Goodness, isn’t driving expensive? I have been at it for decades and must have spent a fortune! The worst thing is I have never been able to find a way to cut the cost of getting behind the wheel. Sure, there have been a few cheaper insurance premiums here and there, and the price of petrol drops from time to time, but nothing significant. Not until now, anyway. A word of warning, though – the tips are long term, and you might not see huge savings straight away. But stick to them and you’ll notice a change. Are you ready? Put your belt on, then, because it’s time to go.
Sweat The Small Stuff
Does the engine make a sound it shouldn’t, or is there a rattling noise? If the answer is ‘yes’ it’s time to get down to the mechanics and ask them their expert opinion. Those warning lights aren’t there to look pretty, take heed at their warnings! Sometimes it’s easy to ignore them, but please don’t. The reason is simple – small problems escalate into bigger ones. And the bigger ones are catastrophic. So, something like a rattling noise might not seem problematic now, but it will when you’re on the hard shoulder of the motorway. The bill will also be problematic because car repairs don’t come cheap. If you want to save some money, you can pick up ‘OBD Code Readers‘ which will read the fault codes and suggest what could be the issue.
Buy A Second-Hand Car
One of my biggest expenses is buying a new car. And, trust me – I love the idea of buying a new motor! There’s something about the feel and the smell that makes me twinge with excitement. What I have come to realise, however, is the adrenaline rush isn’t worth the cost. A rush of blood for a few grand? Even the biggest petrol-head will admit it isn’t exactly a bargain. A bargain is a second-hand car. The used car industry is full of great motors which are just as good as a new car. If your savings pot isn’t quite big enough, then maybe look at iLoans for a loan to help you out.
Carpooling is a new phenomenon which I love. I mean, I haven’t exactly done it yet, but I do love the idea. It is simple: a person going on a journey advertises the fact on a site like Liftshare, and people that want a lift tag along. For the person driving, the benefit is being able to charge money. The money can go toward the overall cost and maintenance of the car, which makes owning and driving one a lot cheaper. Plus, I think it’d be cool to meet new people every day. You know, as long as they aren’t serial killers.
Car Parts are cheaper online
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and want to repair your car yourself you can often get parts a LOT cheaper online. Yup, those bit ‘Auto Warehouses’ are pretty cheap already, but if you’re not in a hurry for the spares, places like eBay are brilliant! Make sure you’re buying from UK Sellers, or else you’ll be waiting AGES otherwise.
What top tips would you give someone to cut the costs of driving? Drop them in a comment below!
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