inflated tires lead to excessive wear and diminish your fuel efficiency.
Follow the old rule of thumb to change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or 3 months. This might seem excessive, but it allows your mechanic a chance to check under the hood for any small problems before they become large problems.
Check your fluid levels once a week. At the same time, spot check your belts and hoses for anything that looks unusual. If you see corrosion on your battery cables, remove it before it causes you to be late to work one day. Its easy to set aside one day each week to do this. Saturday or Sunday mornings are often the best time. It’s usually only a 15 minute chore.
Wash your car by hand every week. This removes any road filth, and you get exercise when its done by hand. You have to watch out for yourself and not just your car.
Wax your car every 3 months. This applies a protective coating to the paint, and you wont be paying for a new paint job soon.
Replace your windshield wiper blades every year. This may not save money on operating your car, but it could save your life or expensive body repairs if you get caught on the road in a bad storm with faulty windshield wiper blades.
Be sure to use the proper grade of gasoline in your car. Most cars will perform well on regular grade gasoline. Check your manufacturers recommendations if you believe you should use premium fuel to be sure its justified.
Park your car in a garage or under a carport. If you must park in the open use a car cover. This will protect your paint job.
Consider carefully before you pay to install a car alarm. Car alarms go off so often that few people will pay any attention if you car is actually being stolen. Use the Club instead to lock your steering wheel.
Look over your auto insurance policy. 15 minutes asking your insurance agent some questions can save you hundreds of dollars per year.
Drive at the speed limit. Break the habit of rapid acceleration.