You don’t have to be a die-hard DIYer to save hundreds of dollars a year or more on car ownership costs.
For many people, owning, operating, and maintaining their car is one of their biggest expenses. We have dozens of tips that would save most drivers over $1000 a year on the costs of car ownership. We’ve put together five of our favorite tips to help you get the insurance, gas, and car care you need at a much lower cost so you can literally start Driving2Save today.
1. If you are Driving2Save, get an insurance policy that rewards you for it.
We’ve checked with several carriers and done the math. If you switch to an insurance company that monitors your driving, and if you follow our driving tips, you could save hundreds of dollars a year on car insurance.
2. Change your filters, spark plugs, and oil yourself.
We spend a lot of money on car maintenance that many of us could do ourselves. Although some car designs make routine maintenance a real headache, in many cases, you can change your filters, spark plugs, and oil without being a die-hard DIYer or certified mechanic. To help you, there are instructional videos for just about every make and model. If you did your own car maintenance work once a year, you would likely save a couple hundred dollars.
3. Don’t get caught at the car wash.
The average price of a drive-thru car wash is roughly $15. It is much higher if you want your car waxed as well. If you take your car to the car wash 12 times a year, you are spending at least $180 for the wash plus the cost of the gasoline required to drive back and forth ($15 is a reasonable estimate if you live close to a car wash). Instead of spending $195 on car washes in a year, you could use an eco-friendly waterless car wash and wax and spend roughly $35. That’s $160 in savings.
We’ve tested all the leading waterless car wash products, and there are several good options on the market. Our top pick is Aero Cosmetics Waterless Wash & Wax All. If you order from our Shop and use our discount code, you can get 15% off this great product.
4. Pay for only the octane your car requires.
Many drivers believe that using a higher octane rating (i.e., premium gas) is better for their engine, even when their engine does not require it. This is not only untrue in most cases, but costly given the significant price difference between regular and premium gas. For a typical driver, using the wrong gas could cost them $125 a year. To learn how to pick the gasoline that is right for your car, we have a guide that breaks it all down for you.
5. Go with GasBuddy to find the best gas prices.
Once you know what gas you need, don’t overpay for it. Use the GasBuddy App to help you find the best deals on gas near you.
If you would like more tips like these, visit our Smarter Driving Tips Page and download our curated list of Tips for Saving More than $1000 on Yearly Car Operations and Maintenance.