Saving money on car maintenance
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WFTX - AAA has released its annual report, “Your Driving Costs,” showing that it costs the average owner of a sedan $9,000 to run their car while SUV owners can expect to pay $12,000 a year.
In light of this report, we spoke with a local auto expert from the Tire Choice & Total Car Care to provide some helpful tips on how to shave off the dollars from running a car.
This is not including purchase price or loan payments. Maintenance costs saw the biggest leap, going up 11.3%.
We have a local auto expert available who can provide some helpful tips to how to shave off the dollars from running a car and thought this may make a useful piece for car owners following the release of this report.
Observing the speed limit will not just keep you safe, it can actually save you money - gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas.
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.
Don’t drive aggressively - driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas.
Pay attention to your tires – it’s one that people wouldn’t think can make that much difference, but underinflated tires can result in a 25% reduction in fuel economy.
Use the right motor oil - look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.
Tests suggest that replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability.