Motoring can be a costly expense. Here are ten ideas as to how you can minimise your outgoings.
1.Find the cheapest fuel in your area
Fairly obvious, shop around regularly and keep your eyes open for better deals. There is a lot of competition at the moment, and prices are currently falling.
2.Reduce MOT Costs
The government have set the maximum MOT charge at £54.85, but some garages offer half price MOT in an attempt to win your business. Don't be tempted to use an unknown 'cowboy' mechanic, who might end up ripping you off. If you don't have anyone trusted to use, go to an authorised dealership to enlist a qualified person.
3.Cheap Sat Nav
Rather than investing in a sat nav, you can utilise smart phones as a cheap alternative. Most smartphones now have a gps tracker built in, and access to free services such as Google Navigation, means you only have the data charges for the network to consider.
4.Do Your Homework
Before buying a car from anywhere, it's important that you check its history. Services such as Experian Auto Check and HPI cost around £20 and are a sound investment as they can save you money down the line
5.Online Car Insurance
Shopping online has many benefits. Aside from the convenience, you can also compare a number of providers at a glance. Online providers are also cheaper than high street providers as they have less overheads to consider.
Whilst it might seem like an unnecessary expense, having breakdown cover built into your insurance policy can be a cost effective way of doing it, and will save you a packet in rescue fees if your vehicle was to breakdown somewhere.
7.Rent Your Parking Space
If you own your own driveway, or other parking space, there are now a number of websites that allow you to rent it out to other motorists. You normally pay a small one off registration fee to do so, but you can set the rate of the rent yourself.
8.Car Sharing Schemes
Joining a car sharing scheme to get to work etc. is not only great for the environment, but will also save you a lot of money in fuel costs, and vehicle wear-and-tear
Green cars that are low in CO2 emissions are exempt from tax and also have other allowances such as no charging for the London congestion zone
10.Find Your Own Parts
Websites such as Auto Trader, give you the platform to search for over 450,000 quality used car parts from recognised salvage experts. This can save you a lot of money for repairs, essentially just needing to pay a mechanic for the labour.