Cut Down on the Cost of Motoring
Every motorist knows it’s not easy to keep a car on the road these days because of the expense that’s involved. The prices of fuel, tax, insurance and maintenance seem to be constantly rising, and a growing number of people have decided in recent years to sell their cars and rely on public transport instead.
For the rest of us, it has become increasingly important to find the best prices in a bid to stay within budget. The unhappy truth is that there’s no quick fix on this issue, although there are some ways to get the spending a little more under control. Here are a few tips on how to cut the cost of motoring in the coming years.
It goes without saying perhaps that the shrewd driver will always know which local filling stations are cheaper than others, but in the long run the savings that can be made won’t amount to much. The best way to save money on fuel is to make sure you have a car that offers impressive consumption stats. Over the course of a year, a smaller, more fuel-efficient hatchback will use far less gas than a guzzler of an SUV.
Tax will differ from one country to another, of course, and usually the best way to save money on this item is to have a smaller-engine car that will do less damage to the environment. Most governments are keen to offer incentives to drivers who take the greener option, so if you want to spend less on tax this is the way to go.
If you’re not in a position to change your car at the moment, or you simply don’t want to, the quickest way to cut your motoring bill is to shop around for cheaper insurance. Thankfully, this can be done in a matter of minutes with a comparison website. All you have to do is enter a few details about yourself and your vehicle, and there’s a very real chance that you’ll save yourself a small fortune in the coming year.
This is a tricky issue for drivers, because many mainstream repair shops charge an almost unaffordable hourly rate for maintenance. There may be no way around this for some, but it’s a good idea to ask around among friends and family members to see if anyone knows a local mechanic who charges less than the norm. Some specialists work weekends and evenings on their own for lower rates, so you might get lucky.
David Showell is a UK motorist. He works for 121carhire.