No matter how much we love our car, one thing always needs to be taken into consideration and its how much they cost to run. After all, the vehicle that we use needs to be practical, and in line with our budget too. This issue of cost is, of course, something that leads many drivers to choose a used car rather than a new vehicle and with the tips below it’s possible to have even more on the running costs. Reads on to find out how.
Self-sourced replacement parts.
One smart way of saving money on the running cost of your vehicle is to self-source any replacement parts that are needed. What this means is that instead of going with the price your mechanic lands you with for finding the exact part you need, you do the detective work and hunt it down yourself.
Happily, this isn’t such a mammoth task either because with things like Volvo spares from Breaker Yard being readily available online; you could save yourself a significant sum just by logging on! Something that is worth your while to do, when you already have to pay out for the labour of getting your vehicle repaired.
Next, an essential method for saving money when running a used car is to reduce your fuel usage. One way of doing this is to change the way that you drive to make it more economical. If you drive more economically, it means that you will use less fuel and so your running costs should decrease. You can even get some in-depth help on how to do this in the video below.
Check out the tips in the video above to save money on fuel when driving.
Also, when it comes to fuel don’t forget to regularly search and compare prices from the petrol stations that are close to you online. After all, the cost of petrol can quickly add up, and if one place, usually a supermarket, is offering a lower price it’s well worth taking them up on it. You can even make it into a double whammy by collecting reward points on your petrol and then putting these towards fuel or other things later on.
Get an insurance tracker installed.
No one can drive legally without the proper insurance, but it’s often a substantial cost that can make a real hole in your budget, especially if you pay it monthly. To save on insurance, it’s a good idea to pay off your premiums in one go at the start of the cover period, as this prevents any additional charges being added.
Also, don’t forget that it’s incredibly easy to hop online and compare the best deals now. Therefore you should do this every year, and not just let your insurance automatically renew.
You may even choose to get a tracker from your insurance company installed in your car or phone, as these can severely reduce your insurance premiums as well. These trackers work by monitoring your driving, including the times at which you drive. Therefore demonstrating to your insurance company that you are a lower risk, something that can significantly reduce the cost of running your used car, and save you a packet!