6 Ways to Save Money on Auto Maintenance

6 Ways to Save Money on Auto Maintenance

Saving money on auto maintenance can be hard. You want to take care of your vehicle, but you don’t want to spend a ton of money on auto maintenance. If you’re in the market to save money on auto maintenance, check out these tips.

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How Do You Feel About State Vehicle Inspections?

Car Maintenance

I’ve had a cold for over a week and it’s been bothering me more than usual when I get behind a smelly vehicle while driving. It’s had me thinking about state vehicle inspections and why Alabama and Florida don’t have any (I live on the state line between the two). For that reason I started doing some research and it turns out that while 17 states have a periodic safety inspection program, only states with metropolitan areas that don’t meet air quality standards under the Clean Air Act of 1990 are required to implement vehicle emissions inspection programs.

For example, my aunt lives in Pennsylvania and is required to get the Pittsburgh state inspection on an annual basis. Since cars are inspected there each year, their owners are much more likely to keep them well maintained so they can legally stay on the road. Of course maintaining your vehicle also has other benefits like optimizing its performance, safety, fuel efficiency and it can even extend the life of your car to better protect your investment.

Does your state require periodic inspections? If so, how do you feel about that? If your state doesn’t require inspections, do you think they should? Although I’m not really a fan of creating more government requirements, I’ve seen more than a few vehicles on the road lately that make me think these inspections are a pretty good idea.

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3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Car Maintenance

3 Simple Ways to Save Money on Car Maintenance

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!

Try these simple tips and enjoy some savings when it comes to your car maintenance budget, then save even more on your gas bill with the Gas Price Finder app from my sponsor Murphy USA!