|Focus On: Driving Your Car Costs Down|
In these challenging financial times, we are all looking for ways to save money. One place you may not have looked is right in your driveway. Here are a few ideas that will help you reduce the cost of one of your largest expenses, your vehicle:
· Choose synthetic oil - Though synthetic oil is more expensive, it lasts three to five times longer than petroleum-based oil. Longer intervals between oil changes will save you money over time.
· Check your tire pressure weekly - Even if a tire is just 20% underinflated, your gas mileage could be lowered as much as 2-3 miles per gallon! Plus, underinflation can reduce a tire's tread life, so you'll be spending money on new tires sooner than you should be.
· Inspect your gas cap - A defective seal can lead to gas evaporation, up to 30 gallons per year.
· Clean out your vehicle - Getting that car looking nice on the inside can actually save you money. Your fuel economy can improve 1-2% for every 100 pounds removed from your vehicle. So, take off those luggage and bike racks while not in use, and take out your golf clubs and tools until you need them.
· Conduct scheduled maintenance checks - Properly maintaining your car now can save you from expensive repairs later. Here are some maintenance guidelines, but be sure to check your owner's manual as well:
o Rotate tires every 6 months or 6,000 miles
o Check the air filter every 6 months
o Replace the brake fluid every 2-3 years
With just a few simple shifts in how you care for your vehicle, you could realize some considerable savings and keep your car at its best. But, if you think it's time for a new one or if you prefer someone else manage your auto service needs, contact our GoodDeeds consultants. We'll steer you in the right direction with thorough research and analysis, purchasing assistance and management of all your automotive needs.