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Owning a vehicle can cost quite a bit of money, but there are some simple steps that you can take to cut your expenses as a driver. With a little bit of foresight and some hard work, you could be able to save thousands of dollars over the course of your car’s life.
Master Basic Repairs
Learning how to carry out basic repairs is one of the best things you can do after you get a new car. Some of the skills that you might want to learn include changing flat tires, replacing old windshield wiper blades, and swapping out fuses. As you become more comfortable with your mechanical skills, you might want to invest in a basic toolkit as well. With a handful of tools, you will be able to rotate your tires, install new light bulbs, and even change your own oil.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Every vehicle is slightly different, but most experts agree that the average car needs to be serviced at least once a year. If you are commuting in your car or driving long distances, then you might need to have it professionally serviced as often as once every three months. During those service calls, the mechanic is going to replace all of the fluids and check the moving parts for any signs of damage.
Don’t Drive Erratically
Many people don’t realize just how much damage they can do to a vehicle by driving erratically. When you are constantly slamming on the brakes or accelerating as quickly as possible, some of the key mechanical components will wear out very quickly. Driving as safely and consistently as possible will extend the life of many essential parts.
Know When to Let It Go
As your car nears the end of its life, you must be ready to ask yourself, “Am I ready to sell my junk car?” No matter what steps you take to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently, there will come a point when it needs to be let go. Selling your junk car will put a little extra cash in your pocket, and that money can be used to put a down payment on a new vehicle.
These few tips and tricks could end up saving you quite a bit of money and help you avoid unexpected breakdowns. With that extra money, you will be in a much better position to buy a new car once your current vehicle is on its last leg.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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