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Ten Money Saving Tips To Make Motoring Cheaper For You

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Having a car means freedom, adventure, living life in the fast lane, and, unfortunately, forking out a lot of money. With each passing year, everything is getting more and more expensive, and running a car is no exception to this, I’m afraid. Because of the expense, more and more people are choosing to go without a car altogether. If you can’t do this, then you’re probably looking for ways to make life a little more money-friendly. Luckily for you, there is plenty that can be done to save some pennies here and there. Keep reading for some great tips.

  1. Empty Your Boot

If you have a roof rack on your car that isn’t being used or have a bunch of useless junk stored in the boot and back of your car, then you could be costing yourself a fair amount of money. Extra weight, even if it doesn’t seem like a lot, is going to cause you to use more fuel than you need to and this extra fuel is going to add up over time. Emptying your boot of the things that you don’t need and removing your roof rack will, therefore, reduce your fuel consumption, and save you money.

  1. Pump Your Tyres

Lots of people leave their tyres slightly underinflated, but this is both dangerous and costly. Even if you can’t visibly see that your tyres are underinflated, it could cost you over 5% extra in fuel, and, trust me, this will add up a lot. Rather than fork out for extra fuel, make sure to regularly check and inflate your tyres. You can do so at a garage, usually for a small fee, or could invest in a tyre pump of your own.
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  1. Shop Around For Fuel

While we’re talking about fuel, I thought I’d mention the most obvious way to save money on it – Shopping around. Even garages just around the corner from each other can have widely varying prices for fuel, so it’s sensible to get to know all the petrol stations in your local area. Also find out if there are any loyalty cards available at any of them, as this could help you to save even more money in the long run.
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  1. Be Careful When Parking

When you park up, it makes sense to do so as far away from any walls or other cars as possible. This is to avoid you bumping into either of them and causing a lot of damage. Don’t forget that cars can bump into you too, so this reduces the chance of that happening also. Also be aware of where you are parking because if you park somewhere you shouldn’t you could get a hefty fine.

  1. Replace Your Wipers

When it starts to rain, or mud gets splashed across your windshield, your wipers are an absolute lifesaver. Literally. Without them, your visibility is greatly reduced, meaning that you could get into an incredibly dangerous accident, which could cause a lot of damage to your car or worse. Unfortunately, wipers can get damaged easily, even if you live in a dry area, so it’s important that you change them regularly.

  1. Repair Professionally

If you’re fairly mechanical minded, then you probably try to repair yourself, rather than use a garage, as this could save you a lot of money. The problem with this is, if you do anything wrong, you could cost yourself even more cash than you would have going to a mechanic in the first place. Rather than do this, use BMW repair services, or whatever repair services suit your car. This ensures that your mechanic knows what they are doing, so you won’t have to pay extra.

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  1. Travel With Others

If you have to go to the same place on a regular basis, such as your work, then why not see if anyone near you also needs a lift? This means you’ll have a travel companion so you won’t get bored, and will also save money on fuel and insurance if you ask them to chip in. If you don’t know anyone personally that needs a lift, then have a look at some carpooling websites.

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  1. Car Wash Yourself

There is no nicer feeling than getting into a freshly washed car. Everything’s sparkling, the leather smells amazing, and you almost always get a complimentary air freshener. However, as nice as this feeling is, you have to consider if you can really justify the cost. Even getting your car cleaned cheaply will cost a lot over the course of a year. Instead, think about getting some buckets and sponges and doing the work yourself.

  1. Buy Annually

When it comes to taxing and insuring your car, you have on big decision to make; Should you pay monthly or yearly? Paying monthly id the option that many people choose, as the smaller amounts are much more manageable than paying one lump sum. However, when you do this, you will have to pay interest, so you end up paying much more than you need to. Paying annually doesn’t have this drawback, so you save money.

  1. Watch Your Mileage

When you insure your car, you have to give an estimate of how many miles you are going to cover in a year. When most people do this, they wildly overestimate and end up paying much more than they would have needed to if they had been more accurate. Rather than do this, take into account how many miles you covered in the past few years and try to be as accurate as possible. Just remember to stick to this figure, because if you go over it, you could be charged or could be left without cover altogether.

While cars do make your life a lot more convenient, they definitely come at a price, and sometimes this is a price that you just can’t afford to pay. Hopefully, these tips will make this expense a lot more manageable and will ensure that you can keep motoring for the foreseeable future.

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