It’s rather unfortunate that a lot of people in Britain have to avoid owning a car because the costs associated with car ownership can often rise to levels that could potentially cause owners to live above their means.
There are millions of cars on the road, and it’s no secret that with the constant rise of fuel, insurance and servicing costs, motorists are facing a tough time keeping their pride and joys on the road.
Thankfully, there are some money-saving tips that can help you to become a superscrimper and keep motoring costs down as much as possible. Here are some of the best tips that you need to know about!
Buy your fuel from supermarket filling stations
There is a lot of debate about whether the petrol and diesel sold by supermarket filling stations are as good as the ones sold by branded filling stations like Shell (pictured above).
The truth is they all adhere to specific fuel standards, but you are likely to find that the branded ones contain extra chemicals and detergents to help keep your engine cleaner. What you could do is fill up three out of four times at a supermarket filling station, and on the fourth fill-up go to a branded one, so that your engine doesn’t miss out on those extra detergents.
It’s also worth pointing out that if you shop at the same place where the (supermarket) filling station is, you are likely to receive discount vouchers to use when you next buy your petrol or diesel there; this will make your fuel bills even cheaper!
Get a newer car
This might sound a bit drastic on first glance considering the whole point of this blog post is to offer money-saving motoring tips, but if you are driving around in an old Rover 200 or some other “ancient” (by motoring standards) car, you would be better off buying a newer, more-economical car with a modern fuel-saving engine.
Car dealers such as harratts.co.uk will be able to help you choose the most fuel-efficient car for your needs and budget, and whilst there is the initial cost of the car to think of, you will save heaps on keeping your car on the road!
Shop around for your car insurance
You would be surprised by the number of folks that just stick with their current insurers because they are too lazy to shop around and switch! Websites such as Go Compare make it easy to get quotes from multiple insurance companies, and if you get quotes weeks before your insurance is up for renewal, you will save even more money on your insurance premiums.
Be a better driver
One of the reasons that many motorists face increased fuel and maintenance costs on their cars isn’t so much because the costs have increased, but it’s due to their style of driving.
When you are out on the road, you should travel well in advance of your intended arrival time at your destination so that you don’t have to rush to get there (and burn more fuel than you need to).
You also help to keep wear and tear down on your car; for example, you won’t be wearing your brakes out so quickly.