Cars: Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them!
This is simply the truest saying there ever was. We rely on cars so heavily that even if we could walk to the shops nearby to get that vegetable which we forgot for the roast dinner; we would rather drive than walk. Simple little tasks would be made so difficult if we didn’t have a car. However, the one thing that every driver seems to moan about is the cost of running a car; which is really high. You’ve got things like repairs, insurance, fuel etc. and by the end of the month, you might have come to the realisation that the amount you’ve paid to run your car could have gotten you an extremely fancy meal out. But, we certainly can’t live without cars and so, we pump all our money into them in hope that they’ll carry on running for us. Since we can’t live without them, here’s what you can do to improve how you live with owning a car.
Cut Some Costs
It’s no secret that owning a car is just one big money drainer, so let’s start with one of the biggest issues, fuel. Now, there’s nothing you can do to change the price of the fuel you’re putting in, but there are ways to conserve it. Always keeping to the speed limit and always driving economically is one. Only taking the journeys you really need to make is another. If the shop that you need to go to is literally right down the road for you, you don’t need to drive! Insurance has to be the second biggest pain in the bum. It can either be one big payout, or spread across the months of the year. The first is the better option. It gets it out of the way and the premium is certainly cheaper. If you want to make it even cheaper, keeping a clean license record will help to reduce the premium over time as well.
Fix The Problems
Some cars are just destined to break. Whatever you do, don’t ignore a problem. No matter how bad the cost is, it’ll only get worse as time goes on. Take it to an auto repair center, and see how much it is going to cost to get the problem fixed. A lot of people assume it’s going to cost hundreds, which is why they don’t bother taking it into the garage. Don’t get us wrong, some fixes will be in the hundreds, but others are so simple it will hardly cost you anything!
Find The Right Car For You
If you’re going to live with cars, then you need to make sure you’ve got the right car for you. Some cars just don’t suit some people's finances and needs. For example, if you’ve got a family; a SUV or MPV might suit you more than say a sports car. If you’re a young adult, then something cheap like a simple hatchback is going to cost you less than something more flashy. Be smart and make the right decisions!