Cars are an integral part of life for many people, now more so than ever. As the world gets smaller, people are relying on cars more than ever before.
Despite the rising costs, many people still rely on their car for everything from going to the shops to commuting to work, to even going on holiday.
Many jobs require us to have a licence, and ownership of a car is still definitely seen as a bonus amongst young people.
But do we really need a car? Society says we do, but the price of owning a car is making it harder and harder to justify it. So how can you save money on car ownership?
If something goes wrong with your car (and it inevitably will, especially if it is an old model), then you could be left seriously out of pocket.
And if you are not much of motor expert and take your car to a garage at the first sign of trouble, mechanics will see you coming a mile off and might take you for a ride.
If your car breaks down, see it as an opportunity to learn a new life-skill and see if you can fix the problem yourself. Use the internet, your car’s manual, and any friends or family who have a bit of know-how to help you figure out the problem and get it resolved.
If your car is damaged as the result of an accident, then remember that your car insurance will often cover the costs of repairs.
There was once a time when it cost less than a pound per litre of petrol to run a car. But fuel prices have risen astronomically in recent years, so how can you keep costs down?
Try not to make any short, unnecessary journeys, and you’ll be surprised how much fuel you have left in your tank at the end of the week.
Also, remember to drive economically. This means keeping revs down, reducing acceleration and driving in a careful manner.Back to top