[The following is a guest post on behalf of Jake Ashaye, giving tips on how to produce lower car costs]
Car costs can often work out to be a significant portion of your income, especially if you are someone who drives quite a lot. At a time when many of us are looking for ways to tighten our belts and save money wherever possible, it’s definitely worth taking any steps you can to reduce your costs. Read to find out about four ways you could create lower car costs.
4 Ways To Lower Car Costs
This might not be possible for everyone, but most of us probably could drive less than we do. The majority of journeys currently involve a car – including short journeys that would be easy enough to walk.
One option for reducing your car costs is to walk or cycle wherever you can. This way, you’ll use less gas, which is naturally one of the biggest costs associated with cars. You might also be able to save on your car insurance costs, as the fewer miles you drive, the less you are likely to have to pay for your insurance.
Lower Car Costs By Driving More Efficiently
If you have to drive, it’s a good idea to drive as efficiently as you can. Ideally, this means driving in a way that conserves fuel as much as possible so you can minimise the amount you have to spend on gas.
It’s thought that driving at speeds of between 58-65mph offer the best efficiency when it comes to fuel consumption, so if you’re driving somewhere the speed restrictions allow it, keeping your car between these zones could help you to save cash.
Other tricks, such as slowing down for the lights in good time so you don’t have to slam the brakes on at the last moment can also help you to save small amounts of fuel that will add up over the longer term and help to lower car costs.
Compare Car Insurance
Another major cost related with your car is the car insurance. Getting good value, cheap car insurance depends on a range of factors, including the security of your car, how big your engine is, where you live, your driving record and more.
[Khaleef here: I wrote about how we were able to save a ton of money on car insurance, just by changing our address.]
The fact that so many things are taken into consideration when generating car insurance quotes means that different insurers might well offer you significantly different prices. Doing a regular comparison online can help you to find out where the best deals are while still making sure you have cover for everything you need it for.
Get Regular Services
Finally, you can also reduce your long term caring costs by getting your car serviced regularly. Of course, it’s going to cost you money to get the car checked once a year, but it’s definitely worth it as it can save you money in the long run.
After all, paying for a small repair now will cost much less than paying for major work to be done to your car in the future if you do nothing while you have the chance.
Getting a regular check-up can also make your car safer to drive, which is something else that can have an impact when it comes to reducing your car insurance costs so it’s definitely something worth doing at least once a year.
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