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7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership from Breaking the Bank

I ride the bus everywhere, and while it can be inconvenient at times, I like how I get to see the people who live in my neighborhood; it keeps me in touch with the city I live in. Being able to connect with my community in this way is something I wouldn’t get to experience by being all alone in a car.

Most people rely on a vehicle for daily transportation, and would be hard-pressed to get anything accomplished without it. Public transportation is available everywhere, so if you need a vehicle, make sure you give it the best care possible so it can remain reliable and affordable.

If you’ve got to drive click through for 7 ways to keep the costs of owning a vehicle down…

  • 7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership from Breaking the Bank 1 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry
  • Stay Accident Free 2 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    In order to keep insurance costs low, be sure to always drive safely and within the laws of the road. Accidents and traffic violations can increase your insurance premiums by several hundred dollars until they are wiped from your driving record.

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  • Repair Your Credit 3 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    If you are just shopping for car insurance, be sure to check in with your credit before requesting a quote. Insurance companies use consumer credit scores to quote premium rates due to the theory that poor credit translates to an increased likelihood claims will be filed. 

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  • Get the Oil Changed on Schedule 4 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    Your mechanic can recommend the right timeline between oil changes based on how you drive, so be sure to follow through with all appointments. Dirty oil can cause your engine to clog and increased friction which can considerably reduce the lifespan of your vehicle. 

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  • Downsize Gas Guzzlers 5 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    Large vehicles like SUVs and trucks will cost you more in gasoline expenses and maintenance. Downsize your vehicle to a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle for your daily commute. 

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  • Replace Bald Tires 6 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    Vehicles will lose gas efficiency when tires are not properly inflated, are out of balance, and/or are worn down unevenly. Keep tires filled with the right amount of air pressure at all times and replace balding tires that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Bald tires are especially dangerous in inclement weather. 

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  • Keep Engine Tune-Up Appointments 7 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    Regular maintenance appointments for your engine outside of your oil changes are important for keeping your vehicle safe on the road and for giving it a long life. Small repairs should be made when problems first surface or you'll face major repair bills in the long run. Being proactive about vehicle maintenance can help keep overall maintenance costs low.

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  • Find Gas Rewards 8 of 8
    7 Ways to Keep Car Ownership From Sucking You Dry

    Pre-plan your gas fill ups so you can have a choice in pricing rather than gassing up at the closest station. Many grocery stores and gas stations offer gas rewards that can reduce the amount you pay per gallon. Also check with your credit card company to see if they offer gas rewards that can help keep costs down each week.

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