Having a car can definitely make life a lot easier, but to keep it in good condition, it’s going to require some upkeep. Here are a few tips on how you can save money on car maintenance in the long run.
1. Oil changes may not need to be as frequent as you think
Dealerships and chain automotive companies may recommend that you have your oil changed every 3,000 miles—but that’s more than likely unnecessary. Instead of doing frequent unneeded oil changes, check your manual for a more accurate description of how often it needs to be changed.
2. Perform simple car maintenance yourself
Your vehicle manual will include instructions on how to tackle some easy maintenance jobs like changing headlight bulbs, air filters, and windshield wiper blades. These are all easy tasks that some automotive shops may try to add on at the end of visits, and the cost can start to add up!
3. Build a relationship with a mechanic
A good relationship with a mechanic may end up saving you a lot of cash down the road. Find a shop that works well with you and establish an understanding that you will be bringing in repeat business if you receive quality work.
4. Take good care of your tires
Low tire pressure can result in lower gas mileage and decrease the lifespan of your tires. Fortunately, your vehicle manual will include information on what the tire pressure should be so you can stay on top of it. When tires need to be replaced, consider using a warehouse such as Costco or Sam’s Club for a better deal instead of going to conventional tire shops.
5. Turn off your engine when idle
If you’re stuck waiting in a parking lot or at the airport, go ahead and turn off the engine. This can save you a bit of money and keep you from unnecessarily burning fuel while you wait.
6. Find gas at the lowest price and combine trips
There are multiple apps available that can show you price comparisons for gas nearby. Plan your trips accordingly and you can take care of all your errands in one outing while filling up your tank along the way.