If you own a car you’ll be aware how much money it costs to run and service. There are however some things you can do to reduce these costs and bring the fun back in to motoring.
Car ownership has a huge number of benefits; however it comes with a price to pay. The costs of running a car are increasing all the time. Here are some of the things you might have to pay for if you own a car:
A valid MOT certificate is needed for every motor vehicle. The MOT cost for standard cars currently stands at around £55. However, if you look around and phone a few local garages you’ll find that they will drop the price if you agree to a service or other work at the same time. Some will even do a price comparison if you quote a competitive price you’ve found at an alternative dealer.
The price of fuel is a bugbear to any type of motor vehicle user. There is a huge amount of tax placed on fuel and even though the government have put a freeze on price increases recently, road transport groups are still calling for the duty on fuel to be reduced. Some of the ways you can save fuel include:
o Only make necessary journeys
o Make sure tyres are inflated correctly
o Take heavy items out of the boot
o Don’t drive with roof racks in place
o Drive carefully and conscientiously – putting your foot to the floor is a sure way to burn fuel
The amount of road tax you’ll pay is linked to your specific vehicle and its engine size. This is set by the DVLA and you have to pay the amount every year.
Even if you only have the oil changed you should factor servicing costs into your annual vehicle expenditure. As a rule of thumb things which may be changed as part of an annual service include spark plugs, oil filter and oil, fuel filter and air filter.
As part of the ongoing maintenance of your vehicle you will have to pay for parts which may wear out. Some of these parts include brake pads and brake discs, exhaust parts and tyres. It’s worth putting some money aside to pay for replacement car parts every year so you won’t be shocked when your local garage says you need to have a non-service part replaced.
Fred Charles wrote this article about car service parts such as spark plugs on behalf of eurocarparts.com.