Times are tough, the economy is struggling and every penny you earn needs to be accounted for. Buying and owning a car isn't cheap and as a car owner, there is much you can do to reduce the costs of motoring which will ultimately put money back into your pocket. Here are 4 ways to cut your motoring costs today!
1. Be a better driver
Your driving habits have a direct impact on your vehicle's fuel economy.
The manner in which you drive your car on a daily basis will have a direct impact on how much fuel your vehicle burns on the daily commute. Driving like a bat out of hell will achieve only 2 things – speeding tickets and higher fuel bills. If you drive considerately you can save hundreds of Rands every month just by easing up on the accelerator. By driving more sedately and making smoother gear changes you will save money and contribute to better road safety.
2. Maintain your car
A well-maintained car will save you money over time.
Car maintenance is a costly affair, but if you want to maximise the life and performance of your car, it’s money well spent. Looking after your car has many benefits. Not only will it perform more efficiently over time, but good maintenance will ensure that you get a good price for your car when you decide to sell your car in the used car market. Poor car maintenance will lead to a higher overall cost of ownership and a poorly maintained car will command a lower price when you decide to sell it. By neglecting your vehicle, you actively devalue your asset.
3. Look after your rubber
Correctly inflated tyres will improve fuel consumption.
Tyres are costly to replace, even on the most affordable cars, but there are ways to prolong the life of your vehicle's rubber. Filling your tyres with nitrogen as opposed to normal compressed air (which consists of 70% nitrogen and 30% oxygen) has several benefits. Nitrogen helps maintain consistent tyre pressure, which will prolong the life of your tyre by up to 20%. Correctly inflated tyres reduce rolling resistance while driving, which will improve fuel consumption too. It’s also advisable to rotate your tyres every 10 000 km to ensure even tyre wear. While you're at it, have your tyres balanced and your wheels aligned at the same time. This will ensure the longevity of your tyres and save you money in the long run.
4. Buy a fuel-efficient car
A newer, more fuel efficient car will save you money over time.
Modern cars are far more fuel-efficient thanks to improved engine technology and aerodynamics. If you are driving a car that's more than 10 years old, it may be a good time to replace your vehicle. If you are looking to replace your skedonk with a newer model, Cars.co.za is the best place to find your new ride, whether it be a new car or a used car. If you are unsure about what car to buy then engage with us on Facebook and Twitter and we will be more than happy to give you all the advice you need to make the best buying decision.