Driving a car can be costly, especially with today’s rising gasoline prices. A number of frugal living enthusiasts choose to save money on transportation by taking the bus or riding a bike when possible. Unfortunately, many of us find owning a car to be a necessity, no matter how frugal we might be. As a car owner, you should know that it is possible to avoid costly repairs simply by performing regular maintenance on your vehicle. Here are some simple tips to help you save money on car maintenance:
1) Stick to a car mechanic you trust.
More and more car owners shift from car shop to shop, spending a large amount of money on various kinds of repairs. A better way to handle things is by establishing rapport with just one repair shop owner or manager. Find a shop you like and are happy with, and get to know the people behind the services on a first-name basis. Create regular business for just one person and your loyalty will pay off in the end.
2) Lighten your load.
When it comes to fuel efficiency and wear, one thing to take into consideration is your car’s weight. A basic physics equation says it all: Mass * Acceleration = Force. Regularly check the trunk and insides of your car to see if there are any unnecessary objects you can take out. A lighter car means a more fuel efficient one.
3) Regularly clean and replace your air filter.
As you may have guessed, the air filter is in charge of filtering the air that flows into the engine. It keeps bugs, dirt and various other things from entering your car’s engine. For optimal performance, a car needs a clean air filter. A dirty filter could mean lower fuel efficiency and increased maintenance costs.
Not all drivers know that the air filter is an extremely inexpensive and easy part to replace. You simply need to unhook and unscrew a couple of latches, take the old filter out, replace it with a new one, and close it up. In some cases, it’s as simple as washing your current filter with some water and soap and drying it out before putting it back in. If in doubt, ask your father, husband or some other knowledgeable person to teach you how to clean and replace your air filter. Once you see how easy it is, you’ll never have to pay for unnecessary labor again!
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