Each car owner is well aware of the fact that his exploitation, or daily use, involves considerable expenses. They start already at the time of vehicle purchase, because their car prices are not among the lowest. We need to add expenses for fuel, insurance, inspections or minor repairs etc. Therefore, each year, our car absorbs a lot of money that we have at our disposal. It is not surprising that most drivers are looking for a way to save even a small amount of money on the operation of a car, to have more resources available for other purposes. Below are some tips that should reduce the costs associated with the use of the car.
How to spend less on fuel
Fuel is probably the largest part of our car expenses. Therefore, we should do everything to spend less money on them. One of the ways to do this is refueling at self-service stations or those located at supermarkets. The prices for petrol or diesel at such stations are even a dozen or so pennies lower than at other stations, so savings on a single tank can amount to several zlotys. When we refuel frequently – a large sum will be accumulated during the year. When refueling at gas stations, it is also worth using the so-called Moneyback, that is, the return of part of the money for fuel, in the case of payment by credit card. Such a refund for fuel is offered by many banks, and within a year from such returns can again accumulate a good sum. Someone will say that credit card costs, but it is not true. If you use it properly and use the interest-free period, you can even earn money on your credit card.
Establishment of gas installations
People who cover many kilometers every month should be interested in gas installations. As all statistics show, you can save a lot of money. Although we have to pay between 2 and 3 thousand zlotys for setting up such an installation, however, when we travel over 20,000 km over the course of a year, these costs turn to us after 7-8 months. Later, in the home budget, we save at least PLN 200 each month.
Cheap car washing
Our car must be washed from time to time. Of course, there are expenses involved. The cheapest solution will be to wash the car yourself. Then, we must count with the expense associated with the purchase of cleaning products, however, we can use them for a very long time, so in the scale of one wash it is not a big expense. However, if we do not have the opportunity to clean our vehicle ourselves and have to go to a car wash, choose those in which we can wash it alone (the cheapest solution) or touchless car washes. The differences in expenses between hand-held and non-contact car washes can reach up to several dozen percent, so once again in a year, PLN 200-300 will remain in our portfolio.
Shopping at gas stations
At gas stations, we do not just pay for fuel. Often, this is where we buy washer fluid, bulbs and car perfumes. Unfortunately, products that are at the stations are not the cheapest. We can buy them much cheaper in supermarkets, where prices are even 50% lower. We just have to plan them first, and not leave shopping for the last minute.
Ecodriving is gaining more and more popularity among drivers for two reasons. First of all, the ride is more environmentally friendly and secondly, thanks to lower fuel consumption, we can reduce the amount of money spent on fuel. Information on how to drive to burn less can be found on many websites. Implementation of the advice given there will definitely allow us to save a lot of money.
Air conditioning in the car
The air conditioning activated in the car increases fuel consumption by up to 1 liter per 100 km. Therefore, if we do not really need it, it’s better not to turn it on. If we move at low speed, it is better to open the window in the car to cool its interior. This is another saving of several dozen zlotys a year.
Correct tire pressure and car weight
Remember to systematically check the pressure in our tires. If it is too low, our car needs more fuel to move. The weight of the vehicle also affects the burning. The bigger it is, the more often we have to tan. Therefore, do not “let us” things in the car that we do not need.
This, of course, only a few examples that will allow us to save money while operating the car. There are more of them and if you also have any ideas, please add them to the comments.