While a great deal can be said for all the good driving habits that we regularly rely on to keep our car insurance rates low, it can also help to know what else we can do to make sure that our driving costs don’t exceed our means. In many cases, people will go to great lengths for affordable car expenses, and the logic here should be obvious: decrease them now, and the money that you can save over the years on your decreased payments could make cost-lowering factors like auto maintenance a very smart move indeed. In this two-part exploration of the relationship between maintenance of your car and maintenance of affordable driving costs, we’ll look at some of the most straightforward and manageable things that you can do to lower your expenses by investing a little time in your vehicle.
1. As always, shop around. In the event that you do need to deal with auto maintenance beyond your expertise or that of those helping you, it is always wise to see exactly who will be willing to offer the most affordable prices on oil changes, safety tests and other garage-only work. Some repair shops will also be willing to put together a package deal depending on how much you plan to get done, so see in each individual case exactly how far down they are willing to go before moving on.
2. Check your tires on a regular basis. Not only can driving on one or more partially deflated tires damage the tires and wheels of the car itself, but it can also decrease your gas mileage, adding to further costs. In order to avoid this, check your tires at least once a month and refill them when necessary. Most gas stations offer free tire-refilling services, so take advantage of these amenities when you can and you’ll be certain to appreciate it in the long run.
3. Replacing your car’s windshield wiper blades is easier than you might think. Not only that, but it will save you money since you won’t be paying to have a garage replace them for you. More to come in Part 2 - stay tuned!