Money Saving Monday: Car Maintenance Tips To Save Cash

View Comments
Car Maintenance Tips 2012

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Car maintenance can be expensive, but taking the proper steps to have your car or SUV serviced over the years can keep you from paying big bucks for problems that come along the way.  Check out our tips on how you can save money when your car needs to get serviced.

1.) Find a reliable maintenance department that you trust to give you the best deals along with the best service and parts for your car.  You can get charged high figures for maintenance that your car doesn’t really need, or have to pay high prices for an oil change or car part that you can find half-off elsewhere.  Talk with friends and look online for the most reliable car maintenance shop, and keep taking your car there because over time you might keep on getting discounts from having a personal relationship with the owners or maintenance crew.

2.) Some oil changes aren’t needed.  The typical rule is that you need an oil change every 3,000 miles, but some newer cars only need an oil change every 5,000 or 7,000 miles!  Check your Owner’s Manual to see how often your car needs an oil change.

3.) Read your Owner’s Manual and mark down the mile markers when you need to make check ups on your car.  This can prevent a big part in your car from breaking when you paid a small amount to check it rather than fix it once it’s broken and it’ll be probably 5 to 10 times the price you would have paid for the check-up.

4.)  Windshield Wipers are easy to replace.  Simply buy them yourselves and then follow the instructions on the box on how to replace.

5.) Repair your car yourself!  You can read books or look online to try and find out ways to replace your oil or change out filters/batteries on your own.  Be Careful Though!  You don’t want to make a mistake and then mess up your car even more, so find a knowledgeable car maintenance friend to help you out and make sure you are doing the job correctly.

6.) Make sure you always have good break pads.  Ones that are worn down tend to use up more gas in your car, so you can save money in the long haul by having new ones.

7.) Keep your 4 tires properly inflated.  Having them filled with air saves gas mileage by 3.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

8.) Although this isn’t car maintenance, clean out your car and take out heavy objects that are cluttering in the back seats.  The more weight your car has, then the more gas you use on the road.

What other tips do you have to save money while giving your car serviced?  Let us know in the Comment Section Below!

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 462 other followers