This weekend wasn’t good for me. My beloved VW Jetta had to get towed Sunday and I’m waiting to see what the mechanic’s diagnosis is for it. Yesterday he said he just got it and from first check, it appears as if my Jetta spat out a spark plug. if that was the case, it’s an easy (and non-costly) fix.
Unfortunately it can be worse and he’ll let me today what he finds out. My VW Jetta has been pretty well and I hope it stays that way for a few more years. I’d hate to spend a ton of money on the car.
We’ve been trying to take care of our vehicles to avoid a car payment. We’d like to pay cash for our next car, so we look for ways to cut done on car costs as much as possible without taking up too much of our time.
Keeping Your Car in Shape
The best advice I received on keeping car expenses low is be vigilant about maintaining them. It does involve spending money, but it’s usually much, much cheaper than spending on a huge repair due to negligence.
Staying on Top of Your Gasoline Bills
If you want to cut down on your gasoline bills, you have to become a more aware driver. Keep mind some of the following tips and you may see some savings at the pump.
- Use a gasoline spreadsheet. My husband has one he’s created. He keeps his receipts and enters the information in batches.
- Be consistent with your driving. Switching back and forth between the brake and accelerator constantly eats up gas more than if you maintained your speed.
- Turn off your car. If you’re picking up someone and it’ll be longer than a minute, go ahead and turn off the car.
It’s not rocket science, but these tips have helped a bit. We also try to get our gasoline at Costco to save about 7-10 cents a gallon compared to surround gas stations.
Your Thoughts on Keeping Your Car Running
What’s your maintenance schedule for your car? How have you saved money with your car(s)?