How To Save Money On Your Car
Purchasing a car can prove to be a rather costly investment, with the inclusion of all the associated costs such as insurance, petrol and maintenance. Here, we will discuss how you can keep running costs to a minimum, so you can enjoy your car without worrying about having to spend too much money on a regular basis.
How To Minimize Your Car’s Running Costs
Shop Around For A Good Deal On Your Car Insurance
Car insurance can be one of the biggest motoring costs you face annually. Figures released by the Association of British Insurers revealed that, on average, comprehensive cover costs £462 a year – the equivalent of £38.50 a month.
To entice new customers, insurance companies usually offer their cheapest prices right at the beginning. To avoid falling for this, make sure that you use online comparison sites to hunt for a great deal to suit your individual requirements and budget.
Check Your Tyre Pressure
Tyres that are under-inflated by 15 psi – a difference that you probably won’t notice by simply looking – can use over 6% more fuel than properly inflated tyres, which means your monthly fuel bill is only going to increase.
It might cost 50p or £1 to inflate your tyres at a filling station, but the savings will soon add up. In fact, if you get this done at the right time, this could save you around £100 a year.
Get Cashback On Fuel Purchases
Fuel is easily the most expensive part of motoring – so why not at least earn a little while spending on this necessity? There are a number of cashback-card options available and – while they only offer a small return percentage and sometimes for a limited time only – you’d be surprised at how much it adds up.
Don’t Skimp On Tyres
While it might be tempting to go for cheap tyres in the short term to save money, this might not be the best idea in the long run. Not only do such tyres not perform as well as more expensive tyres (tests show they often increase stopping distance and have a negative effect on handling), but they may also hit your fuel economy and need replacing more regularly.
Research conducted by Which? found that a good quality ‘eco’ or ‘energy saver’ tyre could improve fuel economy by around 2.5mpg compared with the worst tyre for rolling resistance. This could knock off around £50 from your yearly fuel bill – not bad.
Here at Wyatt Auto Services, we are proud to offer the best car maintenance and repairs, MOT testing and tyre fitting in the Barnsley region. We are a family run business with a highly qualified team of mechanics who can work on any make or model of car to make it perfectly roadworthy. If your car is still under warranty, fret not; we can work to maintain or repair it as needed and remain within warranty stipulations. Wyatt Auto Services also provide free, no-obligation quotes for all repairs and maintenance. Talk to one of our friendly team today.