Ways To Avoid Overspending On Your Car

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Regular maintenance on your car is expensive enough. Add to that the cost of gas, insurance, parking, etc and the cost of owning a car can be amazing. Here are a few ways to avoid overspending on your car and lower the cost of ownership.

  1. Do not change the oil every 3,000 miles. Most automakers recommend changing your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles on newer cars. Read the owner’s manual for specifics on your model.
  2. Change your air filter regularly. Read the manual for recommended change periods, but look the filter over from time to time. A dirty filter can rob as much as 15% of your car’s fuel efficiency.
  3. Investing in most fuel efficiency boosting additives and devices is a waste of money according to AAA.
  4. Skip buying the navigation system when you are shopping for a new car. They cost an average of two grand and most smartphones have similar apps available on them. You are already paying for the phone, so why not lower your monthly car payment?

Regular maintenance is a necessity if you want to keep the car for an extended period of time. Putting it off can cause much more expensive repairs down the line. By avoiding some of the unnecessary stuff, you can keep plenty of money in your pocket to perform needed maintenance.

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