In many areas of the country owning a car is a practical necessity. When owning a car, there are many expenses that owners incur every year. Beyond auto loan payments, insurance, and gas, car maintenance is an expense that can really add up. While maintenance can be expensive, here are five ways that you can reduce some of that spending and still care for your family transportation.
Perform Some Work Yourself
One of the best ways that you can save money on car maintenance costs for your family is to do some of the work yourself. Most families spend hundreds of dollars per year on car maintenance services that could easily be completed at home. Even those that are extremely inexperienced with maintaining cars could learn how to change their oil and other fluids, rotate their tires, and complete other routine maintenance services.
If you do not want to perform the maintenance on your own, another way to save money would be to use coupons and take advantage of discount offers. Many of the national
care care centers provide regular fliers and advertisements online and in local and national publications. Taking advantage of these can normally save up to twenty percent or more off of the base price.
A great way to save money in the long run is to stick to your vehicle’s recommended maintenance plan. While the maintenance schedule may require more maintenance up front, it will help to prevent more significant repair needs in the future.
Find Online Deals on Tires
Another way to save money on your car maintenance needs is by shopping around for tires. When shopping for car tires, looking online is normally a great option. Websites such as http://simpletire.com/ and others provide deals on tires and accessories for all car types. These websites can be used to save hundreds off of your tire purchases.
The fifth way that you can save money on auto maintenance is by negotiating. Many car care centers and maintenance shops are willing to negotiate with their customers if it means winning or losing a loyal client. While some services may have base prices that cannot be haggled, many of the more expensive maintenance and repairs come with plenty of wiggle-room in the price. Negotiating could either help you to receive a discount or receive additional services for free.
The cost of maintaining a car is frequently grossly underestimated by most car owners. While maintaining a car can be expensive, these steps could save money off of your family’s car maintenance expenses, and keep you on the road for less green.
This guest post was written by Rianne Hunter with some contributions from Rhett Stone. Rianne is a wife, mother of three, and avid blogger regarding all things family, finance, and health.
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