Save On Your Cars Running Costs
March 17, 2020
You want to keep the cost of running your car down so you don’t end up drive your finances into the ground. Here are some handy saving tips to help.
SERVICE YOUR CAR REGULARLY
Dropping off your car for a service may be frustrating, but it has long-term benefits. Regularly servicing your car allows it to run efficiently, reducing fuel consumption etc.
You should service your car every six months, or every 10-15,000 kilometres (this varies car to car, so check your car’s manual for specifics).
CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE EVERY FEW WEEKS
Keep your tyres at the right pressure. Under or over-inflated tyres not only use up to six per cent more petrol, they’ll also wear out more quickly.
Moreover, they’re unsafe. Check them regularly to ensure your cornering, stability, and braking are not compromised.
Also, during services, make sure to get your mechanic to check the balance and alignment of tyres.
FILL UP PETROL ON THE CHEAPEST DAY
Avoid filling up on weekends and public holidays. Fuel prices often sneak up from Thursday through to Sunday, so buy petrol earlier in the week.
Also use your shopping dockets, that 4c per litre saving adds up.
It might seem obvious, but a lot people don’t realise the downsides of erratic driving.
Not only are you more likely to have an accident, but being heavy on the pedals (stopping and starting aggressively) uses way more petrol.
SHOP AROUND FOR THE BEST INSURANCE DEALS
Just because you’ve received your insurance renewal notice doesn’t mean you have to pay it. With so many insurance companies out there hungry for business, it’s worth shopping around for a cheaper deal.
FIND AN HONEST MECHANIC
Cars are more complicated than they used to be – and finding an honest mechanic will save you plenty of time and money.
At Berwick Mazda, your vehicle assurance is guaranteed with experienced master-level mechanics! They will ensure your vehicle runs at an optimum level.
REMOVE UNNECESSARY WEIGHT FROM CAR
The more weight it carries, the more fuel it uses (and the more wear and tear there is on tyres, the chassis and suspension).
The long-term effects mean a rest break at the mechanic and more money spent on maintenance.
Flouting the law can not only be fatal, but you could also incur demerit points, a hefty fine or you could end up losing your licence.
It’s also costly in terms of fuel. Speeding 10km/h above the limit can increase your fuel consumption by 10%, costing you hundreds of dollars extra each year.
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