Cars can be supremely expensive beasts can they not? Breakdown coverage, insurance premiums, maintenance, petrol & gas, road tax are all ways in which our beloved motors can burn a hole in our wallet the size of the car itself.
But there are plenty of ways to save money with cars and one way above all that will see you saving the most is to spend a bit money in the short-term to ensure that big long-term costs don’t jump out as a surprise. Of course, the best way to save money is to simply not own a car at all – but let’s be honest, that isn’t happening, is it?
How can you save money on your motor then? Well, the key is to spend more on a car that works than less on a car that probably doesn’t. Buying new might send your bank account into convulsions, but warranties and dealership options and coverage as well as insurance packages can save you so much money – probably just as much as that old banger you found on Craigslist.
It seems odd though doesn’t it? A flashy new car for a premium or a decent car for a little less cash? If you can find a great running car on a budget, you should definitely go for it. However, the fact that anyone can sell your car means that you are buying a car that could have went through anything – there could be some sand in the grill from the 2001 Miami Beach Rally for all you know – the seller might not even know! The danger with buying cheap cars is that the prices of getting it running again when it breaks down will build up as the car might have a chance of failing often. In fact, the car might get so beat it up that it might not even be road legal. That’s a big expense and one you likely were not planning for. Newer cars and even used cars can come with warranties and plans to help you spread these costs in the event that something goes wrong. If you’re a current owner of a car, you should look at where you can save money on plans and insurance with sites like Money Expert. Spending a little to change your policy could save you lots in the long run
No matter the car you own though – you’ll always have to spend at least a little something to ensure everything is going right. Little problems and issues with cars can turn into huge issues. For example, a worn tyre could turn into a burst tyre. Tyres are responsible for our control of the car as well as the general handling of the vehicle when on the road – you know this. If a tyre is wearing out, spending to replace the tyre is going to be a lot less of a cost than fixing exterior damage in the event of a skid and a heck of a lot cheaper than any legal penalties that might result from a car crash. It pays to spend to maintain.
And that goes for almost every aspect of your car. Would you rather pay a cheap cost to get your oil changed or pay for a new engine when the oil lubrication fails and spreads grime around your entire engine? You should choose the first option and get your oil changed on a regular basis at a price. This might be annoying but it is certainly less problematic and expensive than a cleaning of the engine or a full blown engine replacement.And that goes for almost every aspect of your car. Would you rather pay a cheap cost to get your oil changed or pay for a new engine when the oil lubrication fails and spreads grime around your entire engine? You should choose the first option and get your oil changed on a regular basis at a price. This might be annoying, but it is certainly less problematic and expensive than a cleaning of the engine or a full blown engine replacement.
What about the air filter? It’s an absurdly easy and cheap component to replace but can get filled with all sorts of dust and grime from the air of the open road. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to replace an air filter than repair air intake issues in the long run.
It might seem absurd to spend often on your car, but you could drive right into some expensive costs on your car if you don’t.