Between the cost of gas, oil changes, car washes and other regular maintenance, it can seem overwhelmingly expensive to own a vehicle. Then you add on the cost of insurance, the annual license plate renewal, and new tires. Suddenly, you start to feel that public transportation might be a more viable option! Unfortunately, not everyone lives in an area where public transportation is available. Even those who do may choose not to use it for one reason or another. Let us assume you would like to keep your car, but you would also like to save money. There are ways to do both! You can track gas prices, obtain a discount tire coupon and call around for better rates on insurance. There are even ways you can save on car washes and oil changes. Unfortunately, there is no way around the registration and renewal fees that your state demands!
Many websites allow you to sign up for texts or emails on gas price tracking. The way it works is when a gas station in your area drops prices, the website alerts you electronically so that you can fill up when prices are low. You can also watch the pricing patterns in your area. Some claims state that there may be a particular day, such as directly before or after the weekend, when a gas station will lower its price per gallon. Additionally, gas stations will often give you a reduced priced (or free) car wash, free oil change or discount tire coupon with the purchase of so many gallons of gas. Servicing stations, such as those that change oil, rotate tires and top off fluids, will often give out the same types of deals. For example, they may offer a free car wash with every oil change, a discount tire coupon with every three rotations or a reduced price detail job with every ten paid car washes. The deals that you find will vary from station to station.
As far as car insurance goes, there are many reputable companies that would love to have you as a customer. Call around or fill out a quote request online to see if you can get better rates! Insurance is a competitive business. Rates change almost daily and customers follow the prices. You do not need to feel loyal to your insurance company. If they are significantly higher priced than another company, it is time to switch. Some companies will offer incentives to get you to switch to them. These incentives could include any of the items listed above, such as the discount tire coupon or free car wash. The offer of an incentive could even be something of more value, such as a coupon toward car rentals that you can use on your next trip. If you were thinking about switching anyhow, go for it! You can always use the discount tire coupon toward a new set of wheels, and any amount that you save will help. The state fees are probably here to stay, but hopefully the money you save in other areas will help make up for them.