Cutting the Costs of Car Ownership

Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 months ago

Cars don’t come cheap. While we see the majority of people we know driving them and they’re pretty commonplace, they are a huge investment to make. In fact, having a car tends to be the second biggest expense in drivers’ whole lives (just short of the amount they spend on rent or mortgage payments). The good news is that there are various steps that you can take to minimise the costs of getting behind the wheel and taking to the open roads. Here are a few you might want to consider!


Bulk Buy Driving Lessons


If you haven’t got your licence yet, you might want to consider how to make learning to drive cheaper. Lessons are pretty high rate considering you only usually spend one or two hours at the most behind the wheel for each one. One way to reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of your lessons is to book them in bulk. Ask your instructor how many lessons they’d recommend before you’ll be ready to take your test and ask whether they’d offer a discount if you pay for them all at once, up front. Many will be happy with this arrangement.


Finance


Most people don’t have sufficient cash spare to just buy a car outright. To make purchasing a vehicle more affordable, many of us take out finance options, which allow us to have and drive the vehicle we want, but pay back the full sum in smaller installments across a set timespan. Reduce the cost of doing this by comparing finance plans before taking one out. You don’t want to agree to the first deal that you come across. Compare and take advantage of the competitive marketplace.


Insurance


You legally have to have insurance if you’re going to drive your car on public roads. It’s a mandatory cost that you can’t opt out of. But the good news is, there are multiple providers and you can play them off against each other to reduce the cost of your overall policy. Shop around by visiting abetterchoiceinsurance.com and see what’s available to you. Find the cheapest deal out there before signing up to anything. You can also reduce your insurance policy by noting any benefits you might have, such as a lockable garage, your own driveaway, or living in a gated community. These factors can all significantly reduce the cost of your insurance!


Cleaning Costs


The majority of us automatically take our cars to the carwash when they need to be cleaned. It may be nice to have someone else do the hard work on your behalf, but this really is an unnecessary cost. Almost anyone can clean a car by themselves. All you need is a bucket of warm soapy water and sponge. You can invest in some polish if you want some extra shine!


These are just a few areas to focus on. Of course, there are other ways to save on your vehicle. But these are a good place to start! Taking to the road doesn’t have to be extortionate. You just need to make sure you’re bagging the best deals on every aspect of your vehicle costs.


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