17 September, 2018

Top Tips For Saving Money On Car Maintenance

CompareNewTyres.com are always looking to save car owners money, but sometimes we understand that we don't always have the answers for and other times it's just good to hear a different opinion.

That's why we've reached out to industry experts for their top tips on saving you money on your car bills. Let's see what they had to say.

1. Build up your no claims bonus

Will Craig, CEO of LeaseFetcher: "It's a no-brainer really, but building up your no claims bonus is still one of the most effective ways to reduce the cost of insuring your car in the long-term. As you can work out from what it's called, a no claims bonus is awarded to you for every claim-free year of driving that you have. Making sure that you don't claim on a policy for at least 5 years is a pretty effective way to net a reduction in your overall premium cost."

Contribution by : Will Craig, CEO of LeaseFetcher (https://www.leasefetcher.co.uk)

2. Get more than one quote

"A little known tip is that often garages will overcharge on some services, especially when they sense the buyer doesn't know enough to make sense of a good deal, so you should always go to at least 2 or 3 garages to get competing quotes on service as well as make sure the issue one garage targeted is also validated by the other garages and not a trick to get more money from you."

Contribution by : Stacy Caprio, SmartBooks Corp Inc (http://www.fiscalnerd.com)

3. DIY car maintenance, learn to do it yourself

There are a number of common maintenance tasks on our vehicles that we're all capable of doing, but we simply do not do it through a lack of confidence, a lack of knowledge or both. 

  • Battery changes - dealers and mechanics will charge a lot just to swap out your battery for a new one. And this doesn’t include tow truck fees if a dead battery causes you break down on the side of the road! If the circumstances allow it, and you are comfortable changing your car's battery yourself, you can save money this way. Just be sure to use check the type of battery your car requires. To prevent a breakdown before it happens, replace your battery every 2-3 years. 
  • Brake pad changes - this is another tasks mechanics and brake specialists will charge a premium for. The automotive industry wants consumers to believe that this is harder to do than it actually is and will charge a lot for parts and labour. New brake pads themselves are relatively cheap. With the right tools (wheel lug wrench, some basic wrenches, pliers, a jack and a set of jack stands) and level of comfort, it is possible to perform this change yourself. 
  • Oil change - this is one of the easiest maintenance tasks to DIY. Modern cars do not need an oil change every 3,000 miles like cars of the past did. These days, it is safe to go 10,000 miles between changes. If you know the quality and quantity of oil to use, it’s easy to save!
Contribution by : Richard Reina, CARiD.com (http://www.carid.com)

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