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Are You Throwing Money Away on Auto Expenses?

Lately all drivers have felt the burn of draining bank accounts thanks to rising automotive costs nationwide. Face it, it’s 2022 and life is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. This is why now, more than ever, drivers must find ways to prioritize their spending. It’s time to cut out the auxiliary costs and get back to basics this year. From expensive gas to high-end detailing, are you guilty of throwing money away on costly auto expenses? Here’s the best ways you can save in 2022:

Opt for regular gas

For car owners that purchase “premium” gas at the pump, consider switching back to regular gas this year. Though certain manufacturers require premium fuel, the majority of conventional vehicles do not. The truth is, it’s perfectly fine to buy regular gas to fill up your car. If you’re still unsure, check out your owner’s manual to see the fuel grade that your vehicle actually needs. Fueling up is already expensive with regular gas. Why spend more?

Reduce your speed

It’s the oldest trick in the book but slowing down will stop you from throwing money away each month. Reckless driving, constant braking, and quick acceleration puts constant strain on your vehicle. The more often you speed or drive for long periods of time, the more trips you’ll make to the gas station. Therefore, more money out of your pocket. Simply put, you don’t need to swerve in and out of lanes to satisfy your road rage. It’s just not worth it. Drive at cruising speed and allot extra time before you head out on the road.

Stop buying high-performance tires

It’s not uncommon for a salesperson to persuade car owners into buying high-end tires. Though they might look cool and impressive, 9 times out of 10 your vehicle doesn’t need this caliber of tires. In most cases, high-performance tires or specific name brands can cost twice as much as durable, quality options. The best way to avoid falling for this ploy is by researching the type of tires you need before stepping foot in an auto center or tire shop.

Consider DIY repairs

We know that not every driver is mechanically inclined, but have you ever considered doing basic repairs yourself? It’s perhaps the easiest ways to save at home especially now that mechanic costs are through the roof. You can check out our guide for DIY Automotive Repairs Anyone Can Do or find inspiration from how-to videos on YouTube. Either way, you can quickly learn to switch fluids or replace windshield wipers on your own. Not every repair requires the cost or attention of an automotive expert.

Compare auto insurance policies (regularly)

With auto insurance rates reaching new levels in 2022, it’s time to switch up your strategy. Don’t just settle on your current policy. Since car insurance plans change on a regular basis, you’re potentially missing out on lower rates by not reevaluating your policy every so often. These days, if you want cheap insurance, you have to put in the work. When you find the time, compare insurance policies online and see what the best deal is out there for you. All said and done, there’s no use for throwing money away when other options are available.

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Linzi Martin
Linzi Martin has worked as a content manager, consultant, and writer for the past six years. She's handled everything from blogs and articles to e-books and social media content. Her work has been featured in various publications including Apartment Guide, The Startup, and Voyage Magazine. Outside of work, Linzi enjoys staying active, frequenting new restaurants around South Florida, and spending time with her family.

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    1. as long as i’ve been driving I always thought that my speed and gas use being connected was a myth, now knowing being a speed demon will cost me more money ill definitely be slowing down all 2022.

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